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Gong, Cheng

Gong, Cheng

Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Quantum Technology Center
Materials Science and Engineering
2216 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building

Cheng Gong received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas, and was a postdoctoral scholar in University of California, Berkeley till his joining of University of Maryland. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


  • IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Semiconductors (2020)

  • 2D materials and devices
  • 2D magnetism and spintronics
  • Energy-efficient nanoelectronics
  • Quantum phenomena

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T. Xie, Q. Wang, R. M. Wallace, C. Gong, “Understanding and optimization of graphene gas sensors”, Applied Physics Letters 119, 013104 (2021).

Z. Tu, T. Xie, Y. Lee, J. Zhou, Y. Gong, A. S. Admasu, N. Valanoor, J. Cumings, S.-W. Cheong, I. Takeuchi, K. Cho, C. Gong, “Ambient effect on the Curie temperatures and magnetic domains in metallic two-dimensional magnets”, npj 2D Materials and Applications 5, 62 (2021).

S. Lan, X. Liu, S. Wang, H. Zhu, Y. Liu, C. Gong, S. Yang, J. Shi, Y. Wang, X. Zhang, “Observation of strong excitonic magneto-chiral anisotropy in twisted bilayer van der Waals crystals.” Nature Communications 12, 2088 (2021).

E-W. Du, S.-J. Gong, X. Tang, J. Chu, A. M. Rappe, C. Gong, “Ferroelectric switching of pure spin polarization in two-dimensional electron gas.” Nano Letters 20, 7230-7236 (2020).

C. Gong, X. Zhang, “2D magnetic crystals and emergent heterostructure devices.” Science 363, eaav4450 (2019).

C. Gong, E. M. Kim, Y. Wang, G. Lee, X. Zhang, “Multiferroicity in atomic van der Waals heterostructures.” Nature Communications 10, 2657 (2019).

Y. Xia, Q. Li, J. Kim, W. Bao, C. Gong, S. Yang, Y. Wang, X. Zhang, “Room-temperature giant stark effect of single photon emitter in van der Waals material”, Nano Letters 19, 7100-7105 (2019).

J. Feng*, C. Gong*, H. Gao, W. Wen, Y. Gong, B. Zhang, Y. C. Wu, Y. S. Wu, H. Fu, L. Jiang, X. Zhang, “Single-crystalline layered metal-halide perovskite nanowires for ultrasensitive photodetectors.” Nature Electronics 1, 404-410 (2018).

S.-J. Gong*, C. Gong*, Y. Sun, W. Tong, C. Duan, J. Chu, X. Zhang, “Electrically induced 2D half-metallic antiferromagnets and spin field effect transistors.” Proceedings of National Academy of Science 115, 8511-8516 (2018).

Q. Li, M. Yang, C. Gong, R. V. Chopdekar, A. T. N’Diaye, G. Chen, J. Turner, A. Scholl, P. Shafer, E. Arenholz, A. K. Schmid, S. Wang, K. Liu, N. Gao, A. S. Admasu, S.-W. Cheong, C. Hwang, J. Li, F. Wang, X. Zhang, Z. Q. Qiu, “Patterning-induced ferromagnetism of Fe3GeTe2 van der Waals materials beyond room temperature”, Nano Letters 18, 5974-5980 (2018).

C. Gong, L. Li, Z. Li, H. Ji, A. Stern, Y. Xia, T. Cao, W. Bao, C. Wang, Y. Wang, Z. Q. Qiu, R. J. Cava, S. G. Louie, J. Xia, X. Zhang, “Discovery of intrinsic ferromagnetism in two-dimensional van der Waals crystals.” Nature 546, 265-269 (2017).

C. Gong, C. Zhang, Y. J. Oh, W. Wang, G. Lee, B. Shan, R. M. Wallace, K. Cho, “Electronic transport across metal-graphene edge contact.” 2D Materials 4, 025033 (2017).

C. Gong, L. Colombo, R. M. Wallace, K. Cho, “The unusual mechanism of partial Fermi level pinning at metal-MoS2 interfaces.” Nano Letters 14, 1714-1720 (2014).

