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A Message from the Chair

Greetings! I am sure that everyone is looking forward to attending the upcoming March Meeting in Denver. As you’ll see below, DMP has organized an exciting program that covers a comprehensive range of topics of contemporary interest for our members. DMP has a significant presence at the March Meeting through Focus Topic sessions, some of which run through the entire week. Each DMP Focus Topic provides a structure to gather contributed and invited talks together in a series of coordinated sessions that foster increased discussion on a specific area. Please join me in thanking our Chair-Elect, Toni Taylor, and her team of Focus Topic organizers who worked very hard to assemble an excellent series of talks in these sessions. You will find more details about the Focus Topic sessions later in this Newsletter. Additionally, this is the time to propose new Focus Topics for next year’s March meeting. Please do so by contacting either Rachel Goldman who will be the DMP Program Chair for the 2021 March Meeting or DMP Secretary/Treasurer Charles Ahn using the instructions provided later in this Newsletter. Please consider suggesting invited speakers to these Focus Topics when the selections and organizers are announced.

Our Vice-Chair, Rachel Goldman, our Past-Chair, Amanda Petford-Long, and Toni have also organized three invited symposia. These are:

  • The DMP Past Chair’s Symposium (D36) on Monday afternoon, featuring Margaret Murnane, Joseph Stroscio, Eli Rotenberg, and Chunhui Du.
  • The DMP Prize Symposium (J19) on Tuesday afternoon, featuring the recipients of the APS Medal (Miriam Sarachik), the McGroddy Prize for new Materials (Michael Eremets), the Adler Lectureship (Chang-Beom Eom), the Edward Bouchet Award (Nadya Mason), and the IUPAP C-10 Young Scientist Prize (Andrea Young).
  • The "Physics for Everyone" symposium (U36) on Thursday afternoon which is centered on physics in popular culture and features James Kakalios, Patrick Johnson, David A Weitz, Anissa Ramirez, and Diandra Leslie-Pelecky.

Do make sure to put these invited symposia and our Focus Topic sessions on your meeting calendar!

Our award winners and new APS fellows nominated through DMP will be recognized on Tuesday evening, March 3, from 5:30-7:30 in FGH Centennial at the Hyatt. This ceremony will also recognize the achievements of junior scientists through the Ovshinsky Travel Awards, the IUPAP C-10 Young Scientist Prize, and the Richard L. Greene Dissertation Award in Materials and Condensed Matter Physics. The annual DMP business meeting follows immediately after in the Convention Center in Room 102. Topics to be discussed in that meeting include the Focus Topics for the 2020 March meeting, including any new proposals for Focus Topics. Please do attend: this is your chance to provide direct input into the agenda for the 2021 March meeting.

DMP also plays a really important role in recognizing the stellar scientific achievements of our members through awards and election to APS Fellow. The two major awards are the David Adler Lectureship Award and the James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials; nomination packages for these are due 6/1/2020. APS Fellow nominations are due by Friday 5/1/2020. Complete information on the nomination process is available online. I urge you to help us by nominating an excellent and diverse slate of colleagues who have advanced scientific frontiers in materials physics.

As you might imagine, it takes many volunteers to keep all these DMP activities going. My contributions to the DMP Chair-line would have been impossibly difficult without the wisdom, advice, and helpful guidance of the more experienced members of the executive committee, particularly Amanda Petford-Long (Past-Chair), Charles Ahn (Secretary-Treasurer), and Sam Bader (APS Councilor). Amanda and Charles will be leaving the DMP Executive Committee in March and Sam will leave the APS Council in December. Please join me in giving them a huge round of applause for their leadership! And, once again, many thanks to Toni Taylor, DMP Chair Elect, for organizing the 2020 March Meeting! Thanks also go to DMP Executive Committee Members at Large who are completing their terms, Zeke Scott-Halperin and Ni Ni: they both helped enormously with the Focus Topic organization over the past 3 years. Finally, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the newly-elected members of the DMP Executive Committee: Vice-Chair-elect, Vivien Zapf, Secretary-Treasurer-elect, Steven May, and Members at Large elect, Anand Bhattacharya and Peter Fischer.

I’ve been honored to serve as DMP Chair this past year, and I thank all of you for the opportunity to contribute to the Division.

Finally, I am deeply distressed about the serious impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on our colleagues who live in China, as well as on everyone with friends, family, and collaborators in China. We realize that there will likely be many speakers from China scheduled for presentations who will unfortunately be unable to attend the March Meeting due to travel restrictions. At this stage, we can only wait to see whether the situation might change for the better. In the meantime, APS staff are trying to set up contingency plans to the extent possible. You will hear about these through emails as more information becomes available. APS has posted an advisory statement about COVID-19

Please join me in sending best wishes and thoughts of support to all those who have been adversely affected by the health emergency. I hope that the challenge will be resolved soon.

