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Prof. Arkadiusz Wójs

Arkadiusz Wójs was born on 7 August 1971 in Wrocław, Poland, graduated from Wroclaw University of Technology (WUT) in 1995, and received his PhD in 1997 and habilitation in physics in 2002 (both at WUT), and professor’s title in 2009.

Between 1994 and 1997 he did his MSc and PhD training with Dr. Pawel Hawrylak in part at the Institute for Microstructural Sciences of National Research Council in Ottawa, Canada. From 1997 to 2000 he worked as a postdoc with Prof. John J. Quinn at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, where he later returned regularly as a visiting professor. From 2008 to 2010 he worked with Prof. Peter Littlewood and Prof. Nigel R. Cooper as a Marie Curie Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK. In the last decade he has most closely collaborated with Prof. Jainendra K. Jain from Pennsylvania State University, USA.

Ever since receiving PhD his permanent position in Poland has been at WUT, beginning as “adiunkt” in 1997, promoted to extraordinary professor in 2008, and finally to ordinary professor in 2014. From 2012 to 2015 he served as Deputy Dean and from 2015 to 2020 he served as Dean of Faculty of Fundamental Problems of Technology, he also headed Department of Theoretical Physics since 2014. Since 2020 Prof. Arkadiusz Wójs holds the position of Rector of the Wrocław University of Science and Technology.

His main research interests belong in theoretical and computational condensed matter physics and include: electronic structure and magneto-optical properties of quantum dots and other semiconductor nanostructures, collective phenomena in low-dimensional electronic systems, quantum liquids, quantum Hall effect, composite fermions, excitonic complexes in low-dimensional systems, graphene and carbon nanostructures, two-dimensional crystals.

His main research accomplishments include: prediction of shell energy structure of self-assembled quantum dots (1996), concept of hidden symmetry underlying absorption and emission spectra of parabolic quantum dots (1996), prediction of two bound states of two-dimensional charged excitons in magnetic field: dark triplet (1995) and bright triplet (2000), calculation of quasiparticle interactions and their application in hierarchy of quantum Hall liquids (2000), prediction of “unconventional” 4/11 state of fractional quantum Hall effect (2004), prediction of skyrmions in 5/2 state of fractional quantum Hall effect (2010), and concept of multi-partite composite fermions (2011).

He coauthored 180 research articles in JCR journals (e.g., in Physics Reports, Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters, and Applied Physics Letters) and 4 books (incl. Springer 1998 and Oxford 2003). His monograph “Quantum dots” has over 1000 citations, and his 6 papers are cited over 100 times, with total count of article citations exceeding 2800. He also gave 50 invited conference and workshop lectures. He received numerous research grants including two Marie Curie fellowships from European Research Executive Agency, Maestro from Polish National Science Centre, and Master from Foundation for Polish Science.

He received numerous several prestigious awards from Polish Prime Minister, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Polish Ministry of National Education, Polish Academy of Sciences, Polish Physical Society, and Foundation for Polish Science. He is also APS Outstanding Referee, and Ambassador of Polish Congresses. He chaired joint international conferences on Electronic Properties of Two-Dimensional Systems (EP2DS-20) and Modulated Semiconductor Structures (MSS-16) in 2013, and the Congress of Polish Physical Society in 2017.

He is a member of Academia Europaea since 2017 and heads Wroclaw Knowledge Hub since 2018.