Nakamura Lecture Series

The Nakamura Lectureship was established by the UCSB Materials Department in 2014 in honor of Materials professor and Nobel Laureate, Shuji Nakamura.

Prof. Yulin Chen, Oxford University

On Friday, April 14, Prof. Yulin Chen from Oxford University lectured on how the precise understanding of the information provided by the electronic structure of matter, which determines electric, magnetic, and optical properties, will guide the design of potential applications of quantum materials. 

Prof. Chen gave a brief introduction to the powerful experimental technique known as ARPES, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, which is an effective method of determining the electronic structure of materials. He then spoke about recent applications of ARPES to topological quantum materials, including topological insulators, Dirac, and Weyl semimetals. Towards the the of the lecture, Prof. Chen reviewed the most recent development in ARPES and gave his perspective on its directions and applications. 

Prof .Chen received his B.S. from the University of Science & Technology of China and his Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University. After a year of postdoctoral research at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, he became an associate staff scientist, then a staff scientist there. He jointed the University of Oxford as a University Lecturer and Fellow of the Jesus College, then as an associate professor. Prof. Chen is also an adjunct professor in Tsinghua University and a distinguished adjunct professor at ShanghaiTech University.

His research interest lies in understanding the behavior of electrons in unconventional materials, including topological quantum materials, strongly correlated electron systems and functional materials. Prof. Chen is also devoted in developing advanced instrumentation with new capability to drive the current research frontier.

Due to his contribution to the field of topological quantum materials, Prof. Chen was awarded the William E. and Diane M. Spicer Young Investigator Award and OCPA Outstanding Young Research Award.