Prof. Robert Kiefl was awarded the 2017 Yamazaki prize at the µSR2017 conference in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan for his excellence in applications of the µSR and B-NMR techniques, his significant contributions to an eclectic range of topics within condensed matter physics and materials science and for building up excellent muon facilities at TRIUMF with his team.
Dr. Rob Kiefl is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia (UBC), member of the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) at UBC and an affiliate Scientist at TRIUMF. He received the prize for his development and use of μSR and also beta-detected nuclear magnetic resonance (b-NMR) in the area of condensed matter physics. His contributions to the field have had a significant impact on a wide range of topics, including muonium in semiconductors, exotic superconductors and magnets and most recently developments in b-NMR at TRIUMF for use in studying electronic and magnetic properties of thin films and interfaces.