Dr. Cao received his B. Sc. degree in Chemistry from Nanjing University in 2004 and his Ph.D. degree in Materials Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. He then joined IBM T.J. Watson Research Center as a postdoctoral scientist in the Thin-Film Photovoltaic Science & Technology group. Currently, he works as a research staff member in the Nanoscale Electronic Device Group. His research interests include functional nanomaterials for unconventional electronic systems, high-performance logic devices, and low-cost energy harvesting.
Dr. Cao is a recipient of IBM Mater Inventor Award (2016), MIT Technology Review TR35 (2016), IBM Research Division Award (2016), U.S. Frontiers of Engineering by National Academy of Engineering (2016), IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award (2015), Forbes Magazine's "Top 30 under 30" Award in Science (2012), Forbes "30 under 30" All-Star Alumni Award (2016), IBM Invention Achievement Award (2011-2016, 13 times), Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad (2009), MRS Graduate Student Silver Award (2008), Best Student Paper Award from the 7th International Semiconductor Technology Conference (2008), and Lester E. & Kathleen A. Coleman Fellowship from the University of Illinois (2006).
Dr. Cao served on committee of IBM Materials Research Community, program committee of IEEE 12th International Conference on Nanotechnology (2012), and serves as reviewer for scientific journals including Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Nanotechnology, IEEE Electron Device Letters, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Chemical Communications, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Environmental Science and Technology, Chemistry of Materials, and ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. He also served on the review panels for National Science Foundation and Applied Research Grant of Hong Kong.