Avik Halder, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Physics

2015 Recipients of the PhD Achievement Award

Avik Halder, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Physics

Faculty Advisor: Vitaly Kresin

Avik’s research focuses on metal
nanocluster particles, also known as “superatoms”, and how to use the clusters to
address long-standing challenges in the field of superconductivity (a phenomenon in
which current can flow perpetually inside materials without losing energy). The
discoveries made during this research were recently published by one of the highest
impact-factor journals in nanoscience, Nano Letters. Avik’s work has received wide
recognition and he has been recently offered a postdoctoral position in nanocluster
research at Argonne National Laboratory. As a long term goal, Avik envisions
large-scale use of nanoclusters for mass benefit.