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Konstantin Matveev

Principle Investigator

Materials Science Division; Bldg. 223
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Ave.
Argonne, IL 60439

phone: 630-252-4341
fax: 630-252-7777

Research Interests

Dr. Matveev works on the theory of electronic transport in nanostructures. Nanoscale physics is a new area of research which studies various phenomena in very small conductors, with sizes below 1 micron. The interest in electronic properties of small conductors is strongly stimulated by the rapid progress of computer technology, where the transistor size shrank steadily in order to increase the processing speed and device density. The physics of mesoscopic conductors is very different from that of larger systems. First of all, the sizes of mesoscopic samples are so small that the quantum interference of electrons scattering off of impurities becomes essential and gives rise to a number of new phenomena. Secondly, the interactions between the electrons in small systems become stronger and often affect the flow of electrons dramatically. The interactions lead to a number of fascinating new phenomena, such as Coulomb blockade, which is interesting from both a fundamental point of view as a new way to observe the discreteness of charge, and as a new principle for building ultrasmall computer logic circuits.


  • 1982-1988
    Studies in Physics at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
  • June 1988
    Graduation with Honors. Diploma thesis title: Inelastic tunneling across thin amorphous films. Supervisor: Prof. A. I. Larkin.
  • 1988-1990
    Post Graduate, Institute of Solid State Physics, USSR Academy of Sciences, Chernogolovka. Supervisor: Prof. D. E. Khmelnitskii.
  • May 1991
    Ph. D. from the Institute of Solid State Physics. Thesis title: Effects of disorder and electron-electron interactions in tunnel microjunctions. Supervisor: Prof. A. I. Larkin.

Professional activities

  • 1990-1991
    Research Associate, Institute of Solid State Physics, USSR Academy of Sciences, Chernogolovka, USSR.
  • 1991-1993
    Research Associate, Theoretical Physics Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
  • 1993-1996
    Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
  • 1996-2000
    Assistant Professor, Duke University, Durham, NC.
  • 2000-2005
    Associate Professor, Duke University, Durham, NC.
  • 2003-present
    Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL.
  • 2004-2005
    Visiting professor, RIKEN, Wako, Japan.


  • 1998
    Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.
  • 2000
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship.



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