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Gong, Cheng

Gong, Cheng

Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Quantum Technology Center
Materials Science and Engineering
Brain and Behavior Institute
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
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).

Cheng Gong’s Super-Performance Energy-Efficient Devices (SPEED) featured in Nature Electronics

“Small-voltage multiferroic control of two-dimensional magnetic insulators”

Selected Publications from NanoCenter's AIM Lab and FabLab

Highlighting recent research performed at the NanoCenter AIM Lab and FabLab.

Cheng Gong Honored as Chemist of the Year

Maryland Section of American Chemical Society bestows award

“Unusually high performance of low-dimensional memories”

A work led by Prof. Cheng Gong published in Matter.

NAWCAD-UMD Seed Grant Review and Discussion strengthens collaboration commitment

The event emphasized research, advanced education, and outreach collaborations for the region, the state of Maryland and the nation.

Department Celebrates Achievements During Annual ‘Welcome Back’ Luncheon and Awards Ceremony

Event recognizes outstanding achievements by students, staff and faculty.

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.