Workshop on Frontiers of Quantum Materials


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Rationale and Scope:

Quantum Materials is an emerging field of research that encompasses a broad range of studies in strongly correlated systems and applied materials physics. The breadth of the field calls for interactions among the different sub-communities. This workshop aims to bring together top experts from a variety of areas to highlight the recent achievements in each area, and to provide a forum for cross-talk among the subjects.

The workshop will revolve around the following focus areas in the overarching field of Quantum Materials:

- Unconventional Superconductivity
- Quantum Criticality
- Ultracold Matter
- Low Dimensional Systems
- Energy Materials

Dates: November 4-5, 2016

Location: Rice Unviersity, Houston, Texas U.S.A

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Invited Speakers:

Unconventional Superconductivity:
Frank Steglich (Max Planck, Dresden)
Zhi-Xun Shen (Stanford University)
Gabriel Kotliar (Rutgers University)

Quantum Criticality:
Meigan Aronson (Texas A&M)
Silke Paschen (TU Vienna)
Subir Sachdev (Harvard University)

Ultracold Matter:
Jason Ho (Ohio State)
Kathy Levin (University of Chicago)
Immanuel Bloch (Max Planck, Garching)

Energy Materials:
Hongjie Dai (Stanford University)
Aditya Mohite (Los Alamos)
Pramod Reddy (University of Michigan)

Low Dimensional Systems:
Allan MacDonald (UT Austin)
David Hsieh (Caltech) 
Rong Yu (Rice University)

Broader Aspects:
Gabriel Aeppli (Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland)
Boris Spivak (University of Washington)
Rong Yu (Renmin University)
Giulia Galli (University of Chicago)


Contribuited Speakers:

Zhiqiang Mao



Elihu Abrahams (UCLA)
Pulickel M. Ajayan (Rice University)
Allan H. MacDonald (UT Austin)
Qimiao Si (Rice University)

For questions on the scientific program, please contact one of the organizers.

For accommodation and other logistics questions, please contact Ginny Whitaker 



The workshop will last for two days, incorporating 30min invited speaker slots as well as two poster sessions. The program will start in the morning on Friday, November 4, and conclude by 4:00pm on Saturday, November 5.


Workshop Registration: 

$200 Guest Registration (Students, Postdocs and Faculty outside of Rice University)*

$100 Rice Students & Rice Postdocs

Workshop Registration includes Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Breaks, Poster Sessions and Workshop Banquet.   


Workshop Venue:

BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) Building
Rice University
6500 Main St
Houston, Texas 77030

Driving Directions to the Rice Campus and interactive Houston map showing Rice University.


Visitor Parking

Paid visitor parking is located in a parking garage beneath the BRC. All parking can be accessed by credit card. Use the same credit card to exit at the end of the day. All-day parking costs $11. For additional information go to Parking for Visitors.


Housing Information:

Shared rooms, at about $65/night, will be available. Please indicate your interest during the online registration process.

If you would prefer to make your own housing accomodations please contact the hotels listed below that are close to Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative:

Wyndham Houston – Medical Center Hotel and Suites

6800 Main Street
Houston, TX 77030 USA
Phone: 1-713-528-7744

Hotel Zaza
5701 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005 USA
Phone: 1-713-526-1991 / 888-880-3244 Fax: 1-713-526-0359

Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center
6633 Travis Street
Houston, TX 77030 USA
Phone: 1-713-313-4000 Fax: 1-713-313-4660


Transportation from Hotels

All hotels offer free shuttles that will drop you off at the Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative. Please arrange shuttle service with the hotel well in advance of when you need it.


Limo and Cab Service

Limo Service

Merlo’s Limousines & Charters
Phone: 866-367-5466

Taxi Service

Yellow Cab 713-236-1111
Fiesta Cab713-225-2666
United Cab 713-699-0000

Uber also operates in Houston. 


Special thanks to our event sponsors:

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Fri, Nov. 4 - Sat, Nov. 5, 2016


Rice University
United States