The field of quantum materials is a rapidly evolving research field that includes the design, synthesis and characterization of an exciting new class of materials with novel quantum properties. Quantum materials have the potential to offer functionalities previously unknown to society such as topological conduction, exotic types of magnetism and manipulation of quantum information (spin). The field of quantum materials is positioned to revolutionize the next-generation of applications by using and engineering these unique quantum effects. Can we make completely new types of materials with properties that we have never encountered before? Can we build the building blocks of new-generation quantum computers? Can we make quantum ultra-sensitive sensors for bio-detection, gas detection, or molecule detection? Can we manipulate photons at the quantum level to make quantum cryptology devices? The quantum materials field is actively searching for the answers to these burning questions. Our team has three main trusts to address these questions and challenges;
1. The Discovery, Synthesis, and Nano-manufacturing of Quantum Materials
In this trust, we engage one of a kind material growth and synthesis techniques to grow atomically thin materials in impressive wafer-scale sizes. We try to understand how these nanoscale materials grow and try to control their crystallinity as well as defect profile for targeted applications.
2. The Fundamental Understanding of Low-Dimensional Quantum Materials
We use state-of-the-art characterization methods to understand optical, electronic, magnetic, mechanical, and chemical properties of promising or up-and-coming material systems such as 2D quantum materials, 2D materials, perovskite materials, 2D polymers, and 2D metal-organic-frameworks. We utilize microscopy (AFM, STM, TEM, STEM, MFM), spectroscopy (ultrafast, PL, Raman, absorption, UV-VIS, FTIR, SNOM), electrical (PPMS, MPMS, electrochemical station), high-pressure diamond anvil cells, catalysis, and many other methods to shed light to their exciting properties
3. Quantum Applications Based on Quantum Materials
Using 2D materials, Moire heterostructures, and other nanomaterials, we are pushing the electronic, metamaterial, and photonic devices towards the ultimate limit of single unit cell to create multi-functional, flexible, environmentally stable, and highly efficient devices. Some of the examples include quantum cryptology, quantum emitters, and photonic devices.
So far, our work has made a broad impact in applied and fundamental sciences and has been widely covered by the popular media sources such as Scientific American, Nature Publications, MIT news, Institute of Physics, Phys.Org, Technology, Gizmag and various other news outlets.