Jie Shan received her diploma in Mathematics and Physics from Moscow State University, Russia in 1996 and Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University in 2001.  From 2002 - 2014, she was an assistant and associate professor in Physics at Case Western Reserve University; and from 2014 - 2017, an associate and full professor at the Pennsylvania State University. She joined school of applied and engineering physics as a full professor in 2018.  

Research Interests

Our research focuses on the optical and electronic properties of nanoscale materials. Of particular interest are atomically thin two-dimensional crystals (such as graphene and MoS2) and their heterostructures. We develop experimental techniques to probe, image and control the internal degrees of freedom of electrons and their new phases in these nanoscale systems. Various linear and nonlinear optical spectroscopy and microscopy techniques are employed to access both the steady state properties and ultrafast dynamics.

Selected Publications

  • J. Lee, Z. Wang, H. Xie, K. F. Mak, & J. Shan, “Valley magnetoelectricity in single-layer MoS2,” Nature Mater.16, 887-891 (2017).
  • Z. Wang, J. Shan, & K. F. Mak, “Valley- and spin-polarized Landau levels in monolayer WSe2,” Nature Nanotech.12, 144-149 (2017).
  • K. F. Mak and J. Shan, " Photonics and optoelectronics of two-dimensional semiconductor transition metal dichalcogenides,” Nature Photon. 10, 216-226 (2016).
  • J. Lee, K. F. Mak, and J. Shan, "Electrical control of the valley Hall effect in bilayer MoS2 transistors," Nature Nanotech.11, 421-425 (2016).
  • X. Xi, Z. Wang, W. Zhao, J.-H. Park, K. T. Law, H. Berger, L. Forro, J. Shan, and K. F. Mak, "Ising pairing in superconducting NbSe2 atomic layers," Nature Phys.12, 139-143 (2016).

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2013
  • Scialog Award for Science Advancement, Research Corporation, 2010
  • Marie Tharp Fellowship, Columbia University, 2008
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2004
  • Optical Society of America New Focus Student Award, 2000


  • Diploma in Mathematics and Physics, Moscow State University (1996)
  • M.S. in Physics, Columbia University (1998)
  • Ph.D. in Physics, Columbia University (2001)