Prof. Dr. Alexey Soluyanov, SNF professor for theoretical solid-state physics, has passed away

Alexey Soluyanov

We are mourning for our colleague, mentor, and friend, Alexey Soluyanov. After bravely fighting a hard struggle against his cancer, he has passed from us on October 26 in St. Petersburg, much too early, at the age of 36 years. We will remember Alexey Soluyanov as an eager and cheerful person, with whom we were lucky enough to share our passion for physics.

The University of Zurich has lost in Alexey Soluyanov one of the world’s leading experts in theoretical solid-states physics. His contributions to the field of topological states of matter have been both foundational and groundbreaking. His work has lead to a deeper understanding of the band theory of crystalline materials. In addition to this fundamental work, he has predicted multiple classes of semimetals, which were experimentally discovered shortly thereafter. Furthermore, he developed various software packages, which have simplified the discovery of new exotic quantum materials.

 

Alexey Soluyanov studied Physics at the University of St. Petersburg, Russia, and earned his PhD in 2012 under David Vanderbilt at Rutgers University, USA. He then worked at ETH, first as a postdoc and then as a senior scientist. Starting in 2018 he has been leading his own research group as a Swiss National Science Foundation professor at the Department of Physics of the University of Zurich.

 

Alexey Soluyanov has left a lasting mark on the active field of topological materials with his farsightedness and his outstanding physical intuition. From early in his career, he has served as the advisor to the very successful theses projects of several doctoral students. Thus, beyond his passing, his work and passion endures.

 

Katharina Müller

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