Jenny Hoffman

Professor of Physics, Clowes Professor of Science, Harvard University


Hoffman completed her PhD in Physics at the University of California, Berkeley in 2003, with Prof. Séamus Davis using scanning tunneling microcopy to investigate electronic ordered states in the high-Tc cuprate superconductor Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8+x . She was a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Kathryn Moler at Stanford University, where she used magnetic force microscopy to investigate vortex pinning in superconductors. Hoffman joined the faculty in the Physics Department at Harvard University in 2005. At Harvard, her research combines atomic layer-by-layer growth and atomic resolution imaging of materials, to uncover new physics and applications inaccessible via bulk synthesis and probes. Her group has used molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and magnetic force microscopy (MFM) to synthesize, image, and manipulate electron pairing and vortex pinning in high-Tc superconductors, the metal-insulator transition in VO 2 , and the band structure of the topological materials such as SmB 6 . Recently, they have used acoustic metamaterials as a test ground to understand, invent, and prototype new quantum materials. Hoffman is the recipient of several awards, including the United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Sloan Fellowship, the Radcliffe Fellowship, the Moore Foundation Experimental Investigator Award, the Canada Excellence Research Chair, and most recently the Clowes Professorship of Science at Harvard University.

Jenny Hoffman Hoffman is a proud mother of three children, born in 2006, 2009, and 2012. Hoffman is also a competitive long-distance runner. She is a 3-time US National Champion in the 24-Hour Run, with a personal record of 142 miles (228 kilometers) in 2016. She was part of the gold-medal-winning US team at the 24-Hour Run World Championships held in Belfast, UK in 2017. In fall 2019 she set out to break the world record for running across the continental United States, from San Francisco to New York. She averaged 100 kilometers per day for 42 straight days, which put her 7 days ahead of record pace, but she suffered a run-ending knee injury just a few days from the finish. She is still daydreaming about where to run next.