U of T Physics Professor Hae-Young Kee was named to a new Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Theory of Quantum Materials.
One of the world’s foremost theoreticians in identifying promising new materials with desirable functionalities, Professor Hae-Young Kee’s work bridges the gap between abstract theory and real materials. She is a theoretical condensed matter physicist whose research on quantum materials has placed her at the forefront of the new science of topological materials. Her work reveals the fundamental science behind complex phenomena observed in experimental labs. She is particularly well known for creating and analyzing model Hamiltonians, which capture the essential features of the electronic structure and electron-electron interactions in transition metal systems. They provide direct insight into the physics of complex materials, enabling her to partner with experimentalists for ground-breaking measurements.
When asked about what this Research Chair means to her, Professor Kee said “I am honoured to receive this distinction. It is highly rewarding to see my long-term efforts in Theory of Quantum Materials be recognized. I appreciate my colleagues at the University of Toronto and collaborators in the Quantum Materials field. I am energized to continue my contributions to the physics community.”
Canada Research Chairs make important research contributions in areas of critical importance such as infectious disease prevention, cyber security, cancer therapeutics, queer and diversity education, data and artificial intelligence, Indigenous maternal and child wellness, and climate change impacts in the North.
The program recognizes that diversity is indispensable to research excellence and is committed to working alongside Canadian institutions to achieve its equity targets and reflect the diversity of Canada’s population by 2029. Among the 259 Canada Research Chair recipients announced today, 26% self-identified as racialized minorities, 5% as Indigenous Peoples, 10% as persons with disabilities and 51% as women.
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