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Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
208 North Wright Street Urbana, Illinois 61801


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Phone: 217-333-3097
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Alexey Bezryadin

Alexey Bezryadin

Associate Professor
1016 Seitz Materials Research Lab, MC-MC 230
104 S. Goodwin
Urbana, Illinois 61801
(217) 333-9580
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Ph.D. Physics, Joseph Fourier University and The CNRS Low-Temperature Research Center, Grenoble, France, 1995

Research Statement:
Professor Bezryadin is currently working on experiments in three critical and related areas of the physics of low-dimensional nanoscale systems: (i) Quantum superconductor-insulator transitions in one-dimensional superconductors; (ii) Electronic properties of DNA molecules; and (iii) Aharonov-Bohm effects in carbon nanotubes. In each case, he has pioneered novel experimental approaches to probe the behavior of the ultrasmall structures. Experiments at the nanoscale can provide new insights into fundamental properties of mesoscopic quantum systems and could be used in the development of highly integrated quantum computers.

Scanning electron microscope micrograph of a 7-nm-thick MoGe nanowireResearch focus: Macroscopic quantum phenomena in low-dimensional superconductors at ultralow temperatures. The SEM micrograph to the left shows a suspended MoGe nanowire (gray). This nanowire is produced by depositing an amorphous MoGe alloy over the surface of a carbon nanotube suspended over a trench (black) in the substrate. The width of the resulting wire is about 7 nm; thus it is probably the thinnest superconductor ever measured. The goal of the project is to understand the nature of the superconductor-insulator transition found in such samples. One of the current theories suggests that the insulating state is caused by macroscopic quantum fluctuations between the normal and superconducting states. Professor Bezryadin's group is one of the leading groups studying one-dimensional superconductivity.
Research Interests:
Experimental condensed matter, nanometerscale mesoscopic physics, molecular electronics, quantum phase transitions in one-dimensional superconductors, DNA electronics, quantum information.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities:
Undergraduate students in my group work on experimental projects related to superconductivity, nanotechnology, and low temperature physics. Examples of recent research activities includes transferring and measuring graphene, studying carbon nanotube yarns under high currents, and developments and testing of superconducting microwave resonators.
For more information:
Complete list of publications
Papers by undergraduate REU students
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Bezryadin Research Group Web Site

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Research:

  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois, 2004
  • Xerox Junior Faculty Research Award, College of Engineering, 2004
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2002
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2002
  • Citation for outstanding Ph.D. thesis work, "Avec Mention et Felicitations du Jury", 1995
  • Scholarship of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), 1994
  • Scholarship of the French Government and CIES, "Bourse du Gouvernement Francais", 1993
  • International Science Foundation Grant (ISSP), 1993
  • Prominent Research Achievements team award (ISSP), 1991