Prize Recipient

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James Hone
Columbia University


"For seminal contributions to the synthesis and assembly of high-quality 2D materials and their heterostructures."


James Hone is currently Wang Fong-Jen Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University. He received his BS in physics from Yale in 1990, and taught high school in New York City from 1990-1992. He received his PhD in experimental condensed matter physics from UC Berkeley in 1998, in the group of Alex Zettl. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania with Charlie Johnson, and as a Millikan Fellow at Caltech with Michael Roukes. His group’s research focuses on multiple aspects of 2D materials and heterostructures, including materials synthesis, heterostructure assembly, fundamental properties, and applications. His group demonstrated the first assembly of 2D materials into layered heterostructures, and performed pioneering studies of graphene mechanics. Professor Hone was director of Columbia’s Materials Science Research and Engineering Center (MRSEC) from 2014-2021, and currently serves as associate director. He holds an honorary Chair Professor position Sungkyunkwan University Advanced Institute for Nano Technology. He was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2015 and the Society of Columbia Graduates Great Teacher Award in 2014.