Jie Shan

Jie Shan

Walter S. Carpenter Professor of Engineering
Director of Graduate Studies


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 the Cornell University School of Applied and Engineering Physics as a full professor in 2018.  

Research Interests

Shan's  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

1. L. Ma, P. X. Nguyen, Z. Wang, Y. Zeng, K. Watanbe, T. Taniguchi, A.H. MacDonald, K.F. Mak, and J. Shan, “Strongly correlated excitonic insulator in atomic double layers,” Nature 598, 585–589 (2021).

2. T. Li, S. Jiang, L. Li, Y. Zhang, K. Kang, J. Zhu, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, D. Chowdhury, L. Fu, J. Shan, and K. F. Mak, “Continuous Mott transition in semiconductor moiré superlattices,” Nature 597, 350–354 (2021).

3. Y. Xu, S. Liu,D.A. Rhodes, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, J. Hone, V. Elser, K. F. Mak, and J. Shan, “Correlated insulating states at fractional fillings of moiré superlattices,” Nature 587, 214–218 (2020).

4. Y. Tang, L. Li, T. Li, Y. Xu, S. Liu, K. Barmak, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, A.H. MacDonald, J. Shan, and K.F. Mak “Simulation of Hubbard model physics in WSe2/WS2 moiré superlattices,” Nature 579, 353-358 (2020).

5. C. Jin, Z. Tao, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, K.F. Mak, and J. Shan, “Imaging and control of critical spin fluctuations in two-dimensional magnets,” Nature Materials 19, 1290-1294 (2020).

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)


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