Our research focuses on the characterization of physical properties and structures of materials through thermodynamic, transport, X-ray and neutron measurements, with an emphasis on the design, synthesis and crystal growth of new materials. Our interests span a wide spectrum of materials, from intermetallics to oxides, especially superconductors and strongly correlated electron systems showing unusual electronic and magnetic ground states that can be perturbed by chemical doping, applied pressure or magnetic field. We aim at synthesizing new materials with nontrivial properties, characterizing quantum phases, and examining the different energy scales in solids. The interplay of magnetism, superconductivity and structure will be of particular interest.
08/18/2018 We organized an outreach event "Science for Kids" at the Westfield Culver City mall, aiming to help the kids understand how the discovery of new materials and their functions have shaped our everyday life. Interactive demonstrations such as "superconducting ping-pong game", "waterpark on hydrophobic surfaces", etc. were shown. See department news. http://www.pa.ucla.edu/content/science-kids-outreach-program