Nitin Samarth, DMP Chair

Call for DMP Focus Session Topics for 2020 APS March Meeting

(March 2–6, 2020 in Denver)

The Division of Materials Physics sponsors a wide range of focus topics as its primary structure for the March Meeting. Typically spanning several sessions throughout the March Meeting, focus topics allow an in-depth view of forefront materials physics research areas and connect invited speakers to associated contributed abstracts.

Each year, the existing set of focus topics is evaluated for inclusion in the next year's program. In addition, new candidates for focus topics are considered based on timeliness, an assessment of the community interest, and uniqueness with the existing DMP program and those of sister units. Ideas coming from the DMP community at large are an extremely important part of this process.

To that end, the DMP Executive Committee solicits your input for the 2021 focus topics slate. New focus topics should represent a significant topic that would support three or more March Meeting sessions (each session typically has one invited talk and 12 related contributed talks).

Please send proposals for new focus topics to DMP Vice-Chair Rachel Goldman or DMP Secretary/Treasurer Charles Ahn by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, February 28, 2020. Please include:

  • Descriptive title of the focus topic
  • The nominator’s name, affiliation, phone number and email address
  • A brief abstract noting timeliness and uniqueness of the topic relative to the existing program
  • A description of the intended audience that supports the size and scope of a focus topic
  • Suggestions for possible organizers
  • Any additional information you would like to provide that will help the DMP Executive Committee in its decision-making process will be appreciated. For your reference, a list of the 2020 DMP focus topics is included below.

If you have any questions or would like assistance in the preparation of your proposal, please contact DMP 2021 Program Chair Rachel Goldman.

Thank you in advance for your help in this extremely important part of planning for the future success of the DMP program.


Rachel Goldman, DMP Vice-chair and 2021 Program Chair

Toni Taylor, DMP Chair-elect and 2020 Program Chair

Focus Topics at APS March Meeting 2020

07.01.01 Topological materials: synthesis, characterization and modeling [same as]

07.01.02 Dirac and Weyl semimetals: materials and modeling (DMP) [same as]

07.01.03 Topological superconductivity: materials and modeling [same as 09.01.02,,]

07.01.04 Magnetic Topological Materials

08.01.02 Dopants and defects in semiconductors [cosponsors: DCOMP, FIAP; same as 16.01.15,]

08.01.03 Dielectric and ferroic oxides [cosponsor: DCOMP; same as 11.01.01, 16.01.14,,,]

08.01.04 Organometal halide perovskites: photovoltaics and beyond [same as]

09.01.01 Fe-based Superconductors [cosponsor: DCOMP; same as 16.01.16,]

11.01.05: 5d/4d transition metal systems [same as]

12.01.01: 2D Materials: Synthesis, Defects, Structure and Properties [same as]

12.01.02: 2D Materials: Semiconductors [cosponsor: DCOMP; same as 16.01.17,]

12.01.03: Devices from 2D Materials: Function, Fabrication and Characterization [same as]

12.01.04: 2D Materials: Metals, Superconductors, and Correlated Materials [same as]

13.01.01: Nanostructures and Metamaterials [same as]

13.01.02: Electron, Exciton, and Phonon Transport in Nanostructures [same as]

13.01.03: Complex Oxide Interfaces and Heterostructures [same as]

13.01.04: Materials for Quantum Information Science [same as] Organizers:

14.01.01: Surface, Interface and Thin Film Science of Organic Molecular Solids [same as]

DMP also co-sponsors the following focus topics led by other APS units:

