Barry Rand, Ph.D.

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University


2023 Experimental Physics Investigator

Barry Rand, Ph.D.

Research Description

Epitaxy is the study of the growth of crystalline solids. The rules governing epitaxy for inorganic solids that feature ionic and/or covalent bonds were established decades ago, and led to the ability to make today’s electronic applications possible, such as GaN lighting and III-V laser and photodiodes.

Barry Rand studies epitaxy of closed-shell molecular systems that lack strong covalent and/or ionic bonds, but rather feature weak van der Waals bonds. Their aim is to understand the factors that promote and limit molecular epitaxy to understand how to make these heterostructures.

Research Impact

Dr. Rand’s work aims to provide the community with the knowledge base to prepare diverse van der Waals-bonded vertical heterostructures. This could lead to using various 2D materials, porous media, or organic molecular systems as templates for growth of another crystalline system. Such structurally pure heterostructures could allow for systems that could study quantum particles, catalysis, separations, or new generations of electronic devices.


related links

Experimental Physics Investigators Initiative Science Princeton University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Back


PhD, Princeton University
MSc, Princeton University
BS, The Cooper Union

Affiliated Investigators