The Dawn of the Chemistry of Quantum Materials: Discovery, Synthesis, and Behavioral Insights
Abstract: A quantum material is loosely defined as a material in which there are one or more highly correlated microscopic degrees of freedom that give rise to emergent behavior — actions that appear greater than the sum of the individual interactions. In this talk, I will discuss the current status of the field and present possible future visions for the discovery of new quantum materials, with a particular focus on the potential for synergistic advances across synthesis, characterization, theory, computation, and data collection and analysis. The importance of understanding and harnessing individual chemical steps to create tailored structures across different length scales will be highlighted. What are the prospects for systematic making and breaking of individual bonds in the solid state? What emergent phenomena — at the electron, atomic, or molecular scale — can we discover and harness? Particular attention will be put on the use of extreme conditions to create and discover new materials and phenomena.