Kavli Institute at Cornell (KIC) Executive Committee

David A. Muller, Co-Director

David A. Muller, Applied and Engineering Physics

David A. Muller, Applied and Engineering Physics

David A. Muller is a Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics. His research interests include the development of atomic-resolution and three-dimensional electron imaging techniques, and their use in the discovery and control of new materials and nanostructures. His awards include the Burton medal of the Microscopy Society of America; a TR-100 award from Tech Review magazine; and Nature Materials selected his study of interfaces as one of the top ten papers of 2006.

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Email: dm24@cornell.edu

Dan Ralph, Co-Director

Dan Ralph, Physics

Dan Ralph, Physics

Dan Ralph is Horace White Professor of Physics and current Chair of the Department of Physics. His research interests include: new nanofabrication techniques, electronic properties on molecular length scales, high-speed dynamics in magnetic devices, correlated-electron states in magnets and superconductors, and quantum properties of defects and impurities. He has been awarded Sloan and Packard Fellowships, the William L. McMillan Award, the Research Corporation Research Innovation Award, and the ONR Young Investigators Award.

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Email: dcr14@cornell.edu

Debanjan Chowdhury, Member

Debanjan Chowdhury

Debanjan Chowdhury, Physics

Debanjan Chowdhury is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics. His research is focused primarily on the study of strongly correlated quantum matter, using techniques from quantum field theory and quantum information. He was a Moore fellow, supported by the EPiQS initiative of the Gordon and Betty Moore foundation, in the Physics department at MIT until June 2019.

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Email: debanjanchowdhury@cornell.edu

 

Brett Fors, Member

Brett Fors, Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Brett Fors, Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Brett Fors is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. His research focuses on the development of new synthetic methods and catalyst systems to control polymer architecture, composition, and function.

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Email: brettfors@cornell.edu

Matthew J. Paszek, Member

Matthew Paszek

Matthew Paszek, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Matthew Paszek is Associate Professor in the  Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He began his scientific career as an undergraduate in the School of Chemical Engineering at Cornell University. Upon receiving his B.S. from Cornell, he pursued a Ph.D. in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania under the mentorship of Professors Daniel Hammer and Valerie Weaver, where he conducted experimental and theoretical work that identified increased tissue stiffness and enhanced tumor cell contractility as key driving forces of cancer progression. He then moved to the University of California, San Francisco under the mentorship of Valerie Weaver, where he began his work in glycobiology and developed Scanning Angle Interference Microscopy, a powerful tool for imaging live cells at the nanoscale. In 2013, Matthew returned to Cornell University as a Kavli Fellow under the mentorship of Professor’s Abraham Stroock and Claudia Fischbach, and worked on the development of high speed, custom optoelectronics for nanoscale cellular imaging. In the Spring of 2014, Matthew joined the Cornell faculty as an Assistant Professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His current researches focuses on how chemistry and mechanics are coupled in living systems.

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Email: paszek@cornell.edu

Grace Xing, Member

Grace Xing, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Huili (Grace) Xing, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Huili (Grace) Xing is the William L. Quackenbush Professor of Engineering and Associate Dean on Research and Graduate Studies.  Her research focus can be loosely grouped into three areas: GaN electronics and optoelectronics, steep transistors, and 2D crystals. The seminconductors she works with include GaN, conventional III-Vs, graphene and other 2D crystals. Some of Xing’s honors and awards include the Young Scientist award (2014), the CAREER award (2009) and the Young Investigator Program Award (2008).

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Email: grace.xing@cornell.edu

Christopher Ober, Ex-Officio as Director of the CNF

Christopher Ober, CNF Director

Christopher Ober is the Francis Bard Professor of Materials Engineering, and the Lester B. Knight Director of the Cornell NanoScale Facility. Chris received his B.Sc. in Honours Chemistry (Co-op) from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in 1982. From 1982 until 1986 he was a senior member of the research staff at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada where he worked on marking materials. Ober joined Cornell University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1986. A Fellow of the ACS, APS and AAAS, his awards include the 2013 SPSJ International Award, 2009 Gutenberg Research Award from the University of Mainz, the 1st Annual FLEXI Award in the Education Category (for flexible electronics) awarded in 2009, a Humboldt Research Prize in 2007 and the 2006 ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science. In 2014 he was a JSPS Fellow in Tokyo, Japan and in 2015 he received the ICPST Outstanding Achievement Award.

