Solving interdisciplinary problems

In modern condensed matter physics, quantum materials research encompasses a broad range of studies in strongly correlated systems with the aim of discovering new quantum states of matter and elucidating the quantum physics underlying the rich phenomena occurring within these systems. Quantum materials research brings together scientists working collaboratively on a variety of interdisciplinary problems in fields as diverse as chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering.

Workshop Content

Please note that a 15-minute discussion period will follow each session.

Quantum Dynamics and Structures

December 9, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST / 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST

  • Andrew Potter (UBC): Engineering non-Fermi liquids, quantum criticality, and topology in moire heterostructures
  • Kaden Hazzard (Rice): Topological synthetic dimensions with programmable ultracold matter
  • Ziliang Ye (UBC): Emerging Photovoltaic Effect in Ferroelectric MoS2
  • Hanyu Zhu (Rice): Magnon-phonon hybridization in van der Waals materials
New Materials and Emergent Phenomena

December 9, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. PST / 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. CST

  • Pengcheng Dai (Rice): Resonance from antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations for superconductivity of UTe2
  • Alannah Hallas (UBC): Magnetic order and disorder in high entropy spinel oxides
  • Emilia Morosan Rice Topological non-collinear spin texture in centrosymmetric square net EuAl2Ga2
Topological Materials by Design

December 10, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST / 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST

  • Jennifer Cano (Flatiron): Topological Twistronics
  • Marcel Franz (UBC): High-temperature topological superconductivity in twisted double layer copper oxides
  • Philip Kim (Harvard): Emergent Interfacial Superconductivity between Twisted Cuprate Superconductors
  • Qimiao Si (Rice): Strongly correlated topological metals: Design rules via interactions and symmetry constraints
Topology in Bulk Materials

December 10, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. PST  / 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. CST

  • Mohamed Oudah (UBC): Superconductivity and Quantum Oscillations in Single Crystals of the Compensated Semimetal CaSb2
  • Ming Yi (Rice): Bismuth halides–a quasi-1D material platform for novel topological states
  • Sarah Burke* (UBC): Quasiparticle interference observation of the topologically non-trivial drumhead surface state in ZrSiTe

*To be confirmed


The 2-day workshop will take place from Thursday, December 9, through Friday, December 10. Each session will be devoted to one topic, and will incorporate two long talks and several short talks with ample time reserved for open discussions. The format may be adjusted to realize the main objectives, which are to identify exciting frontiers in each topic and explore potential collaborations.


For questions on the scientific program, please contact one of the organizers or session coordinators. For logistics questions, please contact: