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George A. Sawatzky Solid-state physicist

George Sawatzky’s research focuses on the electronic structure of nanostructured strongly correlated materials, such as magnetic materials, high temperature superconductors, and materials for molecular electronics applications. He is also interested in the development and use of various synchrotron-based spectroscopic methods to study such systems, as well as theoretical methods to describe the relationships between their physical properties and chemical compositions, structures and morphologies.


Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 2002.

Nieuwsblad van het Noorden prize, 1997.

NWO-Spinoza award, 1996.

Elected Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, 1991.

Relevant Publications

H. Ebrahimnejad et al, "The dynamics of a doped hole in a cuprate is not controlled by spin fluctuations," Nat. Phys., vol. 10, no. 12, pp. 951–955, Dec. 2014.



Senior Fellow Quantum Materials


University of British ColumbiaDepartment of Physics and Astronomy


Ph.D. (Physics) University of Manitoba

B.Sc. (Physics) University of Manitoba



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