New Frontiers in Quantum Materials Research

Oct. 3 - Oct. 4, 2019


New Frontiers in Quantum Materials Research

Quantum Matter Institute, University of British Columbia, Vancouver





Rationale and Scope:

In modern condensed matter physics, quantum materials research encompasses a broad range of studies in strongly correlated systems with the aim of discovering new quantum states of matter and elucidating the quantum physics underlying the rich phenomena occurring within these systems. Quantum materials research brings together scientists working collaboratively on a variety of interdisciplinary problems in fields as diverse as chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering.

This workshop brings together researchers from the University of British Columbia’s (UBC’s) Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (QMI) and Rice University’s Center for Quantum Materials – both recognized for their world-leading excellence in quantum materials research –to explore opportunities for synergistic research collaborations with a focus on: 

  • Unconventional Superconductivity
  • Quantum Criticality and Novel Phases
  • Topological Matter
  • Low Dimensional Systems
  • Quantum Coherence and Dynamics 

Dates:  October 3-4, 2019

Location: QMI, UBC, Vancouver

Invited Speakers:

Pulickel Ajayan (Rice University)

Meigan Aronson (University of British Columbia)

Mona Berciu (University of British Columbia)

Doug Bonn (University of British Columbia)

Pengcheng Dai (Rice University)

Andrea Damascelli (University of British Columbia)

Rui-Rui Du (Rice University)

Sarah Grefe (Rice University)

Randy Hulet (Rice University)

Andriy Nevidomskyy (Rice University)

Alireza Nojeh (University of British Columbia)

George Sawatzky (University of British Columbia)

Qimiao Si (Rice University)

Boris Yakobson/Alex Kutana (Rice University)

Ziliang Ye (University of British Columbia)

Ming Yi (Rice University)

Hanyu Zhu (Rice University)

Ke Zou (University of British Columbia)



The 2-day workshop will start at 10am on Thursday, October 3, and conclude by 3pm on Friday, October 4. It will incorporate 30min invited speaker slots and time for open discussions. To facilitate the exploration of potential collaborations, speakers will start their presentations by briefly summarizing their group’s research activities before delivering a detailed presentation on one of the topics listed above.



Andrea Damascelli (UBC)            

Qimiao Si (Rice University)          


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


For logistics questions, please contact:

Kassandra Darbel (UBC)             

Ginny Whitaker (Rice University)  







9:45 – 10:00 am

Light refreshments

10:00 – 11:00 am

Andrea Damascelli / Qimiao Si

Welcome and Introduction

11:00 -11:30 am

Josh Folk

Entropy measurements as a probe of mesoscopic quantum systems

11:30 – 12:00 pm

Ming Yi

ARPES of Iron-based Superconductors and beyond

12:00 – 12:45 pm


12:45 – 1:15 pm

Mona Berciu

From magnon-mediated attraction to light polarons and bipolarons at strong couplings

1:15 – 1:45 pm

Pulickel Ajayan (via Skype)

2D materials

1:45 – 2:15 pm

Randy Hulet

S and P Wave Fermions in One-Dimension

2:15 – 2:45 pm

Alireza Nojeh

Carbon nanotubes at high temperature

2:45 – 3:00 pm

Light refreshments

3:00 – 3:30 pm

George Sawatzky

The electronic structure of the new infinite-layer hole-doped NdNiO2

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Alex Kutana

Theory of 2D materials, from synthesis to property

4:00 – 4:30 pm

Ziliang Ye

Optical control and nearfield spectroscopy of 2D semiconductors

4:30 – 5:00 pm


Open discussion – research opportunities, potential collaborations

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Andrea Damascelli / Sarah Burke

Lab Tour

6:30 – 7:00 pm

Transportation to Restaurant (6:30 pick up at SBQMI, 6:40 pick up at Hotel)

7:00 pm

Dinner Reservation – Location TBC





8:15 – 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 am

Meigan Aronson

Towards Metallic Quantum Spin Liquids

9:00 – 9:30 am

Rui-Rui Du

Topology, Interaction, and Disorder in Electron-Hole Double Layers

9:30 – 10:00 am

Sarah Grefe

Weyl-Kondo Semimetals

10:00 – 10:15 am

Coffee Break

10:15 – 10:45 am

Ke Zou

Replica bands in FeSe monolayer on SrTiO3 superconductors

10:45 – 11:15 am

Qimiao Si

Iron-based superconductivity: electronic orders and their fluctuations

11:15 – 11:45 am

Doug Bonn

Microwave spectroscopy and long-lived quasiparticles in FeSe and WP2

11:45 -12:30 pm


12:30 – 1:00 pm

Pengcheng Dai

Using neutron as a probe to study correlated electron materials

1:00 – 1:30 pm

Alannah Hallas

High Pressure Synthesis of New Quantum Materials

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Andrea Damascelli

Quantum materials in the time domain

2:00 – 2:30 pm

Andriy Nevidomskyy

Spontaneous breaking of lattice symmetry in a novel spin-1 quantum spin liquid

2:30 – 3:00 pm


Open discussion – research opportunities, potential collaborations

3:00 pm

Event Concludes