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MSE Seminar: “Materials Growth and Discovery for Magnetic and Quantum Applications”
September 22, 2022 at 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
For functional materials that are in a nascent stage, such as the antiferromagnetic spintronics, quantum information storage, and new semiconducting compounds, it is not clear what will be the high-performance materials of tomorrow. There is a pressing need to examine the complex properties of these emerging materials, and growing single crystals is a crucial step toward investigating their properties in detail. I will explain why measuring transport, optical, and magnetic properties are important in these systems, and how to determine their anisotropy. Due to the required millimeter dimensions, they must be grown from solutions, fluxes, or vapors. This process is often hard to observe, and highly kinetically dependent, so in situ techniques can be especially valuable to understand how to grow larger or better crystals, how to choose phases more precisely, and how to discover entirely new materials. With a clearer view of how materials form, we can critically evaluate computational predictions (ab initio or machine-learned methods) and explore novel reactions to target new phases.
Associate Professor and Racheff Scholar in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois
Daniel Shoemaker is an Associate Professor and Racheff Scholar in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois, where he is also affiliated with the Materials Research Laboratory and the Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center. Daniel conducted a postdoctoral appointment at Argonne National Laboratory after receiving his PhD in Materials from UC Santa Barbara and BS from the University of Illinois. Among his awards are the Louis Rosen Award from the Los Alamos Neutron Science center and a US Department of Energy Career Award. His service activities include serving as the President of the Oak Ridge SNS/HFIR User Group, where he initiated outreach activities for underrepresented users, leadership positions on X-ray and neutron science review committees, and developing and deploying outreach activities for elementary and middle schoolers. His graduate students have received awards and fellowships from the NSF, MRS, and Royal Society of Chemistry, and he was the recipient of an Outstanding Advising Award by the Illinois Engineering Council in 2020.