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Research Focus

We are a theory and computational group interested in the understanding and design of nanomaterials and nanodevices. Towards this goal, we employed a range of multiphysics and multiscale tools both retrospectively (e.g. corroborating our results to experiments) and prospectively (e.g. predicting new phenomena and finding solutions to open problems). Our work in recent years is largely focused on the class of two-dimensional crystals and their heterostructures, topological and magnetic materials. We revealed their basic electronic and optical properties, and their opportunities for novel electronics, spintronics, optoelectronics, nanophotonics and plasmonics.


Postdoctoral and PhD positions available.

Interested applicants please contact Professor Low at tlow@umn.edu



Recent Publications

Tony Low, Andrey Chaves, Joshua D Caldwell, Anshuman Kumar, Nicholas X Fang, Phaedon Avouris, Tony F Heinz, Francisco Guinea, Luis Martin-Moreno, Frank Koppens

Polaritons in layered two-dimensional materials

Nature Materials 16, 182 (2017) [pdf]

Guowei Zhang, Shenyang Huang, Andrey Chaves, Chaoyu Song, V Ongun Özçelik, Tony Low, Hugen Yan

Infrared fingerprints of few-layer black phosphorus

Nature Communications 8, 14071 (2017) [pdf]

Recent News

January 31, 2019

N2D at Fudan 2019

We thank all invited speakers, poster presenters and participants for making N2D 2019 a success! Stay tuned on the next N2D. 

October 6, 2018

Join us for the second Nanophotonics in 2D Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai China, from 14-17 Jan 2019. Participate by submiting your abstract at


August 22, 2018

A team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has developed a new material that could potentially improve the efficiency of computer processing and memory. The findings are published in Nature Materials, a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Nature Publishing Group. See News Release here.

August 21, 2018

Dr. Hussain Alsalman will be giving an invited talk at the SSDM 2019 conference at Tokyo University, on the design of 2D heterostructures for electronics and optoelectronics.

August 9, 2018

Dr. Andrei Nemilentsau will be giving an invited talk at the SPIE Conference at San Diego, August 20th 2018, on his latest results about controlling light flow with 2D materials.