Kin Fai Mak

Assistant Professor

Department and Program Affiliations:
Physics

Academic focus:
Condensed matter experiment, nanoscale materials and structures, optics

Current research project: 
One of our lab's current efforts is to use optical techniques to study and control atomically thin materials.

Previous positions: 
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Pennsylvania State University, 2014-2018
Kavli Postdoctoral Fellow, Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science, Cornell University, 2012-2014 
Postdoctoral Fellow, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, Columbia University, 2010-2012

Academic background:
Ph.D., Physics, Columbia University, 2010 
B.S., Physics and Mathematics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2005

Last book read:
“Regenesis: How synthetic biology will reinvent nature and ourselves,” by George M. Church

In your own time/when not working: 
Hike, run, sightseeing, snooker, movies, documentaries

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching: 
Modern Physics, Advanced Lab, Introductory Solid State Physics

What most excites you about Cornell: 
Excellent facilities and the level of collaborative research; people from different backgrounds can come together, talk and generate new ideas that cannot be thought of on your own.