Nathaniel Stern

Institute Fellow

Nathaniel P. Stern

Department of Physics and Astronomy


Nathaniel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University. His research interests are in the fundamental quantum interactions of photons with atoms, nano-scale materials, and spin. His current research focus emphasizes nanofabrication, photonics, and physics of novel low-dimensional materials, seeking to realize novel regimes of light-matter interactions using materials engineered at the atomic scale. Nathaniel’s past research expertise is broad, including semiconductor spintronics, atomic physics, and quantum optics. He has received the Early Career Research Award from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research, and he is a Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. His work with the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory was awarded with the Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Award for Energy Research. Prior to moving to Northwestern University, Nathaniel was a lifelong resident of Southern California. He was a Tolman Prize Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, he received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara as a Fellow of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, and he received the LeRoy Apker Prize of the American Physical Society for his research as an undergraduate at Harvey Mudd College.

Nathaniel Stern