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


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Nadya Mason

Nadya Mason

Associate Professor
1017 Seitz Materials Research Lab, MC-MC 230
104 S. Goodwin
Urbana, Illinois 61801
(217) 244-9114
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Ph.D. Physics Stanford Univ 2001

Research Statement:
SEM images of Nb quantum dots and contacted carbon nanotubes
Professor Mason's research at Illinois focuses on how electrons behave in low-dimensional, correlated materials, where enhanced interactions are expected to give novel results. The research is relevant to a variety of technologies, including quantum communication, information storage, and qubit control in quantum computers.
Professor Mason's current research focuses on the electronic behavior of materials such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, topological insulators, nanostructured superconductors, and other novel 1D or 2D systems. Typical measurements are of electronic transport at low temperatures. Typical projects include: (i) Tunneling experiments in carbon nanotubes, to study unusual correlated states such as Luttinger liquids, (ii) Studying emergent transport behavior of hybrid systems, e.g., superconductor-graphene, superconductor-toplogical insulator, graphene-PZT, and (iii) Creating planar arrays of superconducting islands, to control and understand collective phenomena in them.
Research Interests:
  • experimental condensed matter physics, mesoscopic and nanoscale physics, quantum properties of carbon nanotubes, graphene,topological insulators, low-dimensional superconductivity and correlated systems, quantum phase transitions
  • Ph.D. thesis title: Superconductor-Metal-Insulator Transitions in Two Dimensions (Advisor - Aharon Kapitulnik, Stanford University); (Postdoctoral Advisor - Charles Marcus, Harvard University)
For more information:
Mason Research Group

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Research:

  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, 2013
  • Maria Goeppert Mayer Award, 2012
  • Kavli Fellow, 2011
  • Center for Advanced Study Fellow, 2011-2012
  • Denice Denton Emerging Leader Award, 2009
  • Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow 2008-2009
  • Diverse Magazine "Emerging Scholar" 2008
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2007-2012
  • Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows 2002-2005
  • Lucent Corporate Research Fellowship Program 1995-2001
  • National Science Foundation Minority Research Fellowship 1995-1998
  • Leiberman Fellowship, Stanford Univ. 1995
  • Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship 1992-1995

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Public Service:

  • Denice Denton Energing Leader Award, 2009