Douglas Natelson

Professor, PI

Douglas Natelson is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University, with courtesy appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science and Nanoengineering. After a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering (1993, Princeton), Prof. Natelson received his doctorate in experimental condensed matter physics from Stanford University in 1998, arriving at Rice University in 2000 following a postdoctoral appointment at Bell Laboratories. Prof. Natelson has been awarded a Sloan Foundation fellowship, a David and Lucille Packard Foundation research fellowship, and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His research interests focus on condensed matter physics at the nanoscale, including atomic-and molecular-scale junctions, plasmonics, and nanodevices for the study of strongly correlated electronic materials. A recurring theme is the use of nanoscale structures to address open questions in condensed matter physics. Prof. Natelson also has a long-standing interest in communicating science to a broader audience, and since 2005 has been writing the blog Nanoscale Views.

Dale Lowder

Graduate researcher

email: dtl4 -at- rice.edu

Renjie Luo

Graduate researcher

email: renjie.luo -at- rice.edu

Xuanhan Zhao

Graduate researcher

email: xz52 -at- rice.edu

Liyang Chen

Graduate researcher

email: lc63 -at- rice.edu

Mahdiyeh Abbasi

Graduate researcher

email: mahdiyeh.abbasi -at- rice.edu

Yunxuan Zhu

Graduate researcher

email: yunxuan.zhu -at- rice.edu

Alumni

Dr. Lam Yu, is now a Wiess Instructor at Rice --- Lam's PhD thesis (2005)

Dr. Behrang Hamadani, now at NIST --- Behrang's PhD thesis (2006)

Dr. Aaron Trionfi, now at Freddie Mac --- Aaron's PhD thesis (2006)

Dr. Sungbae Lee, now at a professor at GIST --- Sungbae's PhD thesis (2007)

Dr. Zachary Keane, now at Northrop Grumman --- Zach's PhD thesis (2009)

Dr. Alexandra Fursina, now a senior nanofabrication engineer with Microsoft --- Alexandra's PhD thesis (2010)

Dr. Daniel Ward, now a staff scientist at Sandia National Laboratory --- Dan's PhD thesis (2010)

Dr. Jeffrey Worne, now working at CGGVeritas --- Jeff's PhD thesis (2012)

Dr. Patrick Wheeler, now a Haskell consultant and cofounder/president of TxRx Labs --- Patrick's PhD thesis (2014)

Dr. Heng Ji, now a seismic imaging specialist with CGGVeritas --- Heng's PhD thesis (2015)

Dr. Kenneth Evans, now working as a postdoc with Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy --- Kenny's PhD thesis (2015)

Dr. Ruoyu Chen, now a senior process engineer with ASM --- Ruoyu's PhD thesis (2016)

Dr. Yajing Li, now working as a data scientist with AvMed at Northwestern --- Jenny's PhD thesis (2016)

Dr. Will Hardy, now working as a postdoc at Sandia National Lab --- Will's PhD thesis (2017)

Dr. Loah Stevens, --- Loah's PhD thesis (2019)

Dr. Panpan Zhou, now working for Quantlab --- Panpan's PhD thesis (2019)

Dr. Charlotte I. Evans, now a staff scientist at Sandia National Lab --- Charlotte's PhD thesis (2019)

Dr. Xifan Wang, now a quantitative analyst at Salient Partners. --- Xifan's PhD thesis (2020)

Dr. Gavin Scott, now a senior scientist at Exponent Consulting.

Dr. Jiang Wei, now associate professor of physics at Tulane University.

Dr. Joseph B. Herzog, now assistant professor at University of Indianapolis.

Dr. Pavlo Zolotavin, now a scientist with Lam Research.

Prof. Longji Cui, now assistant professor at the University of Colorado.

Osmond Wen (undergrad, 2017-18) is currently a physics graduate student at Caltech.

Ben Huber (undergrad, 2014-15) is currently a quantitative financial analyst at Renew Financial.

Michael Swift (undergrad, 2013) is currently a physics postdoc at Michigan State.

Leland Richardson (undergrad, 2012) is a senior software engineer at Google.

Reyes Calvo (visiting grad, 2008) is currently an Ikerbasque Research Fellow at CIC nanoGUNE.

Jeffrey Russom (undergrad, 2008) is a staff software engineer with Vrbo.

Nick King (undergrad, 2007) is currently a patent engineer with Osha Liang LLP.