  • 01.01.01: Organic Electronics (DPOLY/DMP)
  • 01.01.02: Optics and Photonics in Polymers and Soft Matter (DPOLY/GSOFT/DMP)
  • 02.01.13: Hyperuniformity and Optimal Tesselations: Structure, Formation and Properties (GSOFT, DPOLY, DBIO, DMP, DCOMP, GSNP)
  • 10.01.01: Magnetic Nanostructures: Materials and Phenomena (GMAG/DMP)
  • 10.01.02: Emergent Properties of Bulk Complex Oxides (GMAG/DMP/DCOMP)
  • 10.01.03: Magnetic Oxide Thin Films and Heterostructures (GMAG/DMP/DCOMP)
  • 10.01.04: Spin Transport and Magnetization Dynamics In Metals-Based Systems (GMAG/DMP/FIAP)
  • 10.01.05: Spin Dependent Phenomena in Semiconductors (GMAG/DMP/FIAP/DCOMP)
  • 10.01.06: Frustrated Magnetism (GMAG/DMP)
  • 10.01.07: Chiral Spin Textures and Dynamics, including Skyrmions (GMAG/DMP)
  • 10.01.08: Low-dimensional and Molecular Magnetism (GMAG/DMP)
  • 12.01.05: Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials (DCOMP) [same as 16.01.13,,]
  • 16.01.01 Matter in Extreme Environments (DCOMP, DMP, GSCCM)
  • 16.01.02 Building the bridge to exascale: applications and opportunities for materials, chemistry, and biology (DCOMP, DAMOP, DBIO, DCP, DCMP, DMP, DPOLY)
  • 16.01.03 Electrons, phonons, electron-phonon scattering, and phononics (DCOMP, DMP)
  • 16.01.04 First-principles modeling of excited-state phenomena in materials (DCOMP, DCP, DMP)
  • 16.01.07 Exploring Free Energy Landscapes in Biology and Materials Science with Advanced Algorithms (DCOMP, DPOLY, DBIO, DMP, GSOFT, GSNP)
  • 17.01.09 Topological Stabilization of Memory and Computation (DQI, DMP)

New Members of the Executive Committee

The following members were elected to serve on the DMP Executive Committee:

  • Vice Chair: Vivien Zapf
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Steven May
  • Member at Large: Anand Bhattacharya
  • Member at Large: Peter Fischer

We congratulate the new members of the Executive Committee and look forward to their participation and leadership!

DMP Executive Committee for 2020-2021

The Executive Committee Officers and Members-at-Large for the 2020-2021 year, (who begin their terms begin following the March Meeting):


  • Chair: Toni Taylor, (04/20 - 03/21), Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Chair-elect: Rachel Goldman (04/20 - 03/21), University of Michigan
  • *Vice-chair: Vivien Zapf (04/20-03/21), Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Past Chair: Nitin Samarth, (04/20 - 03/21), Penn State University
  • Councilor: Samuel D. Bader, (01/17 - 12/20), Argonne National Laboratory
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Steven May, (04/20 - 03/23), Drexel University


  • James Rondinelli, Northwestern University (04/18 - 03/21)
  • Judith Yang, University of Pittsburgh (04/18 – 03/21)
  • Kyle Shen, Cornell University (04/19 – 03/22)
  • Oana Jurchescu, Wake Forest University (04/19 – 03/22)
  • *Anand Bhattacharya, Argonne National Lab (04/20 – 03/23)
  • *Peter Fischer, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (04/20 – 03/23)

*Newly elected

March Meeting: Location

The March Meeting 2020 of the APS will take place, March 2-6, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. All scientific sessions will be in the Convention Center but events and activities may be in the Convention Center or the main conference hotel, the Hyatt. Check event details for time and place.

Further Information DMP Sponsored Sessions

March Sponsored Meetings: DMP/DCMP Fellows and Awards Reception and Business Meeting

The Division of Materials Physics will sponsor the following meetings during the 2020 March meeting. This is your opportunity to interact with the Executive Committee and to become informed of the activities of the Division.

Tuesday, March 3
DCMP/DMP New Fellows & Award Winners Reception
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Centennial FGH, Hyatt

DMP Business Meeting
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Room 102, Colorado Convention Center

Division of Materials Physics Ovshinsky Student Travel Awards

The Ovshinsky Student Travel Awards and Honorable Mention Awards have been established to assist the career of student researchers. The Awards are in memory of Iris and Stanford Ovshinsky who had a very strong interest and commitment to scientific education. The awards have been endowed by the Ovshinsky family, their colleagues at Energy Conversion Devices (ECD) companies and all their numerous friends from many social, intellectual and business relationships.

We are extremely grateful to the Ovshinsky family for this award. Since the original launch of the award, the family have provided further gifts to endow the awards.

The Ovshinsky Student Travel Awards will be presented at the DCMP/DMP New Fellows and Award Winners Reception, Tuesday, March 3, 5:30 p.m. (Centennial FGH at the Hyatt).

