• Assistant Professor
Qing Tu headshot

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science; Duke University, 2017
  • M.A. Economics; Duke University, 2017
  • B.S. Theoretical & Applied Mechanics; Peking University, 2011

Research Interests

    • Advanced Scanning Probe Microscopy Techniques
    • Interfaces of Low-Dimensional Materials and Thin Films
    • Structure-Property Relationship of 2D Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites
    • Piezoelectric and Ferroelectric Materials
    • Mechanics of Soft and Biological Materials

Awards & Honors

  • American Vacuum Society (AVS) Electronic Materials & Photonics Division (EMPD) Postdoctoral Travel Award, 2019
  • Professional Development Travel Grant, Northwestern University, 2018
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Duke University, 2017
  • NSF Research Triangle MRSEC Fellowship
  • AVS 60th Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Travel Grant, 2013

Selected Publications

  • Qing Tu, Ioannis Spanopoulos, Costas Stoumpos, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Gajendra S. Shekhawat,* Vinayak P. Dravid,* “Probing Strain-Induced Band Gap Modulation in 2D Hybrid Organic Inorganic Perovskites”, ACS Energy Letters, 2019, 4(3), 796 – 802
  • Qing Tu, Ioannis Spanopoulos, Poya Yasaei, Costas Stoumpos, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Gajendra S. Shekhawat,* Vinayak P. Dravid,* “Stretching and Breaking of Ultrathin 2D Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites”, ACS Nano, 2018, 12 (10), 10347 – 10354
  • Qing Tu, Ioannis Spanopoulos, Shiqiang Hao, Christopher Wolverton, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Gajendra S. Shekhawat,* and Vinayak P. Dravid,* “Out-of-Plane Mechanical Properties of 2D Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites by Nanoindentation”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2018, 10 (26), 22167 – 22173
  • Kezhao Duǂ, Qing Tuǂ (ǂ: equal contribution), Xu Zhang, Qiwei Han, Jie Liu, Stefan Zauscher, David Mitzi,* “Two-Dimensional Lead(II)-Halide-Based Hybrid Perovskites Templated by Acene Alkylamines: Crystal Structures, Optical Properties and Piezoelectricity”, Inorganic Chemistry, 2017, 56, 9291-9302
  • Qing Tuǂ, Bjoern Langeǂ(ǂ: equal contribution), Zehra Parlak, Joao Marcelo Lopes, Volker Blum* and Stefan Zauscher,* “Quantitative Subsurface Atomic Structure Fingerprint for 2D Materials and Heterostructures by First-Principles-Calibrated Contact-Resonance Atomic Force Microscopy”, ACS Nano, 2016, 10 (7), pp 6491–6500