Material Sciences and Engineering


Stu Wolf is the Director of the University of Virginia Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research (nanoSTAR ) and also holds a joint appointment as a professor in Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics. At the University of Virginia he is continuing to push the frontiers in spintronics and quantum information science. His group utilizes the spin degree of freedom in novel oxide heterostructures using spin torque to manipulate the magnetism in nanomagnetic structures.


B.S. Physics, Lanzhou University, 2006Ph.D. Materials Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 2013-2017

"We aim to understand and control the interactions between soft active materials and living systems to solve challenges in energy, health, and environmental science."




  1. NANO-SCALE CHEMISTRY OF SELF-ASSEMBLED NANOSTRUCTURES IN EPITAXIAL SiGe GROWTH, Prabhu Balasubramanian, Jerrold A. Floro, Jennifer L. Gray and Robert Hull, J. Cryst. Growth 400, 15-20 (2014).
  2. EPITAXIAL Si ENCAPSULATION OF HIGHLY MISFITTING SiC QUANTUM DOT ARRAYS FORMED ON Si (001), C.W. Petz, D. Yang, A. F. Myers, J. Levy, and J.A. Floro, Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 013108 (2014).


Multiple interactive degrees of freedom - lattice, charge, spin, and orbital exists in oxides that enable a wide spectrum of phenomena such as superconductivity, ferromagnetism, ferroelectricity and more.  These phenomena in complex oxides will lead to a new era of technology beyond charge based semiconductor electronics.  I am pursuing the applications of multifunctional complex oxide thin films in logic and memory devices.


Our aim is to develop a fundamental understanding of atomistic phenomena occuring at electrolyte-solid interfaces.  The objective is to achieve extreme control over material synthesis at such interfaces. This knowledge is applied to the electrochemical synthesis of metals and metal oxides with tunable properties; a synthesis that in turn is utilized in electronic and energy conversion devices.


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