Daniel Kaplan’s PhD in theoretical Condensed Matter Physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science used condensed matter theory to inform his research into the nonlinear response of topological materials.
For his postdoc at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where he is an Abrahams Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, he applies these ideas to first-principle studies of topological materials, ferroelectrics, strongly correlated electronic systems, and twisted van der Waals heterostructures.
Dr. Kaplan uses computational solutions to address real-world problems of materials and their applications, specifically, finding new ways to use ultraclean, tunable, and magnetic material systems in future electronic devices.
At Weizmann, Dr. Kaplan was active in the Sustainability and Energy Research Initiative (SAERI), which promoted the idea of combining scientific work with environmentalism. He helped with a campaign to install solar heaters for generating hot water and to end the use of environmentally harmful disposable utensils.
Dr. Kaplan has served as an engineer and consultant for Project Helios, a startup that works with the Beresheet 2 mission. For the project, he designed a reactor that extracts oxygen from the lunar surface.