Rational Synthesis of Superconductors

Project: Research project

Project Details


This work will be involved in the program investigating superconducting behavior in various materials systems including narrow gap semiconductors exhibiting competing interactions and superconductivity. The program pursues a multi-faceted approach that combines the rational design of novel materials with structural and electronic probes. This program aims to create materials with a high degree of structural and compositional freedom and chemical/electronic complexity with which to investigate (a) density-wave instabilities (spin and charge), and their suppression through chemical doping in order to generate superconductivity that may emerge from phase competition, and (b) how narrow energy band gaps and facile doping properties could lead to a superconducting state. In the former low-dimensional intermetallics exhibiting magnetic interactions and spin density waves will be investigated. In the latter narrow band ternary and quaternary chalcogenide phases comprising heavy elements such as lead, bismuth, selenium and tellurium will be probed. The tasks in this work focus on relationships between structure, composition, electronic structure and physical properties as well as material synthesis. The impact to the programs involved in condensed matter physics including superconductivity can be significant by providing new discoveries and high quality grown specimens thereby fueling strong synergies across many other related researches. Deliverables: Will prepare research report and presentation of results every 3 months to Technical Representative. Will also draft research papers for submission and publication in peer reviewed journals.
Effective start/end date2/17/141/13/16


  • UChicago Argonne, LLC, Argonne National Laboratory (3J-30081/3J-30081-0017A Rev 0017I // 3J-30081/3J-30081-0017A ...)
  • Department of Energy (3J-30081/3J-30081-0017A Rev 0017I // 3J-30081/3J-30081-0017A ...)


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