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Call for Papers

Symposium CM1—Emergent Material Properties and Phase Transitions Under Pressure

High pressure is an important route for synthesizing materials that cannot be obtained in ambient conditions. The process of new materials discovery applying high pressure can be significantly accelerated as demonstrated in recent research combining state-of-the-art simulation approaches and experimental techniques. With rapid developments in materials prediction algorithms and the explosion of supercomputing capacity, accelerated discovery of new materials based on computational data is attracting much research interest. Progress in this highly interdisciplinary research field is expected to have a long-term impact in materials, applications and devices.

Different theoretical approaches have been shown to be effective in the search for materials with emergent properties, while most of the algorithms are still under rapid developments. One session of the proposed symposium will be dedicated to the developments and applications of theoretical methods for predicting phase transitions and the related properties of materials under pressure, motivating a discussion towards more efficient algorithms.

One or two sessions of the proposed symposium will be dedicated to the experimental synthesis and characterizations of superconductors, topological insulators and two-dimensional materials under extreme strains. Invited speakers will deliver presentations from fundamental method developments to engineering applications, boosting the synergy between simulation and experiment for accelerated new materials discovery.

Topics will include:

  • Topological insulators
  • Phase transition and melting
  • Superconductivity
  • Superhard materials
  • Theoretical methods for crystal structure prediction
  • Two-dimensional materials
  • Carbon materials
  • Molecular crystal and intermolecular interactions
  • Glass and amorphous materials
  • Synchrotron and neutron techniques

Invited Speakers:

  • R. Ahuja (Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • D. Akinwande (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • D. Alfe (University College London, United Kingdom)
  • M. Asta (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • X. Q. Chen (Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • N. Dubrovinskaia (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
  • L. Dubrovinsky (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
  • P. T. C. Freire (Federal University of Ceará, Brazil)
  • D. Haskel (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • D. W. He (Sichuan University, China)
  • S. Ishiwata (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • C. Q. Jin (Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • A. R. Oganov (Stony Brook University, USA)
  • A. Singh (Materials Research Center, Indian Institute of Science, India)
  • T. Taniguchi (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)
  • Y. Wang (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • C. S. Yoo (Washington State University, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Yue Chen
The University of Hong Kong
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hong Kong
852-2859-7095, yuechen@hku.hk

Thomas Hammerschmidt
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation
Germany

Alexey Kolmogorov
Binghamton University
Department of Physics
USA

Kuo Li
Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research
China
86-10-56981734, likuo@hpstar.ac.cn

Jung-Fu Lin
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Geological Sciences
USA
512-471-8054, afu@jsg.utexas.edu