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Solid State Chemistry (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Strategies for Materials Discovery: New Functional Materials and Their Applications


July 16-17, 2016


Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH


Allison M. Latshaw & Joya Cooley

Meeting Description

The discovery of a new functional material is just the beginning of a long process that may culminate in an application. Following the initial discovery, the material must be thoroughly characterized, have its physical properties measured and, undoubtedly, optimized to enable its use in an existing or new application. This deceptively straightforward, yet multifaceted process involves tremendous effort, where every step requires significant amounts of time and success.

This meeting on solid state chemistry will enable graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and discuss the issues faced in materials discovery, optimization of structure or composition, and improvement of the desired properties. By offering a seminar that promotes the sharing of unpublished work, both in poster and oral presentation form, discussions amongst fellow scientists in the field of solid state chemistry will lead to the exchange of ideas concerning the process leading to the discovery of new materials.

This seminar focusing on young scientists will promote the sharing of unpublished research, as well as give an opportunity for students and post-docs to present their research via posters and oral presentations. A career panel, including representatives from industry, national laboratories, and academia will take place during the two day meeting.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Solid State Chemistry" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmAdvances in Materials Synthesis
Discussion Leader: Konstantinos Stoumpos (Northwestern University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmMiles White (Iowa State University, USA)
"Filled Tetrahedral Semiconductors in the Nano-Regime: Synthesis and Characterization of I-II-V Nowotny-Juza Phases"
4:00 pm - 4:10 pmDiscussion
4:10 pm - 4:25 pmPaul Brack (Loughborough University, United Kingdom)
"Ball Milling of Ferrosilicon Powders and Their Applications in Hydrogen Generation"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmThe Cutting Edge of Solid State Chemistry
Discussion Leader: Joya Cooley (University of California, Davis, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmMartin Donakowski (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
"Syntheses and Pair Distribution Function Studies of Ruthenium Oxide and Manganese Oxide"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmAdeline Adam (École Polytechnique, France)
"Core-Shell Heterostructures Combining Photostrictive and Piezomagnetic Properties"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmBenjamin de Laune (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)
"Functionalism of Naturally Occurring Minerals; Chance and Reward"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmAnastasiya Vinokur (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Toward Design Principles for Martensitic Transformations: The Frustrated Formation of Co-Co Bonds in New Low-Temperature Polymorphs of GdCoSi2"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amFrom Materials Discovery to Application
Discussion Leader: Geneva Laurita-Plankis (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amDaniel Weber (Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany)
"Single Layers of Magnetic Semiconducting RuCl3 - A True 2D Honeycomb Lattice"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amElizabeth Seibel (Princeton University, USA)
"Structure-Property Relationships of New Lanthanide-Gold-Pnictide Intermetallics"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amAdam Jaffe (Stanford University, USA)
"Pressure-Induced Structural, Electronic, and Optical Evolution of Hybrid Perovskites"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amDaniela Pfister (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
"Inorganic, Semiconducting, Chiral Double Helices"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Careers in Solid State Chemistry
Discussion Leader: Allison Latshaw (University of South Carolina, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Careers in Solid State Chemistry"
  • Kelvin Chang (Northrop Grumman SYNOPTICS, USA)
  • Brent Melot (University of Southern California, USA)
  • Alexander Norquist (Haverford College, USA)
  • Kenneth Poeppelmeier (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Athena Sefat (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Anant Setlur (GE Global Research, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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