Steven G. Louie received his physics Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley in 1976. After having worked at the IBM Watson Research Center, Bell Labs, and U of Penn, he joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1980, where he is professor of physics and a senior faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and Academia Sinica, as well as fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Materials Research Society (MRS). He is a recipient of the APS Rahman Prize, APS Davisson-Germer Prize, MRS Materials Theory Award, and Foresight Institute’Feynman Prize, among others. His research is in condensed matter physics. He is known for his development of the ab initio GW method and for his studies of novel materials and reduced-dimensional systems.

Research Interests

Theoretical condensed matter physics and nanoscience: electronic and structural properties of solids, surfaces, and interfaces; quasiparticle and optical excitations; many-body effects in bulk and reduced-dimensional systems; graphene and graphene nanoribbons; carbon and BN nanotubes; quasi-2D materials; superconductivity; topological phases; electron transport through nanostructures; correlated multi-particle excitations; ultra fast dynamics.

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Section 33: Applied Physical Sciences

Secondary Section

Section 13: Physics