Calendar of Events

Seed Grant Presentations
Feb 8 @ 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017
    • MTBG Presentation: “A Comparative Study of Thermomagnetic Transport in Dirac and Weyl Semimetals,” Nandini Trivedi, Physics; Co-PI: Joseph Heremans, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • Proto-IRG Presentation: “Biomagnetism in Health and Disease,” PI: Gunjan Agarwal, Biomedical Engineering; Co-PIs: David McComb, Materials Science and Engineering; Orlando Simonetti, Radiology
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017
    • MTBG Presentation: “Image Classification for Autonomous Material Discovery,” PI: Dennis Dimiduk, Materials Science and Engineering; Co-PIs: Stephen Niezgoda, Materials Science and Engineering; Sebastian Kurtek, Statistics
    • MTBG Presentation: “Computationally-Guided Discovery of Electronic Materials with Axis-Dependent Conduction Polarity,” PI: Joshua Goldberger, Chemistry and Biochemistry; co-PIs: Wolfgang Windl, Materials Science and Engineering; Joseph Heremans, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • Proto-IRG Presentation: “Spin‐controlled quantum emitters for application in quantum information science,” PI: Daniel Gauthier, Physics; Co-PIs: Roland Kawakami, Physics; Jay Gupta, Physics
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017
    • MTBG Presentation: “Engineering Approaches for Profiling the Mechano-Material Properties of Solid Tumors,” PI: Jonathan Song, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; co-PIs: Carlos Castro, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Michael Ostrowski, Cancer Biology and Genetics; Samir Ghadiali, Biomedical Engineering
    • MTBG Presentation: “Tunable Ferromagnetic and Antiferromagnetic Spintronics Based on Graphene Quantum Hall States,” PI: Jeannie Lau, Physics; Co-PI: Fengyuan Yang, Physics; Jason Ho, Physics
    • MTBG Presentation: “Laser Processing of NiTi Shape Memory Alloys to Enhance Biocompatibility Properties,” PI: Antonio Ramirez, Materials Science and Engineering; Co-PI: Daniel Gallego-Perez, Biomedical Engineering; Joao Oliveira, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017
    • MTBG Presentation: “Localized Neutron Transmutation doping for GaN,” PI: Lei Cao, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Co-PIs: Thomas Blue, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Marat Khafizov, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Siddharth Rajan, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Proto-IRG Presentation: “Point Defects and Emergent Properties at Oxide Interfaces,” PI: Jinwoo Hwang, Materials Science and Engineering; Co-PIs: Fengyuan Yang, Physics; Maryam Ghazisaeidi, Materials Science and Engineering
    • Proto-IRG Presentation: “Spin Textures in Chiral Magnetic Materials,” PI: Mohit Randeria, Physics; Co-PIs: Chris Hammel, Physics; Roland Kawakami, Physics; David McComb, Materials Science and Engineering; Fengyuan Yang, Physics
Alumni Career Series: Tricia Meyer (Intel, ORNL)
Feb 9 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

cem-alumni-career-series-tricia-meyer-intelStudents interested in attending a luncheon with the speaker should contact Corinne Rubright(.4). Limited to 20 seats.

Faculty or students should contact Corinne Rubright(.4) to schedule a meeting with the speaker.

Dr. Brandon Howe (Air Force Research Labs): Next-Generation Frequency-Agile RF/microwave Electronic Materials and Processing Research at AFRL
Apr 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Dr. Brandon Howe (Air Force Research Labs): Next-Generation Frequency-Agile RF/microwave Electronic Materials and Processing Research at AFRL @ PRB 1080

Next-generation warfighter electronics rely on the development of truly disruptive and robust electronic and optical materials in order to enable game-changing advancements in RF/microwave performance and frequency-agility. The device community is extremely materials limited with regard to low-loss RF/microwave materials and major scientific challenges lie within the creation of novel materials and heterostructures with exceptionally high crystalline quality in order to unlock and explore unique and interesting electronic and optical properties. In order to accomplish this, one must either make large investments into costly reactors (MBE for instance), or create novel synthesis schemes in order to access never-before-achieved processing space, thus unlocking the ability to grow novel materials with enhanced physical properties. Recently, at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at AFRL, we have built up a state-of-the-art PVD epitaxial growth suite capable of quickly synthesizing and scanning through an enlarged processing space in order to rapidly identify novel materials with enhanced physical properties and assessing their potential for AF application. This talk will focus on the buildup and characterization of both a fully automated UHV pulsed laser epitaxy tool for the growth of high quality ferromagnetic, magnetoelectric, and UWBG oxides and heterostructures, as well as a truly one-of-a-kind and fully automated multifunctional epitaxial growth system (MEGS) capable of applying magnetic fields during both magnetron sputter epitaxy as well as pulsed laser deposition and creating complex metal/metal nitride/oxide heterostructures never before achieve. I will show how these systems are already creating exceptionally high quality transition metal nitride for resilient plasmonics (as TiN and ZrN mirror the properties of gold and silver) and novel magnetic oxides with record low-loss magnetic and microwave performance. Single crystal nitrides grown by sputtering demonstrate properties among the best reported while our novel AlNiZnFerrite material demonstrates record high magnetostriction while mitigating prohibitively large losses (microwave damping). I will briefly touch at the end our expanding effort in the prototyping and characterization of novel magnetic and magnetoelectric materials and devices.

