Asst. Prof. Yoav Kalcheim

  • Ph.D. – Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2016
  • M.Sc. – Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2011
  • B.Sc. – Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2008

Academic Appointments

  • 2020-Present: Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Technion, Haifa
  • 2016-2020: Postdoctoral research at University of California San Diego with Prof. Ivan. K. Schuller.

Selected Honors & Awards

  • 2020 Norman Seiden Fellowship in Nanotechnology and Optoelectronics, Technion.
  • 2014 Schuller prize for excellence in experimental physics, HU.
  • 2013 Superconductivity theory Winter School – Plenary lecture as the winner of the best poster – Florida State University, USA.
  • 2012 Nano-Center annual convention Prize and Plenary lecture – Hebrew University.
  • 2011 Best poster prize at faculty day – Hebrew University
  • 2008 Dean’s list of third-year BSc Physics.

Quantum Sensing of Insulator-to-Metal Transitions in a Mott Insulator
NJ McLaughlin,* Y Kalcheim,* A Suceava, HL Wang, IK Schuller, CHR Du
*equal contribution
Advanced Quantum Technologies 2021, 2000142

Structural Manipulation of Phase Transitions by Self-induced Strain in Geometrically Confined Thin Films
Y Kalcheim, C Adda, P Salev, MH Lee, N Ghazikhanian, NM Vargas, J del Valle and IK Schuller
Advanced Functional Materials 2020, 2005939 “VIP paper”

Non-thermal resistive switching in Mott insulators
Y Kalcheim, A Camjayi, J del-Valle, P Salev, M Rozenberg, IK Schuller
Nature communications 2020, 11, 2985

Caloritronics based Mott neuristor
J del-Valle J, P Salev P, Y Kalcheim, Schuller IK
Scientific Reports 2020, 10, 4292

Subthreshold firing in Mott nanodevices
J del-Valle, P Salev, F Tesler, NM Vargas, Y Kalcheim, P Wang, J Trastoy, MH Lee, G Kassabian, JG Ramirez, MJ Rozenberg, IK Schuller
Nature 2019, 569, 388

Giant non-volatile resistive switching in a Mott oxide and ferroelctric oxide
P Salev, J del-Valle, Y Kalcheim, IK Schuller
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2019, 116 (18), 8798


Robust Coupling between Structural and Electronic Transitions in a Mott Material
Y Kalcheim, N Butakov, NM Vargas, MH Lee, J del-Valle, J Trastoy, P Salev, IK Schuller
Physical Review Letters 2019, 122 (5), 057601


Intertwined magnetic, structural and electronic phase transitions in a Mott insulator
B Frandsen, Y Kalcheim, I Valmianski, A Mcleod, Z Guguchia, SC Cheung, A Hallas, M Wilson, Y Cai, G Luke, Z Salman, T Prokscha, T Murakami, H Kageyama, DN Basov, IK Schuller, T Uemura
Physical Review B 2019, 100, 235156

Electrically induced multiple metal-insulator transitions in oxide nanodevices.
J del Valle, Y Kalcheim, J Trastoy, A Charnukha, DN Basov, IK Schuller
Physical Review Applied 2017, 8, 054041

Dynamic control of the vortex pinning potential in a superconductor using current injection through nanoscale patterns
Y Kalcheim, E Katzir, F Zeides, N Katz, Y Paltiel, O Millo
Nano Letters 2017, 17 (5), 2934

Magnetic field dependence of the proximity induced triplet superconductivity in ferromagnet/superconductor interfaces.
Y Kalcheim, O Millo, T Kirzhner, G Koren, M Egilmez, A di Bernardo, MG Blamire,
JWA Robinson
Physical Review B 2014, 89, 180506 – rapid communication

Evidence for anisotropic triplet superconductor order parameter in half-metallic ferromagnetic La0.7Ca0.3Mn3O proximity coupled to superconducting Pr1.85Ce0.15CuO4
Y Kalcheim, O Millo, M Egilmez, J Robinson, M Blamire
Physical Review B 2012, 85 104504

Long-range proximity effect in La2/3Ca1/3MnO3/(100)YBa2Cu3O7-δ ferromagnet/superconductor bilayers: Evidence for induced triplet superconductivity in the ferromagnet
Y Kalcheim, T Kirzhner, G Koren, O Millo
Physical Review B 2011, 83, 064510 (‘editor’s suggestion’)

The artificial neural network revolution has sparked interest in one of the most intriguing phenomena of condensed matter physics: the metal-insulator transition in strongly correlated materials. This fascinating family of materials exhibits a plethora of phases and competing phenomena that can give rise to intrinsic bio-mimetic functionalities such as those of neurons and synapses. Our group tackles the challenges of understanding the most fundamental properties of these materials and harnesses them for developing energy-efficient and scalable neuromorphic devices and networks.

Specific research directions:

  • Energy-efficient neuromorphic computation based on Mott insulator hardware: solid-state neurons and synapses and their coupling
  • The interplay between structural, magnetic, and electronic degrees of freedom in strongly correlated materials
  • Resistive switching in transition metal oxides – electrical triggering of insulator-to-metal transitions and oxygen migration
  • Roles of defects in Mott insulators – linking microscopic electronic properties to collective phenomena
  • Dynamic properties of Mott insulators driven out of equilibrium

These topics are explored using a combination of state-of-the-art fabrication and characterization techniques including sputtering, x-ray diffractometry, transport, lithography, muon spin rotation, quantum sensing using NV-centers, and cryogenic optical and scanning probe microscopy.

We are recruiting graduate students for M.Sc., M.A.Sc., Ph.D., and postdoctoral positions for our research projects. Please email ( for details.
Undergraduates who are interested in short-term projects are also welcome to apply.
Preference will be given to applicants with a background in one or more of the following disciplines: Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Electrical Engineering.

We look forward to hearing from you!