Department of Physics and the College
Shinsei Ryu’s research focuses on quantum mechanical aspects of condensed matter systems in the areas of nanoscale physics and strongly correlated systems, as seen in the transport and entanglement of electrons. The goal of his research is to exploit quantum effects to enable quantum computation and quantum communication in next-generation electronics.
In 2015, he was selected as one of Science News’s 10 “Bright Young Minds,” scientists who have demonstrated high-caliber research leading to noteworthy achievements. He is the recipient of the 2015 New Horizons in Physics Prize from the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, a Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Nishinomiya-Yukawa Memorial Prize for outstanding research in theoretical physics, and Japan’s Condensed Matter Science Prize.
Ryu received a BS in physics and an MS and PhD in applied physics, all from the University of Tokyo. He completed two postdoctoral appointments, the first at the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the second at the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the University of Chicago, he was an associate professor of condensed matter physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.