March 1, Julia Y. Chan, Louisiana State University


Chan3:00 PM in Room 205, 8 St. Mary’s Street

Refreshments served at 2:45 PM

Discovery and Growth of Magnetic Materials with Competing Interactions

Abstract: The search for materials with desired magnetic and electrical properties concomitantly relies on the discovery of new systems.  To unequivocally determine the compounds’ innate properties, large single crystals must be grown and characterized.  In this talk, I will focus on the versatility and tunability of properties of intermetallics as it applies to the design and discovery of highly correlated rare earth transition metal phases.  Crystal growth of compounds discovered in our group exhibiting unusual magnetic behavior with competing interactions and transport properties will be highlighted. The challenges of phase stability, single crystal growth, structure determination, and physics of these materials will also be discussed.

Biography: Professor Julia Chan (B.S. in Chemistry, Baylor University; 1998, Ph.D., University of California at Davis) began her faculty appointment at Louisiana State University in Fall 2000, after spending two years as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory. Her research interests involve synthesis of materials that exhibit metal-to-insulator transitions, mixed valence, highly correlated electronic systems, superconductivity, and materials for energy conversion.  Efforts are placed on the crystal growth, structures, and properties of new materials.   Prof. Chan has published over 110 papers and given over 100 invited talks.  She has graduated 12 PhD students and has mentored over 30 undergraduates in her laboratory. Prof. Chan’s awards include NSF Career Award, American Crystallographic Association Margaret C. Etter Early Career Award, Baylor University Outstanding Alumni Award, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, Iota Sigma Pi Agnes Fay Morgan Award, American Chemical Society Exxon Mobil Faculty Fellowship in Solid State Chemistry and one of 12 Profiled in 2002 C&E News series on “Women in Chemistry”, highlighting women making an impact in the chemical sciences.  She is currently the editor of Journal of Alloys and Compounds and serving on the Editorial Board for Chemistry of Materials.


Faculty Host:  Linda Doerrer

Student Host: Anny Hierro