We are interested in spintronics, valleytronics, magnetism, and topological states in 2D materials and thin film heterostructures. Our experimental activities span materials growth, device fabrication, ultrafast optical microscopy, spin-polarized STM and time-resolved microARPES.

  • Prospective graduate students please email Dr. Kawakami (kawakami.15@osu.edu)
  • Ohio State undergraduate students please contact Dr. Kawakami, and fill in the application form.

Recent News:

  • August 2019: Congratulations to Dr. Yunqiu Kelly Luo and Dr. Tiancong Zhu for passing their Ph.D. exams. Kelly, good luck at Cornell! TC, good luck at Berkeley!
  • June 2018: Congratulation to Dr. Dante O’Hara for passing his Ph.D. exam. Good luck on your postdoctoral fellowship at Naval Research Lab!
  • December 2018: Congratulations to Dr. Igor Pinchuk for receiving his Ph.D.  Good luck at Carnegie Mellon!
  • September 20, 2018: Jinsong’s work on “Strong and tunable spin lifetime anisotropy in dual-gated bilayer graphene” is published in Physical Review Letters and highlighted in Physics. Congratulations!
  • August 18: Congratulating Jyoti and Simran for their new jobs at Carnegie Mellon Univerisity! Great Job Assistant Professor Katoch and Research Assistant Professor Singh!
  • July 18: Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth McCormick and Dr. Jinsong Xu for passing their Ph.D. exams! Good luck on your future endeavors!
  • 5/7/18: Our graduate student Yunqiu (Kelly) Luo has been awarded a Presidential Fellowship by the OSU graduate School! The Presidential Fellowship is the most prestigious award given by the Graduate School. Read more on the Physics Department Homepage.
  • 3/9/18: Our graduate students Yunqiu (Kelly) Luo and Dante O’Hara are awarded APS GMAG and DCMP student travel awards. They are featured in GMAG Newsletter!
  • 2/1/18: Our PhD student Elizabeth (Bushong) McCormick’s graduate school life story: “Presidential Fellows: A True Buckeye Love Story” is featured in our  recent Physics Magazine !
  • 1/22/18: Congratulations on Dr. Jyoti Katoch’s work on “Giant spin-splitting and gap renormalization driven by trions in single-layer WS2/h-BN heterostructures” published in Nature Physics! Great Job Jyoti! Click here for a press release from Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) .
  • 1/19/18: Congratulations to Kelly winning Young Scientist Award at PCSI 45 Conference for her upgraded talk titled “Opto-valleytronic spin injection in MoS2/graphene hybrid spin valve”!
  • 1/12/18: Congratulations on Walid Amamou and Igor Pinchuk’s work on “Magnetic Proximity Effect on Pt/CoFeO4 Bilayers” published in Physics Review Materials and selected as Editors’ Suggestion!
  • 11/20/17: Congratulations on Dr. Simranjeet Singh and Dr. Jyoti Katoch’s work on “Strontium Oxide Tunnel Barriers for High Quality Spin Transport and Large Spin Accumulation in Graphene” published in Nano Letters!
  • 11/06/17: Congratulations on Beth McCormick’s work on “Imaging Spin Dynamics in Monolayer WS2 by Time-Resolved Kerr Rotation Microscopy” accepted in 2D materials!
  • 07/01/17: Congratulations for Dr. Walid Amamou and Dr. Adam S. Ahmed for passing their Ph.D. defense exams. Good luck on your future endeavors!
  • 06/08/17: Congratulations on the successful commencement of 2017 Workshop on Spins, Valleys, and Topological States in 2D and Layered Materials at Ohio State Center for Emergent Materials!
  • 05/30/17: Great job Kelly! Opening up the field of 2D optospintronics with “Optovalleytronic Spin Injection in Hybrid Monolayer MoS2/Few-Layer Graphene Hybrid Spin Valves” published in Nano Letters!