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Kyle Shen

Director of the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics; James A. Weeks Professor of Physical Sciences; Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow

Emergent electronic and magnetic properties in quantum materials including high-temperature superconductivity, unconventional magnetism, and metal-insulator transitions. In particular, we are interested in how properties can be controlled in artificially engineered quantum materials grown by molecular beam epitaxy using parameters such as interfacial engineering, heterostructuring, epitaxial strain, and dimensional confinement.


Our research focuses on investigating many-body interactions in quantum materials, with the aim of controlling potentially exotic properties such as superconductivity, magnetism, metal-insulator transitions, and topological properties. We employ a combination of techniques including angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), and synchrotron-based x-ray probes including x-ray absorption spectroscopy and resonant x-ray scattering. A major research thrust is the synthesis and investigation of artificially engineered heterostructures of quantum materials synthesized by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) with strong electron correlations which allow new emergent states to be created at the interface.

Awards and Honors

  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 2012
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, 2011
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, 2011
  • National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers Fellow, 2010
  • Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar Award, 2010
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2009
  • NSERC Howard Alper Prize

Educational Background

  • Director of the Lab of Atomic and Solid State Physics, 2021-2022, on sabbatic 2022-2023, returning to role on July 1, 2023
  • Professor of Physics, Cornell University, 2017-present
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Cornell University, 2016-2019
  • Associate Professor of Physics, Cornell University, 2013-2017
  • Assistant Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 2007-2013
  • NSERC / Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of British Columbia
  • Ph.D. in Applied Physics, Stanford University
  • B.Sc. in Physics and Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology