Our Research

High Temperature Superconductivity: develop, design, exploratory synthesis and characterize new superconductors with preferably higher Tc or Jc; Synthesis bulk and high quality of single crystals of different types of superconductors, including but not limited to cuprates, Fe pnictides/chalcogenides,heavy fermion, intermetallic, and intercalated supercondcutors, and investigate their detailed magnetic and thermodynamic transport properties at low temperature and magnetic field under both ambient and high pressure conditions ;

Topological Insulators and Topological Superconductors: synthesis high quality of single crystals topological materials including topological insulators, and Dirac/Weyl semimetals, and carry out detailed transport studies under low temperature/high magnetic field at ambient or high pressure conditions; Closely working together with theorists, exploratory synthesis new topological materials, and materials with signature of topological superconductivity;

Thermoelectric, Ultrahigh Thermal Conducting Materials with Energy Applications: Materials synthesis, quality crystal growth, and physics studies of the novel materials with high figure of merit, and ultrahigh thermal conductivity. Current focus are experimental studies of boron-related BAs and BP with zinc blende structures that theoretically predicted to have ultrahigh thermal conductivity comparable with diamond.

Design and Discovery of New Materials with Interesting/Enhanced Physical Properties: Intentional materials design and exlorative synthesis and characterization new materials with interesting and enhanced electronic, magnetic optical, and catalytic properties;.

Structure and Properties Relationship for Complex Strongly Correlated Electron Systems: fundamental understanding of the emergent magnetic and electronic order in the strongly corrected electron materials, with particular interest in spin-density-wave (SDW),charge-density-wave (CDW), magnetic instability, multiferroics, non-Fermi liquid, and quantum criticality;

Large Single Crystal Growth for Physical Characterization of Novel Materials: Grown large and high quality of single crystal through flux method (metal flux, molten salts flux, intermetallic flux, or oxide flux), vapor transport method, solution growth method and floating zone techniques; optimize the synthetic methods and parameters of different kinds for sizeable single crystals for physical studies; Particularly interested in growing large size crystals of alkali, alkaline earth-based air-sensitive materials.

Developing Synthetic Routes to Novel Functional Materials: Develop new synthetic routes such as reactions in molten salts and ionic liquids, hydrothermal, thermal decomposition, and intercalation reactions for new functional materials exploration with designed functionality. .

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