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.

Tanner Legvold

Graduate researcher

email: tanner.j.legvold -at-

Shusen Liao

Graduate researcher

email: shusen.liao -at-

Dale Lowder

Graduate researcher

email: dtl4 -at-

Renjie Luo

Graduate researcher

email: renjie.luo -at-

Ken Ssennyimba

Graduate researcher

email: Ken.W.Ssennyimba -at-

Yunxuan Zhu

Graduate researcher

email: yunxuan.zhu -at-


Dr. Lam Yu, is now an associate teaching professor at Rice --- Lam's PhD thesis (2005)

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

Dr. Aaron Trionfi, now at Prudential Financial --- 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 at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln --- Alexandra's PhD thesis (2010)

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

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

Dr. Patrick Wheeler, now a senior software developer at ATR --- Patrick's PhD thesis (2014)

Dr. Heng Ji, now a senior project leader at CGGVeritas --- Heng's PhD thesis (2015)

Dr. Kenneth Evans, now working as a scholar 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 Geico --- Jenny's PhD thesis (2016)

Dr. Will Hardy, now working as a staff scientist 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. Mahdiyeh Abbasi, now an engineer at Apple. --- Mahdiyeh's PhD thesis (2021)

Dr. Xuanhan Zhao --- Xuanhan's PhD thesis (2022)

Dr. Liyang Chen --- Liyang's PhD thesis (2023)

Dr. Gavin Scott, now a managing 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 research scientist at Rice University.

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

Dr. Jiawei Wang, now working at CGG Veritas.

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 physicist at the US Naval Research Laboratory.

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.

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