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Bachelor's Degree
University of Milan, Physics

Doctoral Degree
University of Groningen, Physics

Employment History
  • Graduate Student - Department Of Physics, University of Groningen (11/1994-03/1999).
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - Department Of Physics, Stanford University (04/1999-03/2001).
  • Research Associate - Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lab, Stanford University (04/2001-07/2002).
  • Assistant Professor - Department Of Physics, University of British Columbia (08/2002-06/2007).
  • Canada Research Chair (Tier II) - Department Of Physics, University of British Columbia (10/2002-09/2012).
  • Associate Professor - Department Of Physics, University of British Columbia (07/2007-07/2013).
  • Deputy Director - UBC Quantum Matter Institute (05/2010-12/2014).
  • Co-Deputy Director - UBC-Max Planck Institute Centre for Quantum Materials (05/2010-12/2014).
  • Full Professor - Department Of Physics, University of British Columbia (07/2013-).
  • Scientific Director - UBC Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (01/2015-).
  • Co-Director - UBC-Max Planck Institute-UTokyo Centre for Quantum Materials (01/2015-).
  • Canada Research Chair (Tier I) - Department Of Physics, University of British Columbia (09/2015-).

  • Fellow of the Max Planck Graduate Center for Quantum Materials (July 2021).
  • Fellow of the CIFAR Quantum Materials Program (July 2019).
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Mathematical & Physical Sciences Division, Academy of Science (June 2018).
  • CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal (May 2018).
  • Tier I Canada Research Chair in the Electronic Structure of Quantum Materials, Canada Research Chairs Program (September 2015).
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (November 2014). For determination of electronic structure of unconventional oxide superconductors and related materials utilizing angle-resolved photo-emission and resonant soft x-ray scattering.
  • Senior Fellow of the CIFAR Quantum Materials Program (January 2013).
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, Humboldt Foundation, Germany (March 2012).
  • E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, NSERC (February 2011). Every year, NSERC awards up to six Steacie Fellowships, which provide a 2-year relieve from teaching and administrative duties and a $250,000 research grant.
  • Fellow of the CIFAR Quantum Materials Program (March 2010).
  • UBC Killam Research Prize (January 2010).
  • UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship (January 2009).
  • Kavli Fellow of the USA National Academy of Science (November 2008).
  • Tier II Canada Research Chair in the Electronic Structure of Solids, Canada Research Chairs Program (renewed October 2007).
  • Sloan Research Fellowship, A.P. Sloan Foundation (February 2007).
  • Tier II Canada Research Chair in the Electronic Structure of Solids, Canada Research Chairs Program (October 2002).
  • Nomination for a Springplank Research Chair, Dutch Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (May 2001).

Hobbies and Interests

Sailing across the Pacific Ocean

Research Area
Condensed Matter

Research Field
Electronic Structure of Quantum Materials

Research Topics
Strongly correlated electron systems, low-dimensional systems and nanostructures, transition-metal oxides, metal-insulator transition, magnetism, orbital ordering, high-Tc superconductivity

Research Title
Electronic Structure of Quantum Materials


Over the past 50 years, developments in condensed matter physics have paved the way for technologies we use every day. For example, the creation of integrated computer circuits spawned text messaging, debit payments, and video streaming, not to mention biomedical applications like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Dr. Andrea Damascelli, Canada Research Chair in Electronic Structure of Quantum Materials, utilizes spectroscopic techniques including time-, spin-, and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), as well as resonant elastic x-ray scattering (REXS), to study the low-energy electronic structure of solids. He specializes in quantum materials – systems that show new electronic properties that defy our ability to understand or predict them. These properties include high-temperature superconductivity, unconventional magnetism, and exotic phases of matter.

Dr. Damascelli’s research focuses on the electronic structure of unconventional oxide superconductors. His work has gained global recognition and helped make Canada a leader in photoelectron spectroscopy – a highly sophisticated technique that images the energy and velocity of electrons as they propagate inside a material. Advances in this field will help answer fundamental questions in condensed matter physics and lead to new concepts and understanding.

