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Kamran Behnia

Former Member of the International Faculty


Senior researcher at Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI), Paris , FRANCE

Kamran Behnia obtained his Ph.D. in 1990 in Grenoble. The subject of his thesis was thermal transport in heavy-fermion superconductor UPt3. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at University of Geneva. In 1992, he was employed by Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and spent seven years working on organic and cuprate superconductors at Paris-Sud University. Since 2000, he has been based at Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI) in Paris. His research focuses on collective quantum phenomena in a variety of solids ranging from semimetals to superconductors. His book Fundamentals of Thermoelectricity was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. He became a fellow of American Physical Society in 2012 and has been a Divisional Associate Editor (DAE) of Physical Review Letters and a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors (BoRE) of Science since 2013.

Contributions to KPA III: Quantum Matter and Materials


  • Lecture addressed to graduate students
  • Subject: The travel of heat in solids (Scheduled for September 2018)

  • Collaboration with Prof. Joachim Hemberger and Prof. Thomas Lorenz and their groups on various subjects
  • Subject 1: Interplay between ferroelectricity and superconductivity
  • Subject 2: Boundaries of Boltzmann picture of transport phenomena
  • Subject 3: Manifestations of Berry curvature in bulk materials
Publications (2018)

V. Martelli, J. Larrea Jiménez, M. Continentino, E. Baggio-Saitovitch, and K. Behnia, Thermal Transport and Phonon Hydrodynamics in Strontium Titanate, Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 125901 (2018)