Shawna Hollen

Phone: (603) 862-3515
Office: Physics, Demeritt Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Shawna Hollen, assistant professor at UNH since 2015: I love to learn physics, teach physics, and to teach people to love physics. In my research group, we are fascinated by the 2-dimensional world. Why should the electronic and physical properties of 2D materials be so robust? and in other cases, so fragile? Understanding the properties of 2D materials and how they are modified by the environment is crucial to developing new technologies based on their promising characteristics. We seek to understand these interactions and provide insight for emerging 2D material technologies


  • Ph.D., Physics, Brown University
  • M.S., Brown University
  • B.S., Occidental College

Research Interests

  • Condensed Matter
  • Electronic Materials
  • Experimental Physics
  • Layered/Superlattice Materials
  • Materials Sciences
  • Nano-Materials
  • Solid State Physics

Courses Taught

  • PHYS 400: Physics Seminar I
  • PHYS 408: General Physics II Recitation
  • PHYS 701: Quantum Mechanics I
  • PHYS 702: Quantum Mechanics II
  • PHYS 718/818: Condensed Matter Physics
  • PHYS 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Riffle, J. V., Flynn, C., St Laurent, B., Ayotte, C. A., Caputo, C. A., & Hollen, S. M. (2018). Impact of vacancies on electronic properties of black phosphorus probed by STM. JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 123(4). doi:10.1063/1.5016988