Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Reader in Quantum Simulation and Computation of Materials







812Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





I joined Imperial as a Lecturer in 2017 after a postdoctoral position as a Marie Curie fellow at the University of Cambridge. I was awarded my PhD in 2014 from the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems and the Technical University Dresden. 

The focus of my work is on condensed matter systems in regimes in which the laws of quantum mechanics are important. In condensed matter physics complex behavior arises from the interaction of a large number of basic degrees of freedom. It is fascinating to uncover the richness of this behavior, and to understand the universal principles that organize the physical world. 

My research has been centred around one of the great topics of modern physics — the search for unconventional quantum phases in correlated materials. This search does not only lead to a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles driving these phases but has also practical relevance for future quantum technology. The underlying theme of my work is to bridge the gap between novel theories and actual experiments. Advances in the theory of topological phases of matter happen in parallel to developments in materials science. My work combines both lines of research which is crucial for new discoveries. It is my characteristic approach to transfers abstract mathematics to experimentally relevant situations. 

If you are interested in working in my group, please contact me.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Smith A, Knolle J, Kovrizhin DL, et al., 2017, Disorder-Free Localization, Physical Review Letters, Vol:118, ISSN:0031-9007

Banerjee A, Yan J, Knolle J, et al., 2017, Neutron scattering in the proximate quantum spin liquid alpha-RuCl3, Science, Vol:356, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:1055-1058

Knolle J, Cooper NR, 2017, Anomalous de Haas-van Alphen Effect in InAs/GaSb Quantum Wells, Physical Review Letters, Vol:118, ISSN:0031-9007

Knolle J, Cooper NR, 2017, Excitons in topological Kondo insulators: Theory of thermodynamic and transport anomalies in SmB6, Physical Review Letters, Vol:118, ISSN:0031-9007

Nasu J, Knolle J, Kovrizhin DL, et al., 2016, Fermionic response from fractionalization in an insulating two-dimensional magnet, Nature Physics, Vol:12, ISSN:1745-2473, Pages:912-915

Banerjee A, Bridges CA, Yan J-Q, et al., 2016, Proximate Kitaev quantum spin liquid behaviour in a honeycomb magnet, Nature Materials, Vol:15, ISSN:1476-1122, Pages:733-740

Knolle J, Cooper NR, 2015, Quantum Oscillations without a Fermi Surface and the Anomalous de Haas-van Alphen Effect, Physical Review Letters, Vol:115, ISSN:0031-9007

Knolle J, Kovrizhin DL, Chalker JT, et al., 2014, Dynamics of a two-dimensional quantum spin liquid: Signatures of emergent Majorana fermions and fluxes, Physical Review Letters, Vol:112, ISSN:0031-9007

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