Judy Z. Wu

Judy Wu
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Research Interests: Condensed Matter
  • Physics & Astronomy

Contact Info

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Gray-Little Hall, room 2114
1567 Irving Hill Rd.
Lawrence, KS 66045
Malott Hall, room 3083
1251 Wescoe Hall Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66045


2007-present: University Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas
2003-2007: Professor, University of Kansas
1998-2003: Associate Professor, University of Kansas
2000-2001: Visiting Faculty, University of California, San Diego
1993-1998: Assistant Professor, University of Kansas


PhD in Physics, University of Houston, 1993
BS in Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, 1986


Thin films and nanostructures are the basis for modern microelectronics and other applications. Growth and characterization of thin films and nanostructures have been an important subject for both basic and applied physics research. The focus of our research is on growth , characterization, and applications of various thin films and nanostructures (quantum dots, nanotubes, nanowires, graphene and other 2D atomic materials) of semiconductors, superconductor, ferroelectric and magnetic materials, etc. With continuous downsizing of electronic devices into a few nanometer regime as predicted by the Moore’s law, controlling materials and interfaces at atomic scales becomes a prominent research topic and has been the current focus of our research that has impacts on various applications including Josephson tunnel junctions, memristors, photodetectors, sensors, etc. 

Selected Publications

1. Judy Wu, Mohan Panth, Victor Ogunjimi, Bibek Gautam, Mary Ann Sebastian, Timothy Haugan, Charles Ebbing, Di Zhang, Jie Jian, Jijie Huang, Yifan Zhang, and Haiyan Wang, “Artificial Pinning Centers and The Quest of High Critical Current Densities in HTS Nanocomposites”, IEEE Trans. on Appl. Superconductivity 33(5), 8000908 (2023). DOI:10.1109/TASC.2023.3254489

2. Andrew Shultz, Bo Liu, Maogang Gong, Mohammed Alamri, Michael Walsh, Russel Schmitz, and Judy Z. Wu, “Development of Flexible Broadband PbS Quantum Dots/Graphene Photodetector Array with High-speed Readout Circuits”, ACS Applied nano materials (2022) doi:10.1021/acsanm.2c03839

3. Ryan Goul, Angelo Marshall, Sierra Seacat, Hartwin Peelaers, Francisco C. Robles Hernandez, and Judy Wu, “Atomic-scale tuning of ultrathin memristors”, Nature Communication Physics 5, 260 (2022). DOI:10.1038/s42005-022-01037-4

4. (Invited Review) Judy Wu, and Maogang Gong, “Nanohybrid Photodetectors”, Advanced Photonics Research 2, 2100015 (2021) DOI: 10.1002/adpr.202100015

5. Samar Ghopry, Seyed Sadeghi, Judy Wu, “Rationale Design of Intermixed WS2+MoS2 Nanodiscs/Graphene van der Waals Heterostructures for Ultrasensitive Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy”, ACS Applied Nano Materials 4, 2941 (2021). DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.1c00087

6. (Invited review) J.Z. Wu, J. Acharya and R. Goul, “In vacuo atomic layer deposition and electron tunneling characterization of ultrathin dielectric films for metal/insulator/metal tunnel junctions”, Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A 38, 040802 (2020) Special Topic Collection: 30 years of the Nellie Yeoh Whetten Award - Celebrating the Women of the AVS. DOI: 10.1116/1.5141078

7. Mohan Panth, Brent Cook, Young Zhang, Dan Ewing, Matthew Casper, Alex Stramel and Judy Wu, “High-Performance Piezoelectric Zinc Oxide Nanowire Array/Graphene Nanohybrid Strain Sensors” ACS Applied Nano Materials 3, 6711 (2020). DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.0c01150

8. M. G. Gong, D. Ewing, S. Sadeghi, J.Z. Wu, “Plasmonic enhancement of photoresponse based on CuAu/CsPbCl3 core/shell/graphene heterostructures”, Advanced Materials Page 2002163 (2020). DOI: 10.1002/adma.202002163

9. Bo Liu, Bhupal Kattel, Mohammed Alamri, Maogang Gong, Wai-lun Chan, and Judy Wu, “Localized Surface Plasmon Effect of Ag Nanoparticles Enhanced Perovskite Graphene-FET photodetector”, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 11, 32301 (2019). DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b10706.

10. Maogang Gong, Ryan Goul, Dan Ewing, Matthew Casper, Alex Stramel, Alan Elliot and Judy Z. Wu, “High-Performance All-Inorganic CsPbCl3 Perovskite Nanocrystals Photodetectors with Superior Stability”, ACS nano 13, 1772 (2019) DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b07850

Awards & Honors

2014-2015: KU Women of Distinction 2014-2015

2012: Higuchi Olin Petefish award for basic science

2006: Kemper Fellow, University of Kansas

2002-present: SPS Advisor


Member, American Physics Society (APS)

Member, American Ceramic Society

Board member, Applied Superconductivity Conference