Research Topics

Dr. Sun’s research interests are in spintronics and optoelectronics of organic semiconductors, magnetic thin films, and organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites. It includes the studies of organic spin valves, organic light-emitting diodes, hybrid perovskite optoelectronic/spintronics devices, and their device physics. The Sun Research Group at NC State focuses on exploring novel routes for spin injection and detection, magnetic field effect, spin Hall effect and their applications in molecules, polymers and newly emerged materials.

Spin-to-charge conversion in organic and hybrid materials

R. Sun, K. S. Park, et al. Nature Materials (2024). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41563-024-01838-8
H. Xue, R. Sun et al. Advanced Materials, 2208343 (2023).
Z. Huang et al.  Applied Physical Review, 8, 31408 (2021).
R. Sun et al. Advanced Materials, 32, 2005315 (2020).
M. Fang et al.  Nature Communications 11, 2627 (2020).
H. Liu et al.  Science Advances 5, eaax9144 (2019).
R. Sun et al.  Nano Letters 19, 4420–4426 (2019).
H. Liu et al.  Nature Materials 17, 308–312 (2018).
D. Sun et al. Nature Materials 15, 863-869 (2016).

Organic- and hybrid perovskite-based spintronics and optoelectronic devices

A. H. Comstock et al., Nature Communications 14, 1834 (2023)
K. Cong et al. Nature Communications 12, 5744 (2021).
W. Yang et al. Nature Communications 10 3877 (2019).
J. Wang et al. Advanced Materials (2019).
J. Wang et al. Nature Communications, 10, 129 (2019).
D. Sun et al. Nature Communications, 5, 4396 (2014).
D. Sun et al. Physical Review Letters 104, 236602 (2010).

Magneto-optics and Chiral-phonons-activated Spin Seebeck effect

K. Kim, E. Vetter, L. Yan, C. Yang, et al. Nature Materials (2023).
Z. Huang et al.  ACS Nano 14, 10370 (2020).
H. Liu and D. Sun et al. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 51, 134003 (2018).
R. McLaughlin and D. Sun et al. Physical Review B  95, 180401(R) (2017).

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Research supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Science | Department of Energy (DOE), and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).