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"For opening new vistas in the study of disordered and strongly correlated condensed matter physics, including the random dimer model and the size dependence of the Kondo effect."Background:
Professor Phillips received his bachelor's degree in chemistry and mathematics from Walla Walla College in 1979 and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Washington in 1982. After a positions as a Miller Fellow at Berkeley, he was a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984-1993). Professor Phillips came to the University of Illinois Department of Physics in 1993.
Professor Phillips is a theoretical condensed matter physicist who has made several notable contributions on transport in low-dimensional materials. He has made seminal contributions in three distinct areas of condensed matter theory: pair tunneling in semiconductor quantum dots, the disordered Kondo problem, and the application of superconductivity in a two-dimensional electron gas to a silicon MOSFET.
Carlos Handy (Chair), Warren Buck, Alfred Msezane ('99 Recipient), William Spicer (Vice Chair), David Ernst