Meet the Innovators Under 35

Qing Cao, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

His inventions are helping IBM in its decade-plus quest to replace silicon transistors with more efficient carbon nanotubes.

Qing Cao, Research Staff Member, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Qing Cao received his BSc in chemistry from Nanjing University in 2004 and his PhD in Materials chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. He then joined IBM’s 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 Science & Technology 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 the IBM Research Division Award (2016), the U.S. Frontiers of Engineering award from the National Academy of Engineering (2016), IBM’s Outstanding Technical Achievement Award (2015), Forbes magazine's "Top 30 under 30" award in science (2012), Forbes’s "30 under 30" All-Star Alumni Award (2016), IBM’s Invention Achievement Award (11 times), the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad (2009), and the MRS Graduate Student Silver Award (2008).


Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.