By combining the atomic manipulation of materials and structures with novel equilibrium and ultrafast spectroscopy approaches, Dr. Damascelli aims to probe and realize new quantum materials and coherent quantum states that are technologically critical for the next generation of quantum devices. Dr. Damascelli’s research will strengthen Canada’s leadership in developing electronic materials with quantum electronic properties that have never been seen before. These breakthroughs will lead to new applications in information technology, energy, and health.

Selected Publications
  • M. Zonno, F. Boschini, A. Damascelli. Time-resolved ARPES on cuprates: Tracking the low-energy electrodynamics in the time domain. J. Electron Spectrosc. Relat. Phenom. 251, 147091 (2021).
  • B. Zwartsenberg, R.P. Day, E. Razzoli, M. Michiardi, N. Xu, M. Shi, J.D. Denlinger, G. Cao, S. Calder, K. Ueda, J. Bertinshaw, H. Takagi, B.J. Kim, I.S. Elfimov, A. Damascelli. Spin-orbit-controlled metal-insulator transition in Sr2IrO4. Nature Physics 16, 290 (2020).
  • M.X. Na, A. K. Mills, F. Boschini, M. Michiardi, B. Nosarzewski, R.P. Day, E. Razzoli, A. Sheyerman, M. Schneider, G. Levy, S. Zhdanovich, T.P. Devereaux, A.F. Kemper, D.J. Jones, A. Damascelli. Direct determination of mode-projected electron-phonon coupling in the time-domain. Science 366, 1231 (2019).
  • R.P. Day, B. Zwartsenberg, I.S. Elfimov, A. Damascelli. Computational framework chinook for angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. npj Quantum Materials 4, 54 (2019).
  • B. Sussman, P. Corkum, A. Blais, D. Cory, A. Damascelli. Quantum Canada. Quantum Sci. Technol. 4, 020503 (2019).
  • F. Boschini, E.H. da Silva Neto, E. Razzoli, M. Zonno, S. Peli, R. P. Day, M. Michiardi, M. Schneider, B. Zwartsenberg, P. Nigge, R.D. Zhong, J. Schneeloch, G.D. Gu, S. Zhdanovich, A.K. Mills, G. Levy, D.J. Jones, C. Giannetti, A. Damascelli. Collapse of high-Tc superconductivity via ultrafast quenching of the phase coherence. Nature Materials 17, 416 (2018).
  • R.P. Day, G. Levy, M. Michiardi, B. Zwartsenberg, M. Zonno, F. Ji, E. Razzoli, F. Boschini, S. Chi, R. Liang, P.K. Das, I. Vobornik, J. Fujii, W.N. Hardy, D.A. Bonn, I.S. Elfimov, A. Damascelli. Influence of Spin-Orbit Coupling in Iron-Based Superconductors. Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 076401 (2018).
  • R. Comin, A. Damascelli. Resonant X-Ray Scattering Studies of Charge Order in Cuprates. Annu. Rev. Condens. Matter Phys. 7, 369-405 (2016).
  • B.M. Ludbrook, G. Levy, P. Nigge, M. Zonno, M. Schneider, D.J. Dvorak, C.N. Veenstra, S. Zhdanovich, D. Wong, P. Dosanjh, C. Strasser, A. Stoehr, S. Forti, C.R. Ast, U. Starke, A. Damascelli. Evidence for superconductivity in Li-decorated monolayer graphene. PNAS 112, 11795 (2015).
  • R. Comin, R. Sutarto, E.H.d.S. Neto, L. Chauviere, R. Liang, W.N. Hardy, D.A. Bonn, F. He, G.A. Sawatzky, A. Damascelli. Broken translational and rotational symmetry via charge stripe order in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+y. Science 347, 1335 (2015).
  • E.H. da Silva Neto, R. Comin, F. He, R. Sutarto, Y. Jiang, R.L. Greene, G.A. Sawatzky, A. Damascelli. Charge ordering in the electron-doped superconductor Nd2-xCexCuO4. Science 347, 282 (2015).
