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The Rise of Quantum Materials and Synthesis By Design

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Tuesday March 10, 2020
9:45 – 10:45AM ~ Ferris Hall 502
Please join us for refreshments at 9:40

"The Rise of Quantum Materials and Synthesis By Design"

Speaker: Dr. Tyrel McQueen, Professor of Chemistry & Physics
Johns Hopkins University-Baltimore, MD

Materials by design is the rational prediction and creation of functional materials with defined properties. Its goal is to meet current and future societal needs for better or more complex materials, from biocompatible materials in medicine to lightweight alloys for space applications and energy generation, storage, and transport. Unfortunately, the chemistry underlying modern materials science and engineering has lagged other sub-fields in an extremely critical area: the ability to selectively make and break bonds in the solid state. This is due to limited synthetic methodology and method development. True materials by design cannot be achieved until reliable synthetic capabilities are developed that can actually produce the specified materials. In this talk, I will highlight the progress being made in such synthesis by design, with a particular focus on quantum materials – a class of material in which quantum phenomena not only underlie but are ‘writ large’ across macroscopic materials. Examples will range from utilizing materials discovery to test theories of the high photovoltaic performance of halide perovskites, to the development of exfoliatable quantum magnets that reveal new phenomenology as a consequence of the dimensional reduction. Efforts to build and maintain US leadership in the area of new materials discovery and synthesis – particularly via the JHU Institute for Quantum Matter and PARADIM, the Platform for Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials (PARADIM), an NSF-MIP National User Facility, and opportunities for use of these capabilities by the community, will also be presented.

Tyrel McQueen is a professor of chemistry, physics and astronomy, and materials science and engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, and director of the PARADIM Bulk Materials Facility. McQueen is the recipient of numerous awards including the Packard Science and Engineering and Sloan Research Fellowships. His research focuses on the synthesis, discovery [1], and analysis of new quantum materials, with a vision of their current and future utility.

Faculty Host: Dr. Bin Hu

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 9:45am to 10:45am

Ferris Hall, 502
1508 Middle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996

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