Hong Luo, PhD

Professor, Department Chair

126 Fronczak Hall
(716) 645-2539


  • BS, Physics, Nankai University – 1982
  • PhD, Physics, Purdue University  – 1988

Research Area

Research Interests

I am interested in two areas of research, i.e., 1) the physics and applications of magnetic semiconductors, ferromagnetic/ semiconductor hybrid materials and nano structures applied in the areas of electronics and photonics, and 2) fabrication and studies of electronic states in 2D materials, such as graphene and semiconductor transition metal dichalcogenides. Bulk semiconductors have been studied and used extensively, most of the new properties and applications come from low-dimensional structures, i.e., super lattices, quantum wells (2-dimensional), quantum wires (1-dimensional) and quantum dots (0-dimensional). Fabrication using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), physics and device studies of such structures are the focus. For 2D materials, scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy are used to understand the electronic structures under various perturbations. 

Awards and Honors

  • Honorary Member, Golden Key International Honour Society, 2008
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2007
  • Innovator, Upstate Alliance for Innovation, New York, 2001
  • Faculty Fellowship, Associated Western Universities, 1999

Selected Publications

  • “Tunneling Spectra of Graphene on Copper Unraveled”, Xin Zhang, Daniele Stradi, Lei Liu,Hong Luo, Mads Brandbyge, and Gong Gu, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 18, 17081-17090 (2016)
  • “Pattern transfer to GaAs substrates and epitaxial growth of GaAs nanostructures “, A.Kumari, J. B. Hatch, C. H. Kim, B. Barman, J. Kwon, A. Petrou, H. Zeng, H. Luo, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B 34, 021805 (2016)
  • “Realizing Chemical Codoping in TiO2”, F. Wang, Y. Sun, J.B. Hatch, H. Xing, X. Zhu,H. Zhang, H. Zhang, X. Xu, H. Luo, S.R. Perera, S. Zhang, H. Zeng, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 17, 17989 (2015)
  • “Tuning the Electronic Structure of Graphite Moire with Chromium Deposition: aScanning Tunneling Microscopy and Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy Study”, X. Zhang and H. Luo, J. Physical Chemistry 118, 20461 (2014) 
  • “Intermediate Metallic Phase in VO2 Observed with Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy”, J. B. Hatch, L. Whittaker, T.-L. Wu, G. Long, H. Zeng, G. Sambandamurthy, S.Banerjee, and H. Luo, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 16, 14183 (2014)
  • “Scanning tunneling spectroscopy studies of angle-dependent van Hove singularities ontwisted graphite surface layer”, X. Zhang and H. Luo, Appl. Phys. Lett. 103, 231602 (2013)
  • “Efficient electron spin injection in MnAs-based light emitting diodes up to room temperature,”  E.D. Fraser, S. Hegde, L. Schweidenback, A.H. Russ, A. Petrou, H. Luo,and G. Kioseoglou, Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 041103 (2010)