  • C.N. Veenstra, Z.-. Zhu, M. Raichle, B.M. Ludbrook, A. Nicolaou, B. Slomski, G. Landolt, S. Kittaka, Y. Maeno, J.H. Dil, I.S. Elfimov, M.W. Haverkort, A. Damascelli. Spin-Orbital Entanglement and the Breakdown of Singlets and Triplets in Sr2RuO4 Revealed by Spin- and Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy. Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 127002 (2014).
  • R. Comin, A. Frano, M.M. Yee, Y. Yoshida, H. Eisaki, E. Shierle, E. Weschke, R. Sutarto, F. He, A. Soumyanarayanan, Y. He, M. Le Tacon, I.S. Elfimov, J.E. Hoffman, B. Keimer, G.A. Sawatzky, A. Damascelli. Charge ordering driven by Fermi-arc instability in underdoped cuprates. Science 343, 6169 (2014).
  • Z.H. Zhu, C.N. Veenstra, G. Levy, A. Ubaldini, P. Syers, N.P. Butch, J. Paglione, M.W. Haverkort, I.S. Elfimov, A. Damascelli. Layer-By-Layer Entangled Spin-Orbital Texture of the Topological Surface State in Bi2Se3. Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 216401 (2013).
  • D. Fournier, G. Levy, Y. Pennec, J.L. McChesney, A. Bostwick, E. Rotenberg, R. Liang, W.N. Hardy, D.A. Bonn, I.S. Elfimov, A. Damascelli. Loss of nodal quasiparticle integrity in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x. Nature Physics 6, 905 (2010).
  • M.A. Hossain, J.D.F. Mottershead, D. Fournier, A. Bostwick, J.L. McChesney, E. Rotenberg, R. Liang, W.N. Hardy, G.A. Sawatzky, I.S. Elfimov, D.A. Bonn, A. Damascelli. In situ doping control of the surface of high-temperature superconductors. Nature Physics 4, 527 (2008)
  • M.W. Haverkort, I.S. Elfimov, L.H. Tjeng, G.A. Sawatzky, A. Damascelli. Strong spin-orbit coupling effects on the fermi surface of Sr2RuO4 and Sr2RhO4. Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 026406 (2008).
  • M. Plate, J.D.F. Mottershead, I.S. Elfimov, D.C. Peets, R.X. Liang, D.A. Bonn, W.N. Hardy, S. Chiuzbaian, M. Falub, M. Shi, L. Patthey, A. Damascelli. Fermi surface and quasiparticle excitations of overdoped Tl2Ba2CuO6+d. Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 077001 (2005).
  • A. Damascelli. Probing the electronic structure of complex systems by ARPES. Phys. Scr. T109, 61-74 (2004).
  • A. Damascelli, Z. Hussain, Z.X. Shen. Angle-resolved photoemission studies of the cuprate superconductors. Rev. Mod. Phys. 75, 473-541 (2003).
  • A. Damascelli, D.H. Lu, K.M. Shen, N.P. Armitage, F. Ronning, D.L. Feng, C. Kim, Z.X. Shen, T. Kimura, Y. Tokura, Z. Mao, Y. Maeno. Fermi surface, surface states, and surface reconstruction in Sr2RuO4. Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 5194 (2000).
  • A. Damascelli, D. van der Marel, M. Gruninger, C. Presura, T.T.M. Palstra, J. Jegoudez, A. Revcolevschi. Direct two-magnon optical absorption in alpha ’-NaV2O5: “Charged” magnons. Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 918 (1998).
  • A. Damascelli, K. Schulte, D. van der Marel, A.A. Menovsky. Infrared spectroscopic study of phonons coupled to charge excitations in FeSi. Phys. Rev. B 55, Rapid Comm., R4863 (1997).
  • A. Damascelli, G. Gabetta, A. Lumachi, L. Fini, F. Parmigiani. Multiphoton electron emission from Cu and W: An angle-resolved study. Phys. Rev. B 54, 6031 (1996).