Frontiers in research of emergent materials

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

Abstract

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.

Publications

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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, visits of
international leading researchers to enhanced our research and developing new quantum materials.
Exploitation Route Generate new collaborations, new directions, future funding (Oxford Quantum Materials Platform Grant), interaction with industry (Oxford Centre for Applied Superconductivity).
Sectors Chemicals,Education,Electronics,Energy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Other

URL https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/research/quantum-materials/group-activities/oxford-symposium-on-quantum-materials
 
Description An annual interdisciplinary forum to bring together physicists, chemists, materials scientists and theoreticians in and around Oxford to advance the science and promote direct collaboration between groups interested in novel quantum materials and phenomena. The Oxford Symposium on Quantum Materials is a new annual interdisciplinary forum to bring together physicists, chemists, materials scientists and theoreticians in and around Oxford to advance the science and promote direct collaboration between groups interested in novel quantum materials and phenomena. It has resulted in new collaborations and interactions between among the participants. . 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.
Sector Education,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
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 Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2020
 
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