Frontiers in research of emergent materials

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Oxford Physics


This proposal aims to facilitate effective interaction between a range of scientists including experimental and theoretical physicists, chemists and material scientists to identify the organizing principles responsible for the remarkable range of quantum phases observed in strongly correlated electron systems, to predict and explore new avenues for research and discover novel functional materials. Funding is sought for organizing workshops, facilitating exchange visits, setting up a visiting programme for international leading researchers and for seeding projects related to discovery of novel materials.

Planned Impact

While future scientific endeavor is difficult to predict in advance, the discovery of unexpected physics displayed by strongly correlated systems with markedly improved multifunctional properties compared with widely used semiconductors will one day have a dramatic effect on our lives. Emergent phenomena, in which the correlated behavior of many particles leads to collective new properties, are of great significance across a broad range of areas in science. However, the objective is to tailor a material (starting with its chemical composition, constituent phases) in order to obtain a desired set of properties suitable for a given application. Today technological advances are based on semiconductor physics due to their high degree of precise processing. However, if the same can be achieved for strongly correlated materials which have multifunctional and unique properties, such as superconductivity and magnetism. not found in semiconductors, would open up remarkable technological possibilities.


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Description The aim of this proposal was to facilitate the effective interaction between a range of scientists including experimental and theoretical physicists, chemists and material scientists working on quantum phases observed in strongly correlated. This has been achieved by organizing an annual symposium dedicated to quantum materials (Quantum Symposium on Quantum Materials), visits of international leading researchers to enhanced our research, developing new quantum materials and establishing new research collaborations.
Exploitation Route Generate new collaborations, new directions, future funding (Oxford Quantum Materials Platform Grant and Oxford Centre for Applied Superconductivity), interaction with industry via the Oxford Centre for Applied Superconductivity, organization of the international conference Quantum Materials Symposium (2019) (
Sectors Education,Electronics,Energy,Other

Description This funding has enhanced the interdisciplinary interactions between together physicists, chemists, materials scientists and theoreticians in and around Oxford in order to advance the science and promote direct collaboration between groups interested in novel quantum materials and phenomena. The Oxford Symposium on Quantum Materials has become an important annual interdisciplinary forum (~100 participants) and it has also brought to Oxford the international annual symposium, Quantum Materials Symposium 2019. These forums have provided the platform for new collaborations and interactions between among the participants as well as with policy makers, publishers and industry. . Beneficiaries: Academics, researchers and students (80 participants) and has resulted in new interactions and collaborations. Contribution Method: This meeting has provided the necessary ingredients towards collaborations in overlapping research areas with the aim to advance knowledge, train scientists and open up new avene of research by collaboration.
First Year Of Impact 2011
Sector Education,Energy,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

Description Oxford Quantum Materials Platform Grant
Amount £1,736,109 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M020517/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2020
Description ARPES 
Organisation Diamond Light Source
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Performing, analyzing and publishing work together. We provided samples and developed our own software to analyze ARPES data on Fe based superconductors.
Collaborator Contribution Provide technical help and complementary analysis tools.
Impact Beamtime awarded on the Diamond I05 beamline. Training of a PhD student which now is employed by the Diamond Light Source Title: Emergence of the nematic electronic state in FeSe Author(s): Watson, M. D.; Kim, T. K.; Haghighirad, A. A.; et al. Source: Physical Review B Volume: 91 Issue: 15 Published: 2015 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.155106 Title: Suppression of orbital ordering by chemical pressure in FeSe1-xSx Author(s): Watson, M. D.; Kim, T. K.; Haghighirad, A. A.; et al. Source: Physical Review B Volume: 92 Issue: 12 Published: 2015 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.92.121108
Start Year 2014
Description DFT collaboration 
Organisation Goethe University Frankfurt
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution DFT and DMFT calculations
Collaborator Contribution Experimental and computational studies to understand the electronic structure and electronic correlations of FeSe measured using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy.
Impact Formation of Hubbard-like bands as a fingerprint of strong electron-electron interactions in FeSe Matthew D. Watson, Steffen Backes, Amir A. Haghighirad, Moritz Hoesch, Timur K. Kim, Amalia I. Coldea, and Roser Valentí Phys. Rev. B 95, 081106(R) - Published 22 February 2017
Start Year 2011
Description Oxford Quantum Materials 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Quantum Materials
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Oxford Quantum Materials Platform Grant
Collaborator Contribution Oxford Quantum Materials Platform Grant
Impact Oxford Quantum Materials Platform Grant (1,736,109) Physics, Materials, Chemistry Recent relevant publication: Ideal Weyl semimetal induced by magnetic exchange J.-R. Soh, F. de Juan, M. G. Vergniory, N. B. M. Schröter, M. C. Rahn, D. Y. Yan, J. Jiang, M. Bristow, P. Reiss, J. N. Blandy, Y. F. Guo, Y. G. Shi, T. K. Kim, A. McCollam, S. H. Simon, Y. Chen, A. I. Coldea, and A. T. Boothroyd Phys. Rev. B 100, 201102(R) - Published 13 November 2019
Start Year 2013
Description UCLA Collaboration 
Organisation University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Experimental study and provision of materials SrAg4As2
Collaborator Contribution Experimental study and provision of materials SrAg4As2
Impact Significant change in the electronic behavior associated with structural distortions in monocrystalline SrAg4As2 Bing Shen, Eve Emmanouilidou, Xiaoyu Deng, Alix McCollam, Jie Xing, Gabriel Kotliar, Amalia I. Coldea, and Ni Ni Phys. Rev. B 98, 235130 - Published 13 December 2018
Start Year 2016
Description OUTREACH Schools 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talks and demonstrations to primary school children

The children got excited about the science presented. Parents confirmed the children interest in the presented talk and demonstrations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014