C. Gong, S. McDonnell, X. Qin, A. Azcatl, H. Dong, Y. J. Chabal, K. Cho, R. M. Wallace, “Realistic metal-graphene contact structures.” ACS Nano 8, 642-649 (2014).

C. Gong, S. Kim, S. Zhou, Y. Hu, M. Acik, W. de Heer, C. Berger, A. Bongiorno, E. Riedo, Y. J. Chabal, “Chemical bonding and stability of multilayer graphene oxide layers.” SPIE OPTO 8987, 89872C (2014).

C. Gong, C. Huang, J. Miller, L. Cheng, Y. Hao, J. Kim, R. Ruoff, R. M. Wallace, K. Cho, X. Xu, Y. J. Chabal, “Metal contacts on physical vapor deposited monolayer MoS2.” ACS Nano 7, 11350-11357 (2013).

C. Gong, H. Zhang, W. Wang, L. Colombo, R. M. Wallace, K. Cho, “Band alignment of two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides: application in tunnel field effect transistors.” Applied Physics Letters 103, 053513 (2013).

C. Gong, H. C. Floresca, D. Hinojos, S. McDonnell, X. Qin, Y. Hao, S. Jandhyala, G. Mordi, J. Kim, L. Colombo, R. S. Ruoff, M. Kim, K. Cho, R. M. Wallace, Y. J. Chabal, “Rapid selective etching of PMMA residues from transferred graphene by carbon dioxide.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 117, 23000-23008 (2013).

C. Gong, D. Hinojos, W. Wang, N. Nijem, B. Shan, R. M. Wallace, K. Cho, Y. J. Chabal, “Metal-graphene-metal sandwich contacts for enhanced interface bonding and work function control.” ACS Nano 6, 5381-5387 (2012).

C. Gong, M. Acik, R. M. Abolfath, Y. J. Chabal, K. Cho, “Graphitization of graphene oxide with ethanol during thermal reduction.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 116, 9969-9979 (2012).

C. Gong, L. Colombo, K. Cho, “Photon-assisted CVD growth of graphene using metal adatoms as catalysts.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 116, 18263-18269 (2012).

C. Gong, G. Lee, B. Shan, E. M. Vogel, R. M. Wallace, K. Cho, “First-principles study of metal-graphene interfaces.” Journal of Applied Physics 108, 123711 (2010).

C. Gong, G. Lee, W. Wang, B. Shan, E. M. Vogel, R. M. Wallace, K. Cho, “First-principles and quantum transport studies of metal-graphene end contacts.” Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings 1259, 1259-S14-35 (2010).

Professor Cheng Gong Awarded $1M in Grants from Two Federal Agencies

Awards from AFOSR and NSF to advance Gong's Research

Gong Wins UMD Invention of the Year Award

New sensor technology can accurately determine the freshness of meat to help reduce food waste.

2022 BBI Seed Grant Awards to Fuel Innovation in Aging and Development Research

The five interdisciplinary projects funded by the BBI offer cutting-edge approaches to translational neuroscience.

Gong Lab Publishes Two Papers Related to 2D Quantum Materials Sensors and Receives MII Funding

Prof. Gong and students leverage quantum materials to to detect tiny quantities of airborne molecules.

ECE Names 2020-2021 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows

The fellowships are awarded to outstanding students in the final stages of dissertation work in recognition of their research excellence.

Gong Paper on Ferroelectric Control of Half-Metallic 2D Electron Gas Published in Nano Letters

Half-metallic 2D electron gas can be both created and polarized by the ferroelectrics in multiferroic superlattice, holding promise for high-efficiency spintronics.

Assistant Professor Cheng Gong Wins IUPAP Young Scientist Award

Prof. Cheng Gong has won IUPAP’s 2020 Young Scientist Award in Semiconductor Physics for his original breakthrough research on two-dimensional quantum materials and devices.

University of Maryland Launches Quantum Technology Center

The new research center will catalyze the development of high-impact quantum technologies.

ECE Welcomes New Faculty Member Cheng Gong

Assistant Professor Cheng Gong joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department on August 1.