Quantum Materials Synthesis: Design and Discovery

Quantum Materials Synthesis – Design and Discovery

Faculty: Pallab K. Bhattacharya (EECS), Roy Clarke (Physics), Rachel S. Goldman (MSE, Physics), Theodore Goodson (Chemistry), John T. Heron (MSE), Manos Kioupakis (MSE), Zetian Mi (EECS), Joanna M. Millunchick (MSE), Ferdinand Poudeu (MSE), Liang Qi (MSE), Ctirad Uher (Physics), Steven M. Yalisove (MSE)

Summary (Prepared by Rachel S. Goldman)

Michigan has extensive expertise in atom-scale synthesis, and structural and chemical characterization of quantum materials.  Our expertise ranges from bulk to thin films to nanostructures, spans vastly different chemistries, and encompasses more than ten faculty from across the Michigan campuses.   For example, the Michigan team has a long history of design-to-order quantum materials including high mobility III-V quantum structures, III-N quantum-dots-in-nanowires for single photon emission, bulk ferromagnetic semiconductors, and multiferroic heterostructures.  Our discoveries in surface reconstruction driven doping and solute incorporation have led to the generation of novel topological materials by design including tetradymite and bismuthide semiconductors. 

Building upon Michigan’s excellence in materials synthesis and characterization, we are prepared to meet the challenges for the next generation of quantum materials and technologies: coherent control of wave-function amplitudes and phases.  In conjunction with computational and statistical expertise, Michigan is ideally positioned to lead the accelerated design and discovery of quantum phenomena including enhanced electron correlations and/or spin-orbit coupling, especially in semiconductors that are easily integrated with functional materials for quantum device applications. The Michigan team is leveraging its expertise and leadership in epitaxy to stabilize metastable phases with novel symmetries and ground states, and designing artificial interfaces to break critical symmetries, in order to promote interactions that lead to emergent quantum phenomena.  In all cases, the Michigan facilities and expertise in nanoscale structural and chemical characterization will enable detailed feedback and optimization of the next generation of quantum materials.