Leslie Chan

Ph.D. Candidate in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


M.S. Chemical Engineering Practice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014
S.B. Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013


My research is on the synthesis and defect engineering of transition metal dichalcogenides for sensor and transistor applications.

Publications and Presentations

Long, H.; Chan, L.; Harley-Trochimczyk, A.; Luna, L. E.; Tang, Z.; Shi, T.; Zettl, A.; Carraro, C.; Worsley, M. A.; Maboudian, R. Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 1700217 (4), 2–9.

Yan, W.; Harley-Trochimczyk, A.; Long, H.; Chan, L.; Pham, T.; Hu, M. FlatChem 2017, 5, 1–8.

Chan, L.; Tsai, D-S.; Carraro, C.; Maboudian, R. “Transfer-Free Synthesis of Graphene on Insulating Substrates”. Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center Fall Research Review 2017.

Chan, L.; Tosun, M.; Carraro, C.; Javey, A.; Maboudian, R. “In Situ Characterization of the Effect of Plasma Treatment on Transition Metal Dichalcogenides”. AIChE Annual Meeting 2016. (Awarded “Best Presentation” of Nanoelectronic and Photonic Materials Session)

Tosun, M.; Chan, L.; Amani, M.; Roy, T.; Ahn, G. H.; Taheri, P.; Carraro, C.; Ager, J. W.; Maboudian, R.; Javey, A. ACS Nano 2016, 10 (7), 6853–6860.

Kaastrup, K.; Chan, L.; Sikes, H. Anal. Chem 2013, 85 (17), 8055-8060.


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society


Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center
Marvell NanoLab
Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Materials Research Society
Society of Women Engineers
Guild of Carillonneurs in North America
UC Berkeley Graduate Women of Engineering (Co-Social Chair, 2015-2016)
UC Berkeley Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Women’s Action Committee
UC Berkeley Carillon Guild (Vice President, 2015-2016)


Graduate Student Instructor

CBE 40: Introduction to Chemical Engineering Design
CBE 160: Chemical Process Design
CBE 179: Process Technology of Solid State Materials Devices


UC Berkeley Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), Mentor 2017-2018
UC Berkeley WiSE Future of Science Conference,  Invited Presenter Spring 2017
Bay Area Women in STEM/SWE Mentorship Program, Mentor 2015-2016
UC Berkeley DeCal Mentor, “Learn to Play the Sather Tower Bells: A Carillon Study”
MIT Department of Chemical Engineering, Associate Advisor

About Me

Leslie is a graduate student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Her primary interest is in fostering multidisciplinary and international collaborations in research. She enjoys photography and has a moving exhibit (Through the Looking Glass, 2016) and was the winner of the 2015 College of Chemistry Photography Contest. Leslie is a member of the UC Berkeley Carillon Guild and performs weekly on the bells of Sather Tower.