Alexander Golubov, associate professor in the group Interfaces and Correlated Electron Systems (TNW/MESA+), was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). After the news on the election of Dave Blank, yet another UT scientist turns out to receive this honourable award.
Alexander Golubov is elected Fellow “For fundamental contributions to the theory of multiband superconductivity, and the theory of superconducting hybrid and topological systems.” Superconductivity is the phenomenon by which electrical resistance turns to zero at very low temperatures. Depending on the material, this can be near absolute zero (minus 273 degrees Celsius) or the boiling point of nitrogen (minus 196 degrees). Superconductivity has a number of high-energy applications. The ‘holy grail’ is superconductivity at room temperature. First proof of this was already shown, but in that case it only worked under very high pressure. Dave Blank, the other new APS Fellow, also spent part of his scientific career on superconductivity.
In its 2021 round, APS awarded a Fellowship to about 150 of its 54,000 members. Three of them are working at Dutch universities, of which no less than two at the University of Twente. Golubov was nominated by the Division of Condensed Matter Physics.
Alexander A. Golubov (1961) graduated in 1983, in the group of Nobel Prize winner Alexei Abrikosov. He did his PhD work at the Institute of Solid State Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Chernogolovka, where he also obtained a second PhD degree (‘Habilitation’). Between 1987 and 1997, he was a research associate at this institute, before he came to the University of Twente in 1998. By now, he is an associate professor at UT. He also was a guest scientist at the Kernforschungzentrum Jülich.
Golubov has over 300 journal publications to his name. In 2014, he received a large grant of 2.5 million euros, for establishing a new lab at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, for research on ‘Topological quantum phenomena in superconducting structures.’