Research Focus

We are a theory and computational group specializing in the design of advanced nanomaterials and nanodevices. Our multidisciplinary approach combines cutting-edge techniques to reveal the electronic and optical properties of 2D crystals, topological and magnetic materials, and explore their potential for groundbreaking applications in electronics, spintronics, optoelectronics, nanophotonics, and plasmonics. Our research programs are designed to tackle some of the most pressing challenges in the field, from identifying new phenomena to improving device performance and functionality. Our unique strength lies in our unified multiphysics approach, which allows us to codesign materials and devices to achieve breakthroughs in performances. We have made significant advancements in the understanding of basic electronic and optical properties of 2D crystals and their heterostructures. We have also explored the potential of topological and magnetic materials for novel applications in electronics, spintronics, and optoelectronics. Our research group has been fortunate to receive fundings from NSF, DARPA, Intel, SRC, DMREF, EFRI, and DoD. We believe in sharing our passion for innovation and discovery, and has been actively organizing a wide range of outreach activities. 




Postdoctoral and PhD positions are available!

Tony Low’s group at the University of Minnesota has several PhD positions available for students in the theory and modeling of nanoscale materials, electronic, spintronics, plasmonics and optoelectronic devices. The National Academy of Engineering recently recognized the top 20 achievements in the 20th century, which include electronics, computers, telephone, internet, imaging, laser, fiber optics, among others. Key to the development of these technologies are the advancement in solid-state devices over the last 50 years. These devices, such as transistors, amplifiers, light emitting diodes, magnetic tunnel junctions, lasers, and solar cells, have revolutionized the way information and energy are stored, processed, transmitted and utilized. Indeed, today’s society demand for innovations in solid-state technologies has never been greater. If you share a similar passion in the discovery of new ideas for solid state devices that can change the world, consider joining our team. Check out our research at: 

Research Homepage: https://tonylow.umn.edu/

Youtube Page: https://www.youtube.com/@professornanoscience

Interested students please contact Prof. Low directly at [email protected] with your CV and few representative publications. 


Nanophotonics in 2D, Fudan University

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


New material could improve efficiency of computer processing and memory

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. For the research paper entitled “Room-temperature high spin–orbit torque due to quantum confinement in sputtered BixSe(1–x) films,” it can be found here.

SSDM at Tokyo University

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.

SPIE Conference at San Diego

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.