2021 MRS Spring Meeting

Symposium Sessions


  • Broader Impact (BI)
  • Characterization and Modeling (CT)
  • Electronics and Optics (EL)
  • Energy and Sustainability (EN)
  • Nanoscale and Quantum Materials (NM)
  • Soft Materials and Biomaterials (SM)
  • Structural Materials (ST)

Symposium NM01—Superconductors as Quantum Materials

This symposium will broadly cover research frontiers on superconductors as quantum materials including efforts on raising the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) and the understanding of superconducting pairing mechanisms. The first part of the symposium will focus on emerging systems that include nickelate thin films, twisted bilayer graphene, Weyl semimetals, and 2D chalcogenides. Discussions of synthesis and fabrication approach to discover new superconductors and to improve the characteristic superconducting properties (Tc, Jc, Hc, etc.) are encouraged. The second part will be devoted to intrinsic and engineered topological superconductors (TSCs). The synthesis, experimental properties, and implementation of TSCs in quantum devices will be discussed. The third part will be dedicated to recent breakthroughs on raising Tc using the following approaches: physical pressure, interfacial coupling, advanced doping, and excitation out-of-equilibrium. The fourth part will cover the understanding of pairing mechanisms and recent predictions for new superconducting materials. Developments in novel computational tools from first-principles calculations to the recent emerging application of machine learning will be presented and discussed. The recent exciting progress in superconductivity Tc enhancement, topological superconductivity, and its applications in quantum information offer remarkable momentum to kick off this symposium. The work presented and discussed will guide future searches for novel superconductors and related materials, to advance both fundamental research and applications in quantum science and technologies.

Topics will include:

  • Novel superconductors
  • Emerging cuprate-analog: Nickelate
  • Intrinsic topological superconductors
  • Topological superconducting heterostructures
  • Tuning superconductivity by high pressure, field-effect gating, and other methods
  • Near room temperature superconductivity in superhydrides
  • Interface and monolayer superconductors
  • Twistronics for superconductivity
  • Band structure calculations and numerical simulations
  • Predictions for novel superconductors
  • STM and local spectroscopies
  • Optical, THz, photoemission spectroscopies and NMR
  • Quantum applications of unconventional superconductors

Invited Speakers:

  • Xianhui Chen (University of Science and Technology of China, China)
  • Ching-Wu Chu (University of Houston, USA)
  • David Cobden (University of Washington, USA)
  • Clarina Cruz (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Hong Ding (Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Laura Greene (Florida State University, USA)
  • Genda Gu (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)
  • Sophie Gueron (Université Paris-Saclay, France)
  • Russell Hemley (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
  • Yi-Ting Hsu (University of Notre Dame, USA)
  • Harold Hwang (Stanford University, USA)
  • Wai-Kwong Kwok (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • David Larbalestier (Florida State University, USA)
  • Kam-Tuen Law (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China)
  • Qiang Li (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)
  • Yufan Li (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Yanming Ma (Jilin University, China)
  • Guoxing Miao (University of Waterloo, Canada)
  • Akira Ohtomo (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
  • Liling Sun (Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Maw-Kuen Wu (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
  • Qikun Xue (Tsinghua University, China)
  • Ming Yi (Rice University, USA)
  • Yuanbo Zhang (Fudan University, China)
  • Igor Zutic (University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Liangzi Deng
<p>University of Houston</p>

Badih Assaf
University of Notre Dame

Danfeng Li
City University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Peng Wei
University of California, Riverside

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