Dr. Brandon Howe is a Materials Engineer at Air Force Research Lab’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Nanoelectronic Materials Branch. He was recruited to AFRL under the SMART (Science Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) Scholarship program in 2006. He graduated in 2011 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, after studying under the guidance of Profs. Ivan Petrov and Joe Greene. During his time there he won several graduate student research awards in the area of Thin Films and Vacuum Technology. He has spent the last five years renovating, redesigning and constructing a UHV PLD and magnetron sputter epitaxy suite, earning him the 2015 Charles J. Cleary Scientific Achievement Award. He is now leading the Epitaxial Magnetoelectrics effort for Next-Generation Tunable RF/Microwave components, recently recognized by AFOSR as one of their top 10% STAR Team efforts.

Physics of Emerging Materials
May 23 – May 25 all-day

The CEM Internal Advisory Council, a grassroots committee of CEM students and postdoctoral researchers, created this workshop to inform the Center’s direction and improve the educational and research experiences of CEM students. POEM will be composed of tutorials by faculty, student talks, poster sessions, and will provide extensive opportunities for interaction between CEM students (on and offsite), and students at NMHU (New Mexico Highlands University), as well as CEM faculty. The workshop also  provides a platform to CEM faculty for exchange of innovative ideas to further the research direction of CEM. This internal workshop is closed to the public.

May 23rd (Tuesday)
9:00-9:45 am:              Meeting with CEM internal advisory council
9:45- 11am:                 CEM Research Overview Poster session
11- Noon:                    Research discussions and optional Research lab tours
Noon- 1:30 pm:          Lunch with PREM and off site students/faculty
1:30- 5:00 pm:            Research discussions and optional Research lab / NSL tours
5:00-5:45 pm:             Welcome speech by Chris
5:45- 6:00 pm:            Poster setup
6:00-7:30 pm:             light refreshments

May 24th (Wednesday)
8:00-8:45 am                 Breakfast
8:45- 9:00 am                Announcements
9:00- 10:30 am              Tutorial 1- Spin-orbit coupling
10:30- 11:00 am            Coffee break
11:00- 11:30 am            Talk
11:30- Noon                  Talk
Noon- 1:30 pm              Lunch
1:30- 3:00 pm                Tutorial 2- Spin thermal transport
3:00-3:30 pm                 Coffee Break and group photo
3:30-4:00 pm                Talk
4:00-4:30 pm                 Talk
4:30-6:30 pm                 Poster Session
6:30-8:00 pm                 Dinner

May 25th (Thursday)
8:00-8:45am                  Breakfast
8:45- 9:00 am                Announcements
9:00- 10:30 am              Tutorial 3- Topology in band structures
10:30- 11:00 am            Coffee break
11:00- 11:30 am            Talk
11:30- Noon                  Talk
Noon- 1:30 pm              Lunch
1:30- 2:00 pm               Talk
2:00- 2:30 pm               Talk
2:30-3:00 pm                Talk
3:00-3:30 pm                Coffee and closing remarks
3:30-4:30 pm                Brainstorming future research directions


IRG-1 Seminar: Dr. Arun Paramekanti, “Magnetism and nematicity in (111) oxide 2D electron gases”
Sep 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Dr. Arun Paramekanti

Wednesday, September 20th at 2pm in PRB 4138

Magnetism and nematicity in (111) oxide 2D electron gases

Abstract: Recent experiments have begun to explore surface and interface 2D electron gases of (111) oxide heterostructures. Motivated by these experiments, we theoretically examine the many-body instabilities of such 2DEGs driven by multiorbital interactions. We find a rich variety of ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic orders accompanied by ferroorbital order which breaks lattice rotational symmetry. Such ordered phases or their fluctuating variants might lead to electronic nematicity, which might potentially explain the low temperature onset of transport anisotropies observed in certain experiments.