Robert M. Westervelt

Robert M. Westervelt

  • Mallinckrodt Professor of Applied Physics and of Physics
  • Director, NSF Science and Technology Center for Integrated Quantum Materials
  • Director, Center for Nanoscale Systems at Harvard

Profile

Robert Westervelt received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1977. Following a postdoctoral appointment at Berkeley, he moved to Harvard University, where he is the Mallinckrodt Professor of Applied Physics & Physics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Westervelt's group investigates the quantum nature of electrons inside quantum materials and devices and develops tools for the manipulation of biological systems.

The group has developed a liquid-helium cooled scanning probe microscope (SPM) that can image ballistic electron motion through graphene and other 2D materials, and the two-dimensional electron gas in GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures. In graphene they have imaged the electron cyclotron orbit in the magnetic focusing regime, characterized narrow ballistic electron beams produced by collimating contacts, and visualized Andreev reflection of electrons from a superconducting contact. Using the SPM tip as a movable gate, they can tune few-electron quantum dots and do Coulomb blockade spectroscopy of their quantum levels. In previous research, they developed double and triple quantum dots in GaAs that act as artificial molecules.

On the bioengineering side, Westervelt's group has developed hybrid Integrated Circuit / Microfluidic chips - programmable microfluidic systems that can trap, move, sort, and assemble biological cells and small particles in fluids.

Robert Westervelt is Director of the NSF Science & Technology Center for Integrated Quantum Materials (CIQM) based at Harvard, with partnerships at Howard University, MIT, and the Museum of Science, Boston. The vision of the Center is to create quantum sensors, quantum networks, and quantum computers based on quantum materials, including graphene and 2D materials, topological insulators, and nitrogen vacancy (NV) center diamond. 

Westervelt is Director of the Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) at Harvard University. CNS provides shared facilities for Nanofabrication, Electron Microscopy, and Materials Growth. CNS serves as a site of the NSF National Nanofabrication Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) that provides CNS facilities to students and faculty at other schools and for industrial research.

Contact Information

Nickname: Bob
Office:Pierce 234
Email:westervelt@seas.harvard.edu
Office Phone:(617) 495-3296
Office Fax(617) 495-9837
Lab Name:Westervelt Research Group
Lab Location:200 - 214 McKay
Lab Phone:(617) 495-9598
Assistant:Naomi Brave
Assistant Office:Pierce 228
Assistant Phone:(617) 495-1027
Research Mgr: Laura Lamp

Primary Teaching Area

Positions & Employment

2003 to present:   Mallinckrodt Professor of Applied Physics and Physics

1986 to 2003:       Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Physics

1984 to 1986:       Associate Professor of Physics and Applied Physics

1979 to 1984:       Assistant Professor of Physics and Applied Physics

Honors

Fellow, American Physics Society, 2007

Director, NSF STC Center for Integrated Quantum Materials (Harvard, Howard, MIT) 2013-2018

Director, Center for Nanoscale Systems at Harvard, 2013-present.

Director, NSF Nanoscale Science & Engineering Center (Harvard, MIT and UCSB), 2001-2012.

Director, NSF Materials Research Science & Engineering Center at Harvard, 1997-2001.