Quantum Materials and Applications

The materials science and engineering field is rapidly changing to address societal and industrial needs. One particularly exciting area identified by the president of the United States and the White House is Quantum Technology enabled by Quantum materials. Quantum materials are a new-class of material systems that are much different from traditional material examples such as silicon, glass, metals, or alloys. These quantum materials have special atomic arrangements, crystal structures, and more important quantum functionalities. They are making an impact in energy conversion, energy storage, clean energy, information technologies, and many others. Thus, the material science and engineering discipline is changing with these top-level initiatives.

International acclaim. Our team is one of the leaders in quantum materials discoveries in the world. Our team has been recognized both domestically and internationally with prestigious awards including Highly cited researcher awards in 2019 and 2020, the presidential PECASE award, Ten Outstanding Young Person award, Jewish National Funds Awards, and many others. Recognized top 10 in the world by citations (Google Scholar). Our research team is funded by millions of dollars budget by the federal government agencies such as National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DOE), Army Research Office (ARO), as well as industry such as Intel, Applied Materials, and others.

Research angle. Our research group is an interdisciplinary team focusing on the synthesis and fundamental understanding of new-class of quantum materials. We aim to synthesize high-quality quantum materials in bulk crystal or 2D monolayer form using cutting-edge growth techniques such as  Bridgman growth, chemical vapor transport, molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), chemical vapor deposition (CVD), and pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Examples to these quantum materials include excitonic semiconductors, Skyrmionic materials, 2D magnets, Weyl fermions, and superconductors. We use cutting edge characterization techniques to understand these new materials and find ways to transition them to meaningful applications.

All our group members come from diverse backgrounds and departments such as Materials Science & Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. We work in a safe, inclusive, and creative environment, and we love what we do!! Many government agencies recognize our creativity, dedication, and love and actively support our research.