Dr. Philip Kim is Professor of Physics and Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University. He was born and raised in Korea. He received his BS (1990) and MS (1992) degrees in physics from Seoul National University, Korea, and his MA (1996) and PhD (1999) degrees in applied physics from Harvard University. He was a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics at the University of California at Berkeley and joined the faculty of the Department of Physics at Columbia University in 2002. He moved to Harvard in 2014. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, and a member of the National Academy of Science. His awards include the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics (2023), the Tomassoni-Chisesi Prizes (2018), the Oliver E. Buckley Prize (2014), the Dresden Barkhausen Prize (2012), and the Ho-Am Science Prize (2008).

Research Interests

Dr. Philip Kim's research focuses on transport phenomena at the mesoscopic scale, with particular emphasis on the electrical, thermal, and thermoelectric properties of low-dimensional nanomaterials. These nanomaterials cover a wide range, including atomically thin 2D materials, graphene, carbon nanotubes, organic and inorganic nanowires, and isolated organic molecules. These low-dimensional systems exhibit unique properties, generally due to enhanced quantum effects and increased correlations resulting from the confinement of the available phase space. To explore and understand these peculiarities, Dr. Kim employs state-of-the-art semiconductor device fabrication techniques along with the development of novel methods for materials synthesis, manipulation, and characterization. This multifaceted approach is at the core of his research and contributes significantly to the evolving field of quantum materials research.

Membership Type

International Member

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Primary Section

Section 33: Applied Physical Sciences

Secondary Section

Section 13: Physics