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Research Expertise and Interest

quantum materials, van der Waals heterostructures, superconductivity, topological phases of matter, sustainable materials

Research Description

Prof. Lanzara interests are in exploring the science and technology of sustainable materials; quantum materials such as superconductors, two dimensional and topological heterostructures; and novel biological processes.  Through development and application of advanced scientific tools, coherent optical laser drives and artificial intelligence, her laboratory is at the forefront of materials science and condensed matter physics.   She is also applying these new advanced tools to explore fundamental processes in biology such as protein assemblies and catalysis.

Other affiliation of Prof. Lanzara include the Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute, the department of Applied Sciences and Technology and the Materials Sciences Division at LBNL.  She is also the founder and director of the Center for Sustainable Materials and Innovation at UC Berkeley.

In the News

Spin-TOF: A One-of-a-Kind Tool for Studying Spin-Dependent Electronic Properties

Bakar Fellow Alessandra Lanzara has been at the forefront of expanding the capabilities of ARPES (Angle-Resolved Photo-Emission Spectroscopy) to directly detect electron spin. She and her team have now developed a detection system, which they call “spin-TOF,” that enables a material’s spin-dependent electronic and magnetic properties to be studied with a thousand times more sensitivity than any previous technology.

Seven new Bakar Fellows already are making an impact

Seven University of California, Berkeley, faculty scientists with novel ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit have been named to the 2019-20 cohort of Bakar Fellows, an honor that gives the fellows the money and time to translate their laboratory breakthroughs into technologies ready for the marketplace.

A new tool to attack the mysteries of high-temperature superconductivity

Using ultrafast lasers, Berkeley Lab scientists have tackled the long-standing mystery of how Cooper pairs form in high-temperature superconductors. With pump and probe pulses spaced just trillionths of a second apart, the researchers used photoemission spectroscopy to map rapid changes in electronic states across the superconducting transition.

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