Our research applies the experimental tools of nanoscale science to address open questions in condensed matter physics. One research direction uses electronic transport and noise techniques to explore the nature of the current-carrying excitations in strongly correlated materials – systems in which electron-electron interactions cannot be neglected and the standard model of conventional metals appears not to apply. Another direction leverages similar experimental methods to study the flow of spin and charge in structures with strong coupling between the electronic spin and orbital degrees of freedom, including candidate 2-dimensional topological insulators. By combining molecular-scale structures, electronic transport, and optical spectroscopy, other members of our group are able to examine the flow of energy and thermoelectric effects in systems driven out of equilibrium by voltage or light.

Awards and Achievements

  • NSF CAREER Award
  • APS Fellow
  • AAAS Fellow