Tongcang Li, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University


2023 Experimental Physics Investigator

Tongcang Li, Ph.D.

Research Description

Electron charges and spins in two-dimensional materials have been the subject of intense research in the last two decades. However, most two-dimensional materials also possess non-zero nuclear spins which have longer coherence times than electron spins, presenting enormous potential in the domain of quantum information science and technology. Tongcang Li’s research uses the recently discovered spin defects in two-dimensional materials as quantum interfaces to detect and control nuclear spins.

Research Impact

Dr. Li’s research could pave the way for the development of two-dimensional platforms capable of atomic-scale quantum sensing, large-scale quantum simulations, and the establishment of spin-photon quantum interfaces for advancing quantum communications.


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Experimental Physics Investigators Initiative Science Purdue University, Department of Physics and Astronomy Back


PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
BS, University of Science and Technology of China

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