Ilana Michele Percher, Ph.D.

Minneapolis, MN
(312) 502-1077


Device Fabrication and Characterization: photo- and electron-beam lithography, wet and plasma etching, sputter deposition, thermal and electron-beam evaporation, mechanical thinning, AFM, SEM, Acoustic Micro-imaging

Cryogenic Systems: Oxford Kelvinox 25 Dilution Refrigerator, Quantum Design PPMS, high-vacuum systems, superconducting magnets, quench-deposition of films

Experimental design and measurement: AC and DC resistance measurement, resistance noise (PSD)

Analysis & Other Software: Origin, LabView, AutoCad, Mathematica, Gwyddion, MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite


Ph.D. Physics

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN  |  July 2018

Thesis: 2D Mott Hopping of Vortices in an Amorphous Indium Oxide Film

Advisor: Dr. Allen Goldman

B.A. Physics Major, Studio Art Minor

Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH  |  May 2004

Research Experience

Post-Doctoral Researcher

University of Minnesota, School of Physics and Astronomy, Minneapolis, MN  | 

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Minnesota, School of Physics and Astronomy, Minneapolis, MN  | 

SULI Intern and Research Assistant

Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL
  |  2004-2005

Research Assistant

Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH  |  2001-2003

Additional Experience

Teaching Assistant

University of Minnesota, School of Physics and Astronomy, Minneapolis, MN
  |  2009-2013

After-School Science Instructor

Children’s Home and Aid, Lowell Elementary School, Chicago, IL  |  2008-2009

Telephone Fundraiser

SD&A, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Annual Fund Campaign, Chicago, IL
  |  2007-2009

Applications Engineer

Sonoscan, Inc., Elk Grove Village, IL  |  2005-2006

Music Director

Oberlin College Community Radio, WOBC 91.5FM, Oberlin, OH  |  2002-2004


N. A. Lewellyn, I. M. Percher, J. Nelson, J. Garcia-Barriocanal, I. Volotsenko, A. Frydman, T. Vojta, A. M. Goldman. Infinite-Randomness Fixed Point of the Quantum Superconductor-Metal Transitions in Amorphous Thin Films. Phys. Rev. B 99, 054515 (2019).

I. M. Percher, I. Volotsenko, A. Frydman, B. I. Shklovskii, A. M. Goldman. Vortex Variable Range Hopping in a Conventional Superconducting Film. Phys. Rev. B 96, 224511 (2017).


APS March Meeting, Vortex Variable Range Hopping in a Conventional Superconducting Film, Session A31: Superconductivity: Vortex Phases and Dynamics. Los Angeles, 2018

APS March Meeting, Griffiths Effects in the Quantum Phase Transition of an Indium Oxide Film, Session V25: Superconductivity: Superconductor-Insulator Transitions. Baltimore, 2016

Condensed Matter Sack Lunch Seminar, Using Dissipation to Tune Superconductivity in Ultra-Thin Films, University of Minnesota, 2014

Northern Spark, Some River Waves Physics, Mississippi Megalops Floating Chautauqua. St. Paul, MN, 2011

Art Shanty Projects, So You Think You Know Ice?, Warming Shanty. Plymouth, MN, 2007

Groups & Associations

Member of Board of Directors

Art Shanty Projects, Minneapolis, MN  |  2016-present


American Physical Society  |  2012-present


City Art Collaboratory, Public Art St. Paul, St. Paul, MN  |  2012-2013

Board Member and Coordinator

Women in Physics & Astronomy (WiPA), UMN, Minneapolis, MN  |  2009-2015

Awards & Certifications

Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer


Outstanding TA Award

Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, MN  |  2012

The Soft Shop, Art Shanty Project Grant

Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN  |  2007

Acoustic Micro Imaging Expert

Sonoscan Inc., Elk Grove Village, IL  |  2006