Franklin WongFranklin Wong

Post Doctoral Fellow



I received my B.S. at Cornell in 2005 and Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in 2011. Both degrees are in Materials Science and Engineering. I am interested in the electronic properties of oxides and other correlated electronic systems. I am also an aspiring history junkie.


Metal-insulator transitions have been a long-standing topic in materials physics. In correlated transition-metal oxides, they are often associated with the orbital degrees of freedom of 3d electrons of the transition-metal cations. Our research focuses on exploiting electronic transitions in thin-film oxides. Materials of particular interest include VO2 and SmNiO3. Control of such materials near their transition points and the resulting non-linear aspects can create new opportunities for novel oxide-based electronic devices.