Junhao Lin

What are you most trying to accomplish in your work? 

The ultimate goal of my work is to thin down the modern integrated electronic to atomic thickness, say, one thousandth of the thickness that we can achieve so far by conventional technology.

What do you think sets your work apart from the work of others in your field?

We used the state-of-art technology where we can see the atoms directly, and manipulated them to fabricate the device with desired properties. Such approach focuses on the design of the microscopic structure of the device.

What or who inspired you to get into your field? Do you have any individuals or groups of people that you credit with helping you achieve the goals you set out to accomplish?

My PhD advisor, Prof. Sokrates T. Pantelides and Dr. Wu Zhou. They gave me the direction of this project. They also worked with me and contributed a lot in the current work and I think all of them should share the credit of this work.

What role has serendipity played in the turning points in your career? 

I have to agree that serendipity do play a role in my career. I was an engineer before entering into the PhD study. I met my advisor by accident, and I decided to go for a PhD after talking to him, where I was trained as a physicist. I think the combination of my work experience in engineering and the systematic training of the scientific thinking during my PhD lead me to succeed

What have been the greatest challenges that you have encountered in your career?

Attempts to publish some important works but got rejected by journal editors. You never know what the editors think about your works

Do you believe leaders and innovators have certain qualities that they all share? If so, what?

Yes. First of all, they are energetic and always have new ideas; second, they claim down much faster than others after the problems come; third, they all have a strong faith for what they are doing.

How would you most like to change the world through your work?

I hope my work can lead to a revolution in semiconducting industry where the paper-like computers, phones and tablets become possible.

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