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Robert M. Konik

Chair of the Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science Department

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The Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science (CMPMS) Department has 60 employees and an annual budget of about $21 million. Scientists in the department study basic, theoretical, and applied aspects of materials, their uses, and their electronic, physical, mechanical, and chemical properties. Their aim is to integrate the knowledge and tools of chemistry and physics with the principles of engineering to understand and optimize material properties, and to create new and improved materials to help fulfill the missions of the Department of Energy.

Konik joined Brookhaven Lab as a Research Scientist in 2003, with promotions to Assistant Physicist (2004), Associate Physicist (2006), and Physicist (2009). He served as Deputy Chair of CMPMS from January 2015. He has also been an adjunct professor at Boston College (since 2011), an associate editor at the journal Physical Review B (since 2008), is an Honorary Research Associate at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (2015-2019), and has held visiting appointments at Universiteit van Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Paris, France.

Konik has been a member of CMPMS's condensed matter theory group since 2003, serving as Deputy Chair of the department for the past year. His research interests include low dimensional strongly correlated electron materials, low dimensional magnetism, and strongly correlated nanosystems both in and out of equilibrium. He brings with him to his new position a broad theoretical and working knowledge of the department's vision and current activities.

Konik earned his Ph.D. in strongly correlated systems in 1998 from Cornell University. A Canadian citizen, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada in the department of physics at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara from 1997 through 1999. He then joined the University of Virginia as a Research Associate, advancing to Research Scientist in 2001.