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Nikolai Zhitenev (Fed)

Nikolai Zhitenev is the Group Leader of the Nanoscale Processes and Measurements Group. He received an M.S. degree in Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia (with honors, eq. summa cum laude), and a Ph.D. degree in Condensed Matter Physics from the Institute of Solid State Physics, Russia. Nikolai was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Physics, Stuttgart, Germany, and then a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then joined the staff at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, where his research focused on electronic transport in different physical systems, ranging from two-dimensional electron gasses in Si, Ge and GaAs, to semiconductor and metal quantum dots, to nanoscale molecular and polymer devices. Nikolai holds four patents and has over 85 publications in high-profile journals including Science, Nature, Physical Review Letters and Nano Letters. As a staff member in the Nanoscale Device Characterization Division, Nikolai leads multiple projects related to the measurement of electronic properties of novel materials patterned into nanoscale devices, and to the development of local characterization of photovoltaic materials and devices.

Selected Programs/Projects

Selected Publications

  • Electromechanical properties of graphene drumheads, N. N. Klimov, S. Jung, S. Zhu, T. Li, C. A. Wright, S. D. Solares, D. B. Newell, N. B. Zhitenev, and J. A. Stroscio, Science 336, 1557–1561 (2012).
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  • Evolution of microscopic localization in graphene in a magnetic field from scattering resonances to quantum dots, S. Jung, G. M. Rutter, N. N. Klimov, D. B. Newell, I. Calizo, A. R. Hight-Walker, N. B. Zhitenev, and J. A. Stroscio, Nature Physics 7, 245-251 (2011). 
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  • Origin of nanoscale variations in photoresponse of an organic solar cell, B. H. Hamadani, S. Jung, P. M. Haney, L. J. Richter, and N. B. Zhitenev, Nano Letters 10, 1611-1617 (2010).
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  • Chemical modifications of the electronic conducting states in polymer nanodevices, N. B. Zhitenev, A.Sidorenko, D. M Tennant. and R. A Cirelli, Nature Nanotechnology 2, 237-242 (2007).
  • Control of topography, stress and diffusion at molecule-metal interface N. B. Zhitenev, W. Jiang, A. Erbe, Z. Bao, E. Garfunkel, D. M. Tennant and R. A. Cirelli, Nanotechnology 17, 1272-1277 (2006).


Visualizing the merger of tunably coupled graphene quantum dots

Daniel Walkup, Fereshte Ghahari, Steven R. Blankenship, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Nikolai Zhitenev, Joseph A. Stroscio
Coupled quantum dots have been realized in a wide variety of physical systems and have attracted interest for many different applications. Here, we examine

A quantum ruler for orbital magnetism in moiré quantum matter

Marlou Slot, Yulia Maximenko, Paul M. Haney, Sungmin Kim, Daniel Walkup, Evgheni Strelcov, En-Min Shih, Dilek Yildiz, Steven R. Blankenship, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Yafis Barlas, Nikolai Zhitenev, Fereshte Ghahari Kermani, Joseph A. Stroscio
Topological properties that underlie the rich emergent phases of moiré quantum matter (MQM) result from the eigenstate geometry of the moiré Hamiltonian. The

Edge channels of broken-symmetry quantum Hall states in graphene visualized by atomic force microscopy

Joseph A. Stroscio, Sungmin Kim, Johannes Schwenk, Daniel T. Walkup, Yihang Zeng, Fereshte Ghahari, Son T. Le, Marlou R. Slot, Julian Berwanger, Steven R. Blankenship, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Franz Giessibl, Nikolai Zhitenev, Cory Dean
The quantum Hall (QH) effect, a topologically non-trivial quantum phase, expanded and brought into focus the concept of topological order in physics. The
Created October 9, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022