Craig D. Roberts
International Distinguished Prof. & Head
Phone: +86 19825048130


Prof. Craig Roberts joined the faculty of the School of Physics at Nanjing University in September 2019, where he is also Head of the Institute for Nonperturbative Physics.


He received his PhD in theoretical physics from the Flinders University of South Australia in 1988. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, he joined the Theory Group in the Physics Division at Argonne National Laboratory in 1989, first as a postdoctoral fellow, then a staff member; and from 2001-2017, he was Leader of the Theory Group. In the history of Argonne, he is the youngest person appointed to this position and served the laboratory longest in this role.


Prof. Roberts has held numerous visiting and joint appointments at research centres and universities worldwide, and amongst other recognitions: he was elected to APS Fellowship in 2001; won the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2003; was awarded the Flinders University Convocation Medal in 2009; selected as an International Fellow of Germany’s Helmholtz Association in 2012; awarded the University of Chicago/Argonne LLC Board of Governors Distinguished Performance Award in 2014; was honored by the Chinese Ministry of Education as an International Distinguished Professor in 2015; was selected into the Jiangsu Province 100 Talents Plan for Professionals in 2018; and was selected into the National High-level Talents Plan for Professionals in 2019.


Prof. Roberts conducts a broad-ranging research program in modern nuclear and particle theory, pursuing the development and refinement of novel theoretical approaches to hadro-particle physics and strong-coupling quantum field theory. He is the world’s leading practitioner of nonperturbative continuum methods in quantum chromodynamics (QCD), which is thought to describe strong interactions within the Standard Model of Particle Physics. A natural framework for such analyses is provided by the Dyson-Schwinger equations (DSEs), which may be described as QCD's equations of motion. Prof. Roberts has changed the DSE technique from a formal theoretical approach into a quantitative tool, providing deep insights into hadron structure, and strong links and convergence with other non-perturbative techniques, including numerical simulations of the lattice-formulated theory. This achievement is a transformational development: hadro-particle physics now has a powerful predictive tool to guide and inspire programmes at contemporary and future facilities.


As of December 2022, Prof. Roberts had published 255 articles in peer-reviewed journals with over 20,800 citations, including:

2 articles in “Reviews of Modern Physics” (IF=54.494, only 23 people in the World have published 2 RMP in past decade);

6 in “Progress in Particle and Nuclear Physics” (IF=16.281, only 5 people in the World have published 3 PPNP in past decade. His first four rank as some of the most cited articles in the journal’s forty-three-year history: 2nd, 9th, 69th, 110nd, while the two new contributions are the 1st (NJU news link) and 2nd  (NJU news link) publication by a NJU scholar. );

and 13 in “Physical Review Letters” (IF=9.161, the most recent one (NJU news link) is the 2nd on theoretical particle physics in the NJU history, and the only one in the last two decades).

His publications are high-impact: 58 articles have more-than 100 citations, amongst which 3 have more than 300 citations, 3 more than 500 and 1, more than 1000. Moreover, his seminal review of the DSE technique is the top-cited article in hadro-particle theory by an Australian-born scientist. In addition, Prof. Roberts has delivered over 400 colloquia, seminars, and lectures at research centres worldwide, including more than 160 invited presentations at conferences and workshops; and been a featured lecturer at 26 international graduate schools.





2019-Present: International Distinguished Professor and Head: Institute for Nonperturbative Physics at Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

2006-2019:     Senior Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL, USA

1 May 2001 - 10 Feb. 2017: Group Leader, Theory, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL, USA

1996-2006:    Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL, USA

1991-96:        Assistant Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL, USA

1989-91:        Research Associate, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL, USA

1987-89:        Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

1988 (10 May): Ph.D., Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia