Outstanding Alumni 2016
- 1979, B.A., Physics, Kenyon College
- 1987, Ph.D., Physics, Purdue University
Senior Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
Wai-Kwong Kwok is a Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. His current research focuses on thermodynamic studies of novel and exotic superconductors, dynamic studies of vortex behavior in high temperature superconductors, exploration of novel physical phenomena in hybrid magnetic and superconducting nano-structures and the prospects of high power THz emission from mesoscopic high temperature superconductors. Wai-Kwong received a B.A from Kenyon College in 1979 and a Ph.D from Purdue University in 1987. He joined Argonne's Superconductivity and Magnetism Group in 1988 as a staff member. He was a co-recipient of the Department of Energy's Materials Science Award in 1990 and 1997 and in 1998 he was co-recipient of the University of Chicago Awards for Distinguished Performance at Argonne National Laboratory for work on vortex lattice melting in superconductors. He became a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1999. He served as editor for Elsevier’s Physica C journal from 2003-2014 and co-chaired the Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Science 2006 Report on the Basic Research Needs for Superconductivity.
Wai-Kwong currently serves as a Group Leader of the Superconductivity and Magnetism Group in Argonne's Materials Science Division and as co-Director and Theme Leader of the EFRC’s Center for Emergent Superconductivity. He has co-authored over 350 publications with over 14,000 citations.