The recipients of the 2020 Ovshinsky Student Travel Awards for Materials Physics are:

  • Saba Arash, University of South Carolina
  • Justin Boddison-Chouinard, University of Ottawa
  • Sara Conti, University of Antwerp
  • Md Shafayat Hossain, Princeton University
  • Alina Kononov, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Iflah Laraib, University of Delaware
  • Sabine Neal, University of Tennessee
  • Paul Sass, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
  • Yongjin Shin, Northwestern University
  • Xuejing Wang, Purdue University
  • Jin Yue, University of Minnesota

The recipients of the 2020 Ovshinsky Student Travel Honorable Mention Awards for Materials Physics are:

  • Alexey Bondarev, Duke University
  • Prasanna Dnyaneshwar Patil, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Sofia Ferreira Teixeira, IFIMUP
  • Zhehao Ge, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Kaveh Khaliji, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Tiep Pham, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ulises Ramirez Meza, Centro de Investigaciones en ÔøΩptica
  • Evan Sheridan, University of California Berkeley
  • Tristan Truttmann, University of Minnesota
  • Kevin Vallejo, Boise State University

Division of Materials Physics Post-Doctoral Travel Awards

The DMP Post-Doctoral Travel Awards have been established this year to recognize innovative materials physics research by Post-Doctoral researchers that will be presented at the APS March Meeting. The Awards are supported through the Division of Materials Physics.

The selection of the recipients of the DMP Post-Doctoral Travel Awards is based on the research quality, the impact of the research at the March Meeting and the innovative contribution of the post-doctoral researcher.

The DMP Post-Doctoral Travel Awards will be presented at the DCMP/DMP New Fellows and Award Winners Reception, Tuesday, March 3, 5:30 p.m. (Centennial FGH at the Hyatt).

The recipients of the 2020 DMP Post-Doctoral Travel Awards are:

  • Weibin Chu, University of Southren California
  • Hyunsoo Kim, University of Maryland-College Park
  • Zhaochu Luo, Paul Scherrer Institute
  • Jihong Ma, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Simon Riberolles, Ames Laboratory
  • Bixia Wang, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Sorb Yesudhas Amirthabai, University of Missouri, Columbia MO
  • Tianyuan Zhang, University of Washington
  • Daming Zhao, Nanyang Technological University

Award and Prize Winners

James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials
Michail Eremets, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry
For pioneering studies of hydrides, a new family of high Tc materials, and for the discovery of sulfur hydrides with record value of Tc.

David Adler Lectureship Award
Chang-Beom Eom , University of Wisconsin – Madison
For pioneering research and insightful lectures demonstrating how the use of epitaxy can be used to manipulate the structure of materials to greatly enhance their properties and enable oxide electronics.

IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in the Structure and Dynamics of Condensed Matter (C10)
Andrea Young, University of California-Santa Barbara
For his contribution on discoveries of correlated electron behavior in graphene in the strong quantum limit.

Richard L. Greene Dissertation Award in Expt. Condensed Matter/Materials Physics
Hsiang-Hsi (Sean) Kung, University of British Columbia
Collective Excitations in the Antisymmetric Channel of Raman Spectroscopy
Xiao Mi, Google
Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics with Silicon Charge and Spin Qubits
Veronika Sunko, Max Planck for Chemical Physics of Solids
Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy of Delafossite Metals

2019 APS Fellows nominated through DMP

Jiming Bao, University of Houston
For the discovery of photoacoustic laser streaming, for seminal contributions to the understanding of basic electronic and optical properties of nanostructured materials, and the development of new nanomaterials for applications in solar energy conversions and optoelectronic devices.

Anand Bhattacharya, Argonne National Laboratory
For elucidating the magnetic and transport properties of novel oxide heterostructures and for contributions to the discovery of the spin Seebeck effect in paramagnetic and antiferromagnetic insulators.

Kristjan Haule, Rutgers University
For pioneering quantitative first-principles investigation of correlated electron physics in broad classes of materials, including iron pnictides, heavy fermion, and transition metal compounds.

Sohrab Ismail-Beigi, Yale University
For seminal contributions to understanding and control of epitaxial semiconductor/oxide interfaces, for the discovery of new structural phases for 2D boron, and for advances in theoretical methods for first principles excited state calculations that enable engineering of material at the picometer scale.

Tsuyoshi Kimura, University of Tokyo
For seminal contributions to the study of multiferroics, including the discovery of the magnetic origin of the ferroelectricity in TbMnO3 and the demonstration of magnetic control of the electric polarization, thus defining a new class of spin-driven multiferroics with promising functionalities.

Donghui Lu, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
For seminal contributions to the development of synchrotron-based angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and the resultant understanding of quantum materials, especialliron and copper based superconductors.

Silvia Picozzi, CNR-SPIN Chieti For pioneering contributions to the fundamental understanding of microscopic mechanisms linking magnetic and electric dipolar degrees of freedom, through advanced modeling of ferroelectrics, antiferromagnets, and multiferroics.

Sayeef Salahuddin, University of California, Berkeley
For pioneering the physics of negative capacitance and its translation to overcome the Boltzmann Tyranny in microelectronics.

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