2018 Burton Medal
Lena F. Kourkoutis
Lena F. Kourkoutis is an Assistant Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics and James C. and Rebecca Q. Morgan Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow at Cornell University. Her electron microscopy group focuses on understanding and controlling nanostructured materials, from complex oxides to materials for energy storage to biomaterials. They use advanced electron microscopes to study these systems atom-by-atom and develop new cryogenic techniques to gain access to low temperature electronic states as well as to study processes at liquid/solid interfaces.
Kourkoutis received her undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Rostock, Germany in 2003, and then moved to Ithaca where she was awarded a Ph.D. in 2009. As a Humboldt Research Fellow, she spent 2011-2012 in the Molecular Structural Biology Group at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany. She returned to Cornell University in 2012 and joined the Cornell Faculty in 2013. Kourkoutis is recipient of the 2013 Albert Crewe Award, a 2014 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, a 2016 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and a 2017 NSF CAREER award. She is also a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.