Johnpierre Paglione - University of Maryland - Physics

Dr. Paglione directs a research group in the Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials at the University of Maryland. His team has contributed to several fields of condensed matter research through both single-crystal synthesis of superconducting, quantum-critical and topological materials, as well as exploration of novel phenomena. He is a leader in the field of quantum criticality and has made important contributions to the fields of heavy-fermion materials and the quasiparticle picture of correlated materials. Dr. Paglione has more recently pursued several new areas of research including iron-based high-temperature superconductivity and topological insulators and superconductors. He is the recipient of a National Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and an Early Career Award from the Department of Energy, and has been selected for an EPiQS Materials Synthesis Investigator Award by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation. Dr. Paglione earned his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Canada.

Nicholas Butch - NIST/University of Maryland - Physics

Dr. Butch is an experimental condensed matter physicist at the NIST Center for Neutron Research and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Maryland Physics Department's Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials. His research focuses on novel electron interactions in materials, including those exhibiting superconductivity, magnetism, and heavy fermion behavior, as well as quantum phase transitions, non-Fermi liquid behavior, and nontrivial topological states. Nicholas investigates the weird ways in which electrons organize themselves in complicated materials.

Efrain Rodriguez - University of Maryland - Chemistry and Biochemistry

Materials and solid state chemistry. Inorganic materials. Synthesis and characterization of transition metal (TM) compounds including oxides, chalcogenides and pnictides. Preparation of metastable materials for energy applications via chemie douce, or soft chemical, methods. Functional TM compounds with properties such as magnetic, electronic, and mixed conductivity (ionic and electrical). Advanced characterization of compounds including X-ray and neutron diffraction coupled with magnetization and electrical transport measurements

B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, 2003 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ph.D. Materials, University of California Santa Barbara (with Anthony K. Cheetham, FRS)

National Research Council Post-doctoral Fellow, NIST Center for Neutron Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology (with Mark A. Green)