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Charles Tschirhart

KIC Experimental Fellow (2022 - pres)

I am originally from Naperville, Illinois. I moved to southern California for college and stayed in southern California for graduate school, although I spent a year in the Fulbright program living in the UK.


I am an experimental physicist working on understanding and exploiting interaction-driven phases. I am especially interested in topological phases and magnetism. I enjoy building machines and have extensive experience in scientific instrumentation. I am currently working with Kin Fai Mak and Jie Shan, studying interaction-driven phases in transition metal dichalcogenides.

I did undergraduate degrees in Applied Physics and Chemistry at Caltech, and I did my PhD in Physics at UCSB. Between my undergraduate and graduate studies I was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Nottingham. I was supported by Hertz and NSF fellowships during my PhD at UCSB.

Awards and Honors

  • Hertz Fellow, Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, 2015
  • NSF Fellow, National Science Foundation, 2015

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), 2022
  • Fulbright Scholar, University of Nottingham, UK, 2016
  • B.Sc. in Chemistry & Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2015