Donald Heiman

Don HeimanDegrees/Education

PhD, University of California, 1975

Area(s) of Expertise

Experimental Nanophysics

Research Interests

Professor Heiman’s research group focuses on several challenging and technologically important areas: (1) topological insulators; (2) nanomagnetism; and (3) novel spintronic materials. The group’s primary experimental tools are: molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) crystal growth; SQUID magnetrometry; electrical and optical measurements in high magnetic fields and at low temperatures. Research is in collaboration with MIT and Leeds University (UK), and is supported by the NSF, DOE and ONR.

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Donuts, superconductors and green electronics – a physics professor explains their connection

Physics professor Don Heiman authored a paper in Nature that describes his work making topological insulators more feasible for use in everything from iPhones to quantum computing.

Making electronics greener

Northeastern University physicist Prof. Don Heiman and researchers from MIT, Stanford, and Penn State have developed a material that could possibly lead to greener electronics. Their research was recently published in the journal Nature Materials.

The Future of Magnetic Information Technology

Leveraging a grant for his Revolutionizing Magnetic Electronics without the Magnetism, Professor Don Heiman and several students are focused on finding the best and most cost-effective way to store and process information.

Physics graduate student receives prestigious accolades

Michelle Jamer, a graduate student in Don Heiman’s lab, has received two accolades related to her research on magnetic electronics.