He TIAN: Calm Down; Don't Be Impatient; Try to Focus on the Research Not the Results
Date: 2022-10-21
Source: WLA
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Q & A with WLA

Q: What is your early inspiration of doing science?
A: My early inspiration is from my supervisor. He let me do literature reading about graphene since the May, 2010. The discovery of graphene is honored Nobel Prize in October, 2010. I have choosing graphene devices as my research direction since 2010 and my first science contribution is the discovery of the first graphene sound source. The most enjoy thing in my life is the discovery of new things.

Q: What is the best advice that you have received?
A: The best advice is from my father. He is not a Scientist but he told me I should learn from Nature, the most beautiful things are all from Nature. If I can make things similar to Nature, this can be a great breakthrough.

Q: What is your greatest achievement so far?
A: My greatest achievement was published in Nature (603, 259-264 (2022)), which set a new record for the minimum gate length transistor down to 0.34 nm. The previous record of the world smallest gate-length transistor is down to 1 nm by using CNT (Science 354, 99-102 (2016)). I have proposed a new device structure side-wall transistor using 0.34 nm edge graphene as gate length, which is a new mile stone in the semiconductor history and the breakthrough of the Moore’s la.

Q: What is your research goal?
A: I have one collaboration paper (Nano Letters 17 (6), 3675-3680, 2017) with Nobel Laureate Professor Ahmed H. Zewail. I visited his lab and I witnessed how good the top Scientist can be. So my research goal is to do real breakthrough at the fundamentals, enjoy my research, then bring them to the applications and change the world. This is a long-term goal and I will try my best to achieve this goal.

Q: What are the obstacles you are facing and what kinds of support you wish to receive?
A: The obstacles are the balance of the research and life. I wish to have more time to do my research but I have family now and I have to take more time on it. Our young scientists need fundings. If possible, give us more chance to enable our dream.

Q: Any suggestions for the younger generation that are passionate for science or for helping foster a better research environment? 
A: Calm down. Don't be impatient. Try to focus on the research not the results.