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Day 1 - Monday, December 7, 2020
Zoom link for morning sessions:

10:00 – 10:20 AM


Stefan Zauscher, Director of Duke Materials Initiative