Nathan Finney

  • Program Year: 4
  • Academic Institution: Columbia University
  • Field of Study: Micro/Nanoscale Engineering
  • Academic Advisor: James Hone
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2016)
  • Degree(s):
    M.S. Physics and General Science Education, Teachers College at Columbia University, 2010; B.A. Art Practice, and B.A. Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 2007

Summary of Research

Studying graphene and semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides enables the development of nanoscale optical and electric circuits for flexible electronics, as well as the development of high-strength stretchy composites. Additionally, these two-dimensional (2D) materials present an opportunity to study materials under extreme conditions at the quantum and continuum scale simultaneously. My research is focused on probing symmetry breaking in these materials, as well as characterizing the physics of relevant 2D material heterostructure devices.


Tunable crystal symmetry in graphene-boron nitride heterostructures with coexisting moire superlattices. Nathan R. Finney, Matthew Yankowitz, Lithurshanaa Muraleetharan, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, Cory R. Dean, James Hone. arXiv:1903.11191 (2019), in review

An ultrafast symmetry switch in a Weyl semimetal. Edbert J. Sie, Clara M. Nyby, C. D. Pemmaraju, Su Ji Park, Xiaozhe Shen, Jie Yang, Matthias C. Hoffmann, B. K. Ofori-Okai, Renkai Li, Alexander H. Reid, Stephen Weathersby, Ehren Mannebach, Nathan Finney, Daniel Rhodes, Daniel Chenet, Abhinandan Antony, Luis Balicas, James Hone, Thomas P. Devereaux, Tony F. Heinz, Xijie Wang & Aaron M. Lindenberg. Nature volume 565, pages 61-66 (2019).

Engineering the structural and electronic phases of MoTe2 through W substitution. D. Rhodes, D.A. Chenet, B.E. Janicek, C. Nyby, Y. Lin, W. Jin, D. Edelberg, E. Mannebach, N. Finney, A. Antony, T. Schiros, T. Klarr, A. Mazzoni, M. Chin, Y. Chiu, W. Zheng, Q.R. Zhang, F. Ernst, J.I. Dadap, X. Tong, J. Ma, R. Lou, S. Wang, T. Qian, H. Ding, R.M. Osgood Jr, D.W. Paley, A.M. Lindenberg, P.Y. Huang, A.N. Pasupathy, M. Dubey, J. Hone, L. Balicas. American Chemical Society Nano Letters, February 2017, 17 (3), pp. 1616-1622

Design, Fabrication, and Test of a Superconducting Dipole Magnet Based on Tilted Solenoids. S. Caspi, D.R. Dietderich, P. Ferracin, N.R. Finney, M.J. Fuery, S.A. Gourlay, A.R. Hafalia. IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity Volume 17, Issue 2, June 2007 Page(s): 2266-2269