Micro and Nanotechnology Lab
Assistant Professor
  • Mechanical Science & Engineering
214 Materials Research Lab MC 230
104 S. Goodwin
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 244-2912
Building Faculty
214 Materials Research Lab MC 230
104 S. Goodwin
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 244-2912

Primary Research Area

  • Micro and Nanoelectronics
Arend van der Zande
Arend van der Zande



  • Ph.D. Physics, Cornell University, 2011
  • Master of Science, Physics, Cornell University, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science, Physics and Mathematics, University of California Santa Cruz, 2003

Academic Positions

  • Affiliate, Materials Research Lab, September 1, 2017 - Present
  • Affiliate, Electrical and Computer Engineering, March 18, 2017 - present
  • Affiliate, Beckman Institute, November 1, 2015 - Present
  • Affiliate, Micro and Nanotechnology Center, UIUC August 15, 2015 - Present
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, August 16, 2015 - Present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Energy Frontier Research Center, Columbia University, 2012-2015
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, 2011-2015
  • Graduate Student Researcher, Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics, Cornell University, 2004-2010

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Research Interests

  • Professor van der Zande's research re-engineers classic 3D systems at atomic length scale like mechanical structures such as atomically-thin membranes or flexible films and electronic structures such as transistors or photodiodes. We utilize molecular scale building blocks made from new 2D materials like graphene and molybdenum disulfide. The materials are naturally stable at only one to a few atoms thick and can be grown or manually manipulated to build heterostructures with tailored properties by stacking 2D materials layer-by-layer, like lego building blocks. These new structures are then used in applications that lie at the forefront of nanotechnology such as highly-tunable nano-electro-mechanical systems, flexible electronics, pushing Moore’s Law, sensors, biological interfaces and new energy systems.

Research Areas

  • M/NEMS and Integrated Systems
  • Micro and Nanoelectronics
  • Optoelectronics and Nanophotonics

Selected Articles in Journals

Courses Taught

  • BIOE 497 - Individual Study
  • ME 370 - Mechanical Design I
  • ME 586 - Mechanics of MEMS
  • ME 598 - Mechanics of 2D Nanomaterials
  • ME 598 - Nano-Fab & Characterization