C. Morais Smith is a worldwide recognised researcher working on the theory of strongly-correlated systems. She was awarded the Winter 2019 Emmy Noether Distinction of the European Physical Society, “for her outstanding contributions to the theory of condensed matter systems and ultracold atoms to unveil novel quantum states of matter" and the 2016 Dresselhaus Prize CUI Hamburg University, Senior scientist, “for her outstanding contribution to the understanding of topological phases in two-dimensional atomic and electronic systems”. Her research interests range from condensed-matter [1-11] to cold-atom systems [12-16]. In collaboration with experimental colleagues, her group has pioneered the realization of quantum fractals [1] and higher-order topological states [2] in electronic quantum simulators. Her group has also set the basis for a thermodynamic description of topological insulators and superconductors [8] and actively contributed to the development of a projected quantum electrodynamics (CQED and Pseudo QED) formulation to investigate topological phases driven by interactions [5,10]. The research done in her group spans a large variety of techniques, from tight-binding models, muffin-tin, to quantum field theory, renormalization group, Schwinger-Dyson, and Chern-Simons theory.  

Prof. C. Morais Smith has supervised 24 Bachelor theses (2 in progress), 43 Master theses (5 in progress), 23 PhD theses (7 in progress), and 16 post-docs. Among her PhD students and postdocs, 12 have obtained permanent positions in Academia around the world (France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Brazil, China). She has been teaching an enormous variety of courses during the last decades, and was selected sometimes as finalist (3rd or 2nd) for the Lecturer of the Year at Utrecht University. She has published more than 130 papers, of which 7 in Nature journals (2 Nature Physics, 1 Nature Materials, 2 Nature Communications, 2 Nature Scientific Reports), 3 PRX, 10 PRL, 2 2D Materials, and several in PRA, PRB, PRD, PRE. Her h-index is 31 and her i10-index is 85. She was invited to give more than 300 talks (conferences and colloquia) in 18 different countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. Among them, she gave talks in Brussels (Solvay Colloquium), Oxford and Cambridge (UK), ETH Zurich (CH), Harvard (USA), Princeton (USA), Santa Barbara (USA), Aspen (USA), Urbana-Champaign (USA), ENS (Paris and Lyon, F), Tsukuba (J) Kyoto (J), La Sapienza-Rome (I), MPI (Dresden and Stuttgart, D), KITPC and Tsinghua University Beijing (PRC), Rio de Janeiro (BR), Vienna (A), Stockholm (S), Kopenhagen (DE), Leiden (Ehrenfestii colloquium, NL), and Veldhoven (plenary talk FOM meeting, NL). She has organized 43 (small and large) conferences or colloquia and participated on several outreach activities in museums, art galleries, cinemas, Embassies, etc.


• 2019 Emmy Noether Distinction of the European Physical Society.

• Invited member of the International Advisory Council (since 2018) and Fellow (since 2019) of the T. D. Lee Institute in Shanghai Jiao-Tong University, China. 

• 2016 Dresselhaus Prize, Hamburg University CUI Senior scientist Prize, Germany. 

• High-end Foreigner Expert (HEFE) Visiting Professor in China (Wilczek Quantum Center) in 2015 and 2016, awarded by Chinese government.

Special Visiting Professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Sciences without Borders, CNPq) 2013-2016, awarded by the Brazilian government. 

• Invited member of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for Research Fellowships and Prizes, Germany, since 2014. 

VICI award 2007 (the Netherlands).

Prof. Boursier 2001 (Swiss National Foundation), Switzerland, equivalent VIDI.



1. S. N. Kempkes, M. R. Slot, S. E. Freeney, S. J. M. Zevenhuizen, D. Vanmaekelbergh, I. Swart and C. Morais Smith, Nature Physics 15, 127 (2019). 

2. S.N. Kempkes, M.R. Slot, J.J. vd Broeke, P. Capiod, W.A. Benalcazar, D. Vanmaekelbergh, D. Bercioux, I. Swart, 

and C. Morais Smith, Nature Materials 18, 1292 (2019).

3. M. R. Slot et al., Phys. Rev. X 9, 011009 (2019).


4. T. Kvorning, T. H. Hansson, A. Quelle, and C. Morais Smith, Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 217002 (2018), Editor choice.

5. E. C. Marino, Leandro O. Nascimento, Van Sérgio Alves, N. Menezes and C. Morais Smith, 2D Materials 5, 041006 (2018). 

6. M. R. Slot, T. S. Gardenier, P. H. Jacobse, G. C. P. van Miert, S. N. Kempkes, S. J. M. Zevenhuizen, C. Morais Smith, D. Vanmaekelbergh, and I. Swart, Nature Physics 13, 672 (2017). 

7. G. van Miert, C. Ortix, and C. Morais Smith, 2D Materials 4, 015023 (2017). 

8. S. N. Kempkes, A. Quelle, C. Morais Smith, Nature Sci. Rep. 6, 38530 (2016). 

9. W. Beugeling, E. Kalesaki, C. Delerue, Y.-M. Niquet, D. Vanmaekelbergh, and C. Morais Smith, Nature Communications 6, 6316 (2015). 

10. E. C. Marino, L. O. Nascimento, V. S. Alves, and C. Morais Smith, Phys. Rev. X 5, 011040 (2015). 

11. E. Kalesaki, C. Delerue, C. Morais Smith, W. Beugeling, G. Allan, and D. Vanmaekelbergh, Phys. Rev. X 4, 011010 (2014). Featured at FOM and UU websites.


12. M. Di Liberto, A. Hemmerich, and C. Morais Smith, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 163001 (2016). 

13. M. Di Liberto, T. Comparing, T. Kock, M. Oelschlaeger, A. Hemmerich, and C. Morais Smith, Nature Communications 5, 5735 (2014).

14. M. Olschlager, T. Kock, G. Wirth, A. Ewerbeck, C. Morais Smith, and A. Hemmerich, New Journal of Physics 15, 083041 (2013). 

15. Lih-King Lim, C. Morais Smith, and A. Hemmerich, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 130402 (2008).

16. A. Hemmerich and C. Morais Smith, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 113002 (2007).