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About Jun Jiao

Dr. Jun Jiao holds an M.S. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Arizona and is currently a professor of physics and electrical and computer engineering. She is the director of the Center for Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication at Portland State University. Dr. Jiao's principal research interests concern nanoscale materials and the application of analytical techniques of electron microscopy.

Dr. Jiao's principal research interests are focused on nanoscale materials and  devices, electron microscopy, and characterization techniques. Current research in the Jiao lab is focused on the development of nanofabrication techniques for the property-controlled growth of graphene and its metal and metal oxide hybrids, nanotubes, nanowires, and nanocrystals for use in nanoelectronic devices with the potential for industrial applications. Another important effort is to use nanoscale materials and devices for biomedical applications including cancer therapy, cancer vaccine, and adjuvant for infectious diseases. The results of her nanomaterials research are documented in more than 200 publications and five issued patents.
Since joining PSU in 1999, Dr. Jiao has successfully initiated several major research activities that have provided a strong foundation for her research and teaching at PSU. Her devotion to mentoring undergraduate students and encouraging young scientists led her to establish an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, the only such program in the greater Portland area. More than 150 students have been trained through this program since 2001. Dr. Jiao has been recognized as the Outstanding Mentor of 2003–04 by Siemens Westinghouse Competition of Math, Science, and Technology. In 2004, she was awarded the John Eliot Outstanding Teacher Award, a recognition based on student nomination. Dr. Jiao was honored by United States President with the 2004 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers—the nation's highest honor for professionals at the outset of their research careers whose work shows exceptional promise for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge. Dr. Jiao also received the (PSU) President's Diversity Award, and has been nominated for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, acknowledging her commitment to providing opportunities for female and minority students to explore their interests in science and engineering.

Through her research, Dr. Jiao has collaborated with local high tech companies such as Intel, FEI, ON Semiconductor (former LSI Logic), and Sharp Labs of America, to mention just a few, and various research institutions including Oregon State University, University of Oregon, and Washington State University, Shandong University, in Jinan, Shandong, China, and Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK. Dr. Jiao has allocated more than $10 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Petroleum Research Foundation, the Murdock Foundation, FEI Company, Intel Corporation, Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI), private donors, and PSU for the establishment of an integrated research, education, and outreach program in nanoscience and nanotechnology.


Present Director, Portland State University Center for Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication
Present Professor, Portland State University Mechanical & Materials Engineering

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  • ME 410/510 Material Surface Analysis: The Principal Techniques and Applications
  • ME 429/529 Transmission Electron Microscopy and Chemical Analysis
  • ME 428/528 Scanning Electron Microscopy for Materials and Device Characterization
  • ME 428/528 Scanning Electron Microscopy for Materials and Device Characterization

Contact Information

Office: Room 301L, Engineering Building
Telephone: 503-725-4228


Refereed Publications and Other Creative Achievements (28)

Refereed publications and other creative achievements