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Emerging layered functional materials and their characterization

In layered systems different electronic degrees freedom compete to result self organized textures with ranging scales. In such cases the functional properties are described by these defects. Thematic meetings are common, however, EMRS is an ideal platform to discuss different functional properties originated from their layered structural topology.


Various metal oxides/chalcogenides/pnictides with layered structure exhibit interesting and useful functional properties including high temperature superconductivity and giant thermoelectric performance. In these cases, the structural topology is deeply related to strong fluctuations of valence state and local bond. The layered structure topology of the functional materials is important also due to the fact that electronic degrees of freedom in the layered structures have strongly fluctuating character and the phases with charge (or magnetic order), coexisting with metallic (or superconducting) states can provide an effective mechanism for non-conventional phenomena. On the applied side, layered structures permit to have tuning of properties through external parameters as doping/intercalation, pressure, strain, electric and magnetic fields. This is of key interest for developing new materials through ‘control and manipulation’ for desired properties. Here, the focus is to discuss recent advances in the layered functional materials including emerging superconductors in which inhomogeneous ground state playing important role. In particular quantitative characterization of these materials is a challenging task requiring space and time resolved experimental tools applied under extreme conditions (e.g. pressure, electric and magnetic fields). The symposium welcomes contributions based on theoretical, experimental and applied aspects of the physics, chemistry, materials science on the hot topics given below.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Physics and chemistry of layered thermoelectric materials
  • Defect chemistry of layered pnictides and chalcogenides
  • Layered ferroelectrics and quantum paraelectrics
  • Pressure induced phases in layered materials
  • Intrinsic structure of layered functional materials
  • Emerging layered functional materials

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Symposium organizers
Naurang SAINISapienza Università di Roma

Dipartimento di Fisica - P. le Aldo Moro 2 00185 Roma - Italy

+39 0649914387
Siddharth S. SAXENACambridge University

Quantum Matter Group, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE, UK
Takashi MIZOKAWAWaseda University

Department of Applied Physics, Waseda University, Tokyo 169-8555, Japan

+81 3 5286 3230