Cyrus Hirjibehedin

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Professor Cyrus Hirjibehedin

Telephone Number: 
+44 (0)20 7679 2617
Telephone Extension: 
32 617
Fax Number: 
+44(0)20 7679 0595
Research Interests: 
Magnetic Nanostructures
Dopants in Semiconductors
Low Dimensional Quantum Systems
Atomic and Molecular Electronics and Spintronics
Many-body quantum phenomena, including quantum Hall effects and Kondo screening

Cyrus F. Hirjibehedin is a Professor in the London Centre for NanotechnologyDepartment of Physics & Astronomy, and the Department of Chemistry at University College London (UCL).  His group’s research is focused on understanding the electronic and magnetic properties of nanometer-scale structures and exploring their potential applications in future paradigms of information processing, data storage, and sensing.  The primary research tools that his group uses are low-temperature scanning probe microscopes, some of which operate in high magnetic fields.  These systems are able to image, manipulate, and probe structures on surfaces at the scale of individual atoms.

Professir Hirjibehedin received a B.S. in both Physics and Computer Science from Stanford University in 1997. After completing his undergraduate work in California, he returned to New York to pursue a Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University.  His dissertation research, which was completed in 2004, was conducted at both Columbia University and Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies in the group of Prof. Aron Pinczuk.  The primary focus this work was a study of novel interaction effects in low dimensional electron systems formed in semiconductor quantum structures.

In 2004, Professor Hirjibehedin became a postdoctoral Research Staff Member at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in the Low-Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Group.  Working with Drs. Don Eigler and Andreas Heinrich, he used the atom-manipulation and spin-excitation-spectroscopy capabilities of low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopes, some of which operate in a large magnetic field, to study the onset of cooperative magnetic behavior in atomically-precise low-dimensional structures.

Career History
  • Reader (Associate Professor), UCL (2013-present)
  • Lecturer (Assistant Professor), UCL (2007-2013)
  • Postdoctoral Scientist, IBM Almaden Research Center (2004-2007)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies (1998-2004)
  • Ph.D. in Physics, Columbia University (2004)
  • M.Phil. in Physics, Columbia University (2000)
  • M.A. in Physics, Columbia University (1999)
  • B.S. in Physics and Computer Science, Stanford University (1997)
Awards and honours: 
  • Outstanding Innovation Award, IBM Almaden Research Center (2007)
  • Bravo Team Award, IBM Almaden Research Center (2006)
  • Charles Townes Fellow, Columbia University (2003)
  • Jerry Selvaggi Scholar, Columbia University (2002)
  • Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAAN) Fellowship, Columbia University (1999-2001)
  • David Starr Jordan Scholar, Stanford University (1993)
External positions held: 
Memberships : 
  • American Physical Society
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Peer Review College
  • Institute of Physics
  • Materials Research Society


PHASGQ02 S3 - Quantum Sensors and Metrology 
PHAS1423 - Modern Physics, Astronomy, and Cosmology
CHEM3001 M0 - An Introduction to Research Methods - Poster and Oral Presentation
CHEM3001 M6 - An Introduction to Research Methods - Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy
CHEM3004/MAPS3001 - Literature Projects

  • IOP Careers Event: “So you have a PhD in Nanoscience? What now?” (2013)
  • Wellcome Collections Miniatures Event (2012)
  • Association of British Science Writers (2010)
  • UCL Adventures in Molecular Science (AIMS) Day (2008)
  • Columbia University Frontiers of Science Symposium (2006)
  • Wired NextFest (2006)