Fernandes named Distinguished McKnight University Professor

Professor Rafael Fernandes of the School of Physics and Astronomy has been named a 2023 Distinguished McKnight University Professor.  Fernandes is a condensed matter theorist and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the School. He was cited for his research in quantum materials: "Quantum materials host a rich landscape of fascinating electronic phases of matter, whose unique properties offer promising opportunities for technological applications. They are enabled by the often-exotic collective behavior of the electrons inside these materials, subjected to the intricate laws of quantum physics. Rafael Fernandes’ research has provided a window on this secret life of electrons, shedding new light on how they conspire to realize unusual quantum phases, most notably quantum analogs of liquid crystals."

The Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program recognizes outstanding faculty members who have recently achieved full professor status. Recipients hold the title “Distinguished McKnight University Professor” for as long as they remain employed at the University of Minnesota.