Kannan M. Krishnan

Kannan M. Krishnan

  • Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
  • Adjunct Professor of Physics
  • Associate Faculty Member, South Asia Center, Jackson School of International Studies
Office:323 Roberts Hall
Phone:(206) 543-2814
Fax:(206) 543-3100
Email: kannanmk@uw.edu

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Ph.D., Materials Science (Physics & Mathematics - Minors) UC, Berkeley, 1984.
M.S., Materials Science, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1980.
B. Tech., Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, India, 1978.

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Biographical & Research Summary

Kannan M. Krishnan obtained his B. Tech (Mech. Eng.) from IIT Kanpur and Ph.D. (Materials Science; Minor in Physics & Mathematics) from UC, Berkeley. After graduation in 1984, he held various scientific and teaching positions at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC, Berkeley, before joining the University of Washington, in 2001, as the Campbell Chair Professor of Materials Science and Adjunct Professor of Physics. He has held visiting appointments in all six continents including the Hitachi Central Research Laboratory (Japan), Tohoku University, Danish Technical University, University of Sao Paolo, University of Western Australia, University of Alexandria (Egypt), and the Indian Institute of Science.


Prof. Krishnan’s current research focus is broadly on two major, inter-related themes: 

(i) Bioengineering at the intersection of Magnetism, Materials and Medicine focusing on diagnostics, imaging and therapy, with appropriate translational research and commercialization activities.

(ii) Materials Science & Condensed Matter Physics with emphasis on nanoscale magnetic and transport (both charge and spin) phenomena in reduced dimensions, including their inter-coupling and structure-property correlations at relevant length scales, to develop new paradigms for materials and devices in the context of information (storage, processing and logic) and energy technologies. 


Prof. Krishnan is widely recognized for research, teaching, mentoring and entrepreneurship. He has received the TMS/FMD Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award (2015), IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize (2012), Fulbright Specialist Award (2010), IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award (2009), Guggenheim Fellowship (2004), the Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship (2008), the Burton Medal (Microscopy Society of America, 1992), JSPS Senior Scientist Fellowship (2002), the College of Engineering Outstanding Educator Award (UW, 2004), an appointment as the Professor-at-large (University of Western Australia, 2006-8) and a nomination as the UW candidate for the AAAS Mentor award (2009). Based on his teaching and scholarship, his comprehensive 800-page single author book, entitled “Fundamentals and Applications of Magnetic Materials”, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics (London) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Materials Science, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Acta Materialia, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, IEEE Magnetics Letters and Medical Physics. His service activities are extensive and include the UW College of Engineering Promotion and Tenure Council (2001-5), the UW Common Book selection committee (2010), the IEEE Magnetics Society Administrative Committee (2011-3) and the Fetzer Institute Advisory Council on the Engineering Professions (2011-3).  In 2010, along with two former graduate students, he has founded a start-up company, LodeSpin Labs, involved in the development of tailored magnetic carriers for a range of biomedical applications.



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