Principal Investigator: Ali Yazdani
Director, Princeton Center for Complex Materials
Ali Yazdani's research program focuses on the development and application of novel experimental methods to directly visualize exotic electronic phenomena in solids. Through these studies he has been at the forefront of research on many novel electronic phenomena in condensed matter systems. Yazdani received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1995, after which he was postdoctoral scientist at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in California (1995-1997). After working at IBM, Yazdani went on to establish his research program as a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997, where he rose through the ranks to be a professor in the department of physics in 2004. In 2005, he joined the physics faculty at Princeton University and in 2015 was named the Class of 1909 Professor of Physics and is also the Director of the Princeton Center for Complex Materials, an NSF supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. For his accomplishments, Professor Yazdani has been recognized by a number of awards and honors. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (2019), fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science (2015), fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (2012), and fellow of the American Physical Society (2009). He has also received a Humboldt Research award, an NSF CAREER award, and was a Sloan Fellow. He is currently a Betty and Gordon Moore Foundation experimental investigator in quantum materials. He has held a number of lectureships including being a Leob Lectures at Harvard, a Lamb Lecturer at the Max Planck Insitute in Sttutgart, an Einstein Lecturer at the Weizmann Institute, Israel, a Pagels Lecturer at the Aspen Center for Physics, a Kavli Lecturer at the Delft Institute of Technology, Netherlands and a Joliot Chair, École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la ville de Paris. Professor Yazdani has held a number of visiting positions, including being a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College in Cambridge, UK (2019-2020).