Shinsei Ryu

Adjunct Associate Professor


Shinsei Ryu

Primary Research Area

  • Condensed Matter Physics
2129 Engineering Sciences Building


Research Statement:

I am broadly interested in theoretical condensed matter physics, in particular, quantum mechanical aspects of condensed matter systems in the areas of nanoscale physics and strongly correlated systems, as seen in the transport and entanglement of electrons. As electronic devices become smaller and smaller, quantum effects have a greater influence on their electronic properties. At the same time, we are seeking to exploit quantum effects to enable quantum computation and quantum communication in next-generation electronics, as these quantum effects are much more powerful than classical alternatives. The target systems so far include quantum nanowires, the quantum Hall effect, unconventional superconductors, carbon-related systems such as carbon nanotube and graphene, and more recently, topological insulators and topological superconductors. At Illinois, I am planning to work further on topological phenomena in condensed matter physics, with more emphasis on strong electron correlations, in particular, a search for new topological superconductors in unconventional superconducting systems.


B. S., Physics, University of Tokyo, March 2000

M.S., Applied Physics, University of Tokyo, March 2002

Ph.D, Applied Physics, University of Tokyo, March 2005

Research Honors

  • 2014, A.P. Sloan fellowship
  • 2013 28th Nishinomiya-Yukawa Memorial Prize
  • 2012, 7th Condensed Matter Science Prize
  • 2002-2003, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellow.
  • March 2001, Tanaka Shoji Prize (Masters' thesis prize), Department of Applied Physics, University of Tokyo.

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Apoorv Tiwari, Xiao Chen, Titus Neupert, Luiz Santos, Shinsei Ryu, Claudio Chamon, Christopher Mudry, Topological BF theory of the quantum hydrodynamics of incompressible polar fluids, Phys. Rev. B 90, 235118 (2014); arXiv:1408.5417.
  • Po-Yao Chang, Shunji Matsuura, Andreas P. Schnyder, Shinsei Ryu, Majorana vortex-bound states in three-dimensional noncentrosymmetric superconductors, Phys. Rev. B 90, 174504 (2014); arXiv:1406.0232.
  • Chang-Tse Hsieh, Takahiro Morimoto, Shinsei Ryu, CPT theorem and classification of topological insulators and superconductors, Phys. Rev. B 90, 245111 (2014); arXiv:1406.0307.
  • Chang-Tse Hsieh, Olabode Mayodele Sule, Gil Young Cho, Shinsei Ryu, and Robert G. Leigh, Symmetry-protected Topological Phases, Generalized Laughlin Argument and Orientifolds, Phys. Rev. B 90, 165134 (2014); arXiv:1403.6902.
  • Po-Yao Chang, Christopher Mudry, and Shinsei Ryu, Symmetry-protected entangling boundary zero modes in crystalline topological insulators, J. Stat. Mech. P09014 (2014); arXiv:1403.6176.
  • Conflicting Symmetries in Topologically Ordered Surface States of Three-dimensional Bosonic Symmetry Protected Topological Phases Gil Young Cho, Jeffrey C. Teo, Shinsei Ryu, submitted to Phys. Rev. B
  • Rudro R. Biswas and Shinsei Ryu, Diffusive transport in Weyl semimetals, Phys. Rev. B 89, 014205 (2014).  

Related news

  • In the Media
  • Condensed Matter Physics

Shinsei Ryu, a University of Illinois assistant professor of physics, was named one of ten early-career scientists who are "on their way to widespread acclaim", in an article in Science News, an online publication of the Society for Science & the Public. In theoretical condensed matter physics, the systems can be so complex that the goal isn’t finding the right answers, Ryu says, “it’s asking the right questions.” Quantum applications such as computers rely on consistency — the same question should yield the same answer every time. But the quantum interactions between electrons are often unpredictable, so Ryu hunts for measurements that reliably return the same value again and again. He likens the systems to a doughnut shape. The curvature of the doughnut’s surface can change when external forces press in, but the number of holes in the doughnut stays the same. These kinds of robust properties will make accurate quantum computing possible, he says.

  • Accolades
  • Biological Physics
  • Biophysics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

Associate Professor Aleksei Aksimentiev and Assistant Professor Shinsei Ryu have each received the 2015 Dean's Award for Excellence in Research from the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. The two were recognized for their trailblazing research that represents significant contributions to their respective fields. They each received their awards at a College of Engineering faculty awards banquet on Monday, April 27, 2015.