Welcome to the Pantelides Research Group!



Research Snapshot: New microscopy technique of electron distributions and theory unveils a feature that can shape applications of a class of quantum materials

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Professor Sokrates T. Pantelides Given the 2019 Award for International Scientific Cooperation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences on January 16, 2020 in Beijing, China


Professor Pantelides pictured here with Bai Chunli, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Professor Pantelides is pictures here with his collaborators after the award ceremony at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CA) on January 16, 2020.

Professor Pantelides is pictured here with his collaborators after the award ceremony at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on January 16, 2020.





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Nick Richardson, an undergraduate physics student at Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, who spent the summer of 2020 as a research intern in our group under the National Science Foundation Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) program, received a prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Award for undergraduates in the sophomore and junior level for his academic record at Fairfield and for his research experience at Vanderbilt where he was co-mentored by Dr. Andrew O’Hara and Professor Pantelides. Nick did a brilliant job in his nanoscience research project, which continued in the fall and spring semester and led to a talk at the prestigious American Physical Society annual meeting in March 2021. A paper on the project is currently being written.

Congratulations to Graduate Student, Laura Nichols, on receiving the DOE CSGF Fellowship!

Congratulations to Graduate Student, Laura Nichols, on receiving the DOE CSGF Fellowship!


Experiments into amorphous carbon monolayer lend new evidence to physics debate, lay groundwork for future devices

A four-way switch promises greater tunability of layered materials

Nanoscale origami: Smallest-ever, atomically precise structures set stage for quantum breakthroughs

Graphene origami reaches quantum precision (https://physicsworld.com/a/graphene-origami-reaches-quantum-precision/)

“Graphene origami reaches quantum precision” – Physics World




From the ceremony at which Professor Pantelides was installed as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Physics at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China in June, 2016. 

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Professor Pantelides, The University Vice President and senior collaborators in Beijing.

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The University Vice President presenting the certificate of appointment.



Current Appointments:

Vanderbilt University:

University Distinguished Professor of Physics and Engineering (2010 –)

William A. and Nancy F. McMinn Professor of Physics (1994 –)

Professor of Electrical Engineering (2008 –)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Distinguished Visiting Scientist (1995 –)

University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China: Distinguished Visiting Professor of Physics (2016 –)

Prior Appointments:

IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY (1975 – 1994)

Research Staff Member, Manager, Senior Manager, Program Director

Stanford University, Stanford, CA (1973 – 1975)

Post-doctoral researcher


PhD Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL (1973)

BS Physics with Highest Scholastic Honors, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL (1969)


IBM Outstanding Innovation Award, 1980

Fellow, American Physical Society, 1981

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2003

Chancellor’s Research Award, Vanderbilt University, 2003.

APS Outstanding Referee Award, 2008

Fellow, Materials Research Society, 2012

Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2015






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