Kiefl, Robert



Condensed Matter / Experiment

Office Location

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hennings 407
6224 Agricultural Rd., Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Lab Location

4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 2A3
Tel (lab): (604) 222-7511

Phone: (604) 822-3037


Bachelors Degree Carleton University (1976)
Masters Degree University of British Columbia (1978)
Doctoral Degree University of British Columbia (1982)

Employment History

1982 TRIUMF Research Associate, University of British Columbia

1982 – 1984 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Zurich

1984 – 1987 TRIUMF Research Scientist, University of British Columbia

1987 – 1990 Research Fellow, University of British Columbia

1990 – 1992 Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

1992 – 1995 Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

1995 – Present Professor

Awards & Honours

1990Fellow in the Canadian Institute of Advanced Res. Superconductivity Program

1992Awarded the Herzberg Medal by the Canadian Association of Physicists

1993UBC Killam Research Prize

1993UBC McDowell Medal

2004Fellow of the American Physical Society

2017Yamazaki Prize, International Society for µSR Spectroscopy (ISMS)

Committees & Service

1986 - 1993 Member of TRIUMF experimental evaluation Committee

1991 - 1992 Organizing the Condensed Matter Seminar

1994 Alternate member of TRIUMF operations Committee

1994 - 1996 Committee for Initial Appointments

1995 - 1997 UBC representative on TRIUMF Operations Committee

1999 Search Committee for new director of TRIUMF

2000 - 2003 NSERC Grant Selection Committee

2001 - 2002 Promotion and Tenure Committee

2001 - 2004 Chair Committee for Initial Appointments

2003 Chair of NSERC Grant Selection Committee

2004 - 2006 Undergraduate Advisor/Chair

2007 - 2009 Chair of the Japanese RIKEN lab Experimental Evaluation Committee for Materials Science

2008 - Present Chair of the Curriculum Committee

2008 - Present Faculty of Science Curriculum Committee

2009 - Present UBC representative on TRIUMF PPAC Committee

2010 Search Committee for New TRIUMF Science Director

Research Interests

My research interests are in condensed matter physics and in particular the area of so called quantum materials and their interfaces. In general the properties of an interface (or surface region) are different that the properties of the two constituent materials in the same way a molecule has different properties than its constituent atoms. Our goals are to discover exactly how these differences arise near surfaces and interfaces. Our group has been developing a new technique called low energy beta- detected NMR, in which a spin polarized beam of radioactive nuclei produced at the TRIUMF ISAC facility is used a probe of local magnetic and electronic properties of quantum materials and their interfaces.

Research Website


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