Email: director@cnf.cornell.edu

Senior Investigators

Nick Abbott

Nicholas Abbott, Member

Tisch University Professor, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Research Group

Email:  nla34@cornell.edu

 

Hector Abruña

Hector Abruña, Member

Emile M. Chamot Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

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Email:  hda1@cornell.edu

 

Lynden Archer

Lynden Archer, Member

Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering; James A. Friend Family Distinguished Professor in Engineering, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; David Croll Director of the Energy Systems Institute

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Email:  laa25@cornell.edu

 

Barbara Baird

Barbara Baird, Member

Horace White Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Research Group

Email:  bab13@cornell.edu

 

Nicole Benedek

Nicole Benedek, Member

Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Email: nab83@cornell.edu

 

Ilana Brito

Ilana Lauren Brito, Member

Assistant Professor and Mong Family Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow in Biomedical Engineering, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering

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Email: ilb8@cornell.edu

 

Itai Cohen

Itai Cohen, Member

Professor, Department of Physics

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Email:  ic64@cornell.edu

 

J. C. Séamus Davis

J. C. Séamus Davis, Member

James Gilbert White Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics

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Email: jcdavis@ccmr.cornell.edu

 

Amal El-Ghazaly

Amal El-Ghazaly

Amal El-Ghazaly, Member

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Group

Email: ase63@cornell.edu

 

Iwijn De Vlaminck

Iwijn De Vlaminck, Member

Associate Professor, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering

Research Group

Email: vlaminck@cornell.edu

 

David Erickson

David Erickson, Member

S.C. Thomas Sze Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Email: de54@cornell.edu

 

Lara Estroff

Lara Estroff, Member

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

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Email:  lae37@cornell.edu

 

Gerald Feigenson

Gerald Feigenson, Member

Professor, Molecular Biology and Genetics

Research Group

Email:  gwf3@cornell.edu

 

Claudia Fischbach

Claudia Fischbach, Member

Stanley Bryer 1946 Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering

Research Group

Email:  cf99@cornell.edu

 

Greg Fuchs

Gregory Fuchs, Member

Associate Professor , Department of Applied and Engineering Physics

Research Group

Email: gdf9@cornell.edu

 

Sol Gruner

Sol Gruner, Member

John L. Wetherill Emeritus Professor of Physics, Department of Physics

Research Group

Email: smg26@cornell.edu

 

Debdeep Jena

Debdeep Jena, Member

David E. Burr Professor of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering & Materials Science and Engineering Departments

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Email: dj326@cornell.edu

 

Lena Kourkoutis

Lena Kourkoutis, Member

Associate Professor and Rebecca Q. and James C. Morgan Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow, Applied and Engineering Physics

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Email: lf56@cornell.edu

 

Jan Lammerding

Jan Lammerding, Member

Professor, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering

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Email: jan.lammerding@cornell.edu

 

Johannes Lehmann

Johannes Lehmann, Member

Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science Soil and Crop Sciences Section and Department of Global Development

Research Group

Email:  cl273@cornell.edu

 

Dan Luo

Dan Luo

Dan Luo, Member

Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering

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Email: dl79@cornell.edu

 

Kin Fai Mak

Kin Fai Mak, Member

Professor, Department of Physics

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Email: km627@cornell.edu

 

Paul McEuen, Physics

Paul McEuen

Paul L. McEuen, Member

John A. Newman Professor of Physical Science, Department of Physics

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Email: plm23@cornell.edu

 

Al Molnar

Alyosha Molnar, Member

Associate Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Email: am699@cornell.edu

 

Jeffrey Moses

Jeffrey Moses, Member

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied & Engineering Physics

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Email: jam262@cornell.edu

 

Katja Nowack

Katja Nowack, Member

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

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Email: katja.nowack@cornell.edu

 

Jeevak Parpia

Jeevak Parpia, Member

Professor, Department of Physics

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Email: jmp9@cornell.edu

 

Brad Ramshaw

Brad Ramshaw, Member

Dick & Dale Reis Johnson Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

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Email:  bradramshaw@cornell.edu

 

Farhan Rana

Farhan Rana, Member

Joseph P. Ripley Professor of Engineering, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Email: farhan.rana@cornell.edu

 

Chris Schaffer

Chris Schaffer, Member

Professor, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering

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Email: cs385@cornell.edu

 

Darrell Schlom

Darrell Schlom, Member

Hebert Fisk Johnson Professor of Industrial Chemistry, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Email: schlom@cornell.edu

 

Jie Shan

Jie Shan, Member

Professor, School of Applied and Engineering Physics

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Email: js3469@cornell.edu

 

Kyle Shen

Kyle Shen, Member

James A. Weeks Professor of Physical Sciences and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Department of Physics

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Email: kmshen@cornell.edu

 

Abraham D. Stroock

Abe Stroock

Abraham Stroock, Member

Gordon L. Dibble ’50 Professor, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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Email: abe.stroock@cornell.edu

 

Jin Suntivich

Jin Suntivich

Jin Suntivich, Member

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Research Group

Email: js2765@cornell.edu

 

Zhiting Tian

Zhiting Tian, Member

Associate Professor, Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Research Group

Email: js2765@cornell.edu

 

Uli Wiesner

Ulrich B. Wiesner, Member

Spencer T. Olin Professor of Engineering, Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Research Group

Email: ubw1@cornell.edu

 

Frank Wise

Frank Wise, Member

Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Engineering, School of Applied and Engineering Physics

Research Group

Email: fww1@cornell.edu

 

Chris Xu

Chris Xu

Chris Xu, Member

IBM Professor of Engineering and Director of the School of Applied and Engineering Physics

Research Group

Email: cx10@cornell.edu

 

Warren Zipfel

Warren Zipfel, Member

Associate Professor, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering

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Email: wrz2@cornell.edu