Kai Liu


Dr. Kai Liu received a Ph.D. in Physics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1998, and then carried out postdoctoral research at the University of California - San Diego. In 2001 he joined the University of California - Davis faculty. In 2018 he joined the Georgetown University as Professor of Physics and an incoming McDevitt Chair. His research interest is in experimental studies of magnetism and spin transport in nanostructured materials. He was recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2005) and a UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellowship (2007). He is also elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK, 2011), American Physical Society (2012) and IEEE (2016). He served as the General Chair for the 61st Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (2016 MMM). He currently serves as Secretary for the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Commission on Magnetism (2018-2020), and as an Associate Editor for APL Materials.

Selected Publications

1. A. Quintana, E. Menéndez, M. O. Liedke, V. Sireus, P. Torruella, S. Estradé, F. Peiró, C. Detavernier, P. Murray, D. A. Gilbert, Kai Liu, E. Pellicer, J. Nogués, and J. Sort, “Voltage-controlled ON-OFF ferromagnetism at room temperature in a single metal oxide film”, ACS Nano, 12, 10291-10300 (2018).

2. H. X. Yang, G. Chen, A. A. C. Cotta, A. T. N'Diaye, S. A. Nikolaev, E. A. Soares, W. A. A. Macedo, Kai Liu, A. K. Schmid, A. Fert, and M. Chshiev, "Significant Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya Interaction at Graphene-Ferromagnet Interfaces due to Rashba-effect", Nature Materials, 17, 605-609 (2018).

3. D. A. Gilbert, E. C. Burks, S. V. Ushakov, P. Abellan, I. Arslan, T. E. Felter, A. Navrotsky, and Kai Liu, “Tunable Low Density Palladium Nanowire Foams”, Chemistry of Materials, 29, 9814–9818 (2017).

4. W. J. Jiang, G. Chen, Kai Liu, J. D. Zang, S. G. E. te velthuis and A. Hoffmann, “Skyrmions in magnetic multilayers”, Physics Reports, 704, 1-49 (2017).

5. Q. L. He, L. Pan, A. L. Stern, E. C. Burks, X. Y. Che, G. Yin, J. Wang, B. Lian, Q. Zhou, E. S. Choi, K. Murata, X. F. Kou, T. X. Nie, Q. M. Shao, Y. B. Fan, S. C. Zhang, Kai Liu, J. Xia, and K. L. Wang, “Chiral Majorana fermion modes in a quantum anomalous Hall insulator-superconductor structure”, Science, 357, 294-299 (2017).

6. G. Chen, S. P. Kang, C. Ophus, A. T. N’Diaye, H. Y. Kwon, R. T. Qiu, C. Y. Won, Kai Liu, Y. Z. Wu, and A. K. Schmid, “Out-of-plane chiral domain wall spin-structures in ultrathin in-plane magnets”, Nature Communications, 8, 15302 (2017).

7. D. A. Gilbert, A. J. Grutter, E. Arenholz, Kai Liu, B. J. Kirby, J. A. Borchers, B. B. Maranville, “Structural and Magnetic Depth Profiles of Voltage-Controlled Magneto-Ionic Heterostructures Beyond the Interface Limit”, Nature Communications, 7, 12264 (2016).

8. D. A. Gilbert, J. Olamit, R. K. Dumas, B. J. Kirby, A. J. Grutter, B. B. Maranville, E. Arenholz, J. A. Borchers, and Kai Liu, “Controllable Positive Exchange Bias via Redox-Driven Oxygen Migration”, Nature Communications, 7, 11050 (2016).

9. D. A. Gilbert, B. B. Maranville, A. L. Balk, B. J. Kirby, P. Fischer, D. T. Pierce, J. Unguris, J. A. Borchers, and Kai Liu, “Realization of Ground State Artificial Skyrmion Lattices at Room Temperature”, Nature Communications, 6, 8462 (2015).

10. D. A. Gilbert, G. T. Zimanyi, R. K. Dumas, M. Winklhofer, A. Gomez, N. Eibagi, J. L. Vicent, and Kai Liu, “Quantitative Decoding of Interactions in Tunable Nanomagnet Arrays Using First Order Reversal Curves”, Scientific Reports, 4, 4204 (2014).