27 October 2014

Electronic Liquid Crystals


A major development in condensed matter physics over the past twenty years has been the study of collective electronic states that organise into symmetry-lowered configurations similar to those seen in liquid crystals. Empirically, these are often seen in the vicinity of unconventional superconductivity, further heightening interest in the topic.

10 March 2014

A Chance to Grow: Design, Discovery, Growth and Characterization of Novel Compounds


The design, discovery, characterization and control of novel materials is perhaps the most important research area for humanity as it moves into the 21rst century. A myriad of societal problems concerning energy, clean water and air, and medicine all need to be solved by the discovery of new compounds with dramatically improved, or even new, properties.