Damascelli, Andrea


SBQMI Scientific Director / Professor

Condensed Matter / Experiment

Office Location

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Brimacombe 461A
2355 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Lab Location

Brimacombe 245
2355 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Phone: (604) 822-4551
E-mail: damascelli@phas.ubc.ca


Bachelors Degree University of Milan (1994)
Doctoral Degree University of Groningen (1999)

Employment History

1994 – 1999 Graduate Student, Department of Physics, University of Groningen

1999 – 2001 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physics, Stanford University

2001 – 2002 Research Associate, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lab, Stanford University

2002 – 2007 Assistant Professor (CRC Tier II), Department of Physics, University of British Columbia

2007 – 2013 Associate Professor (CRC Tier II), Department of Physics, University of British Columbia

2010 - 2014 Deputy Director - UBC Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute

2010 - 2014 Co-Deputy Director - UBC-Max Planck Institute Centre for Quantum Materials

2013 - present Professor, University of British Columbia

2015 - present Scientific Director - UBC Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute

2015 - present Co-Director - UBC-Max Planck Institute-U Tokyo Centre for Quantum Materials

Awards & Honours

2001Nomination for a Springplank Research Chair awarded by the Dutch Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter

2002Tier II Canada Research Chair awarded by the Canada Research Chairs Program

2007Sloan Research Fellowship, awarded by the A.P. Sloan Foundation

2008Kavli Fellow - USA National Academy of Science

2009UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship

2010UBC Killam Research Prize

2010CIFAR Fellow - CIFAR Quantum Materials Program

2011EWR Steacie Memorial Fellowship - NSERC

2012Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

2013CIFAR Senior Fellow - CIFAR Quantum Materials Program

2014American Physical Society Fellow

Committees & Service

2003 – 2004 Condensed Matter Seminars, UBC

2004 – 2005 Condensed Matter Seminars, UBC

2004 Surface Canada – Vancouver, Canada

2004 Spectroscopies in Novel Superconductors – Sitges, Spain

2005 ARPES New Frontiers – Vancouver, Canada

2005 CAP – Vancouver, Canada

2008 LEES – Vancouver, Canada

2010 LEES – Geneva, Switzerland

2012 LEES – Napa Valley, USA

2012 M2S – Washington DC, USA

2013 Superstripes – Ischia, Italy

Research Interests

The frontier of modern solid state physics lies in understanding the electronic properties of those complex systems in which the valence electrons self-organize into novel ground states substantially different from those of conventional metals and insulators. Electron correlations, in concert with electron-phonon interactions, can give rise to a large variety of spectacular phenomena, such as Mott- Hubbard insulating behavior, unconventional and/or high-temperature superconductivity, heavy fermion and Kondo-insulating behavior, Peierls and spin-Peierls instabilities, spin-charge separation and spin-gap phenomena, and colossal magneto-resistance. In this context, in addition to the more traditional work performed on high-quality single crystals, over the last few years spectacular results have been reported on specifically fabricated nanostructures. To address the appropriateness of the current approaches in the quantum theory of solids and for the development of suitable microscopic models, it is necessary to investigate the elementary excitations of these novel complex systems, as they reflect the interplay between the low-energy degrees of freedom and determine macroscopic physical properties such as electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility and specific heat. The research activity of the group will then focus on the study of novel complex systems (both single crystals and one and two-dimensional nanostructures) by photoelectron spectroscopies and in particular angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (so called ARPES). Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments will be peformed on the state-of-the-art ARPES apparatus being developed at UBC, as well as at facilities such as the Canadian Light Source, the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, the Advance Light Source, and Elettra, where state of the art photoemission-dedicated beam lines are available or will be available in the very near future. These synchrotron experiments would be necessary for studies that require a continuous photon energy spectrum, control of the light polarization, spin sensitivity, specific experimental geometry, and small spot sizes.

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2355 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada
Tel: 604.822.3909
Fax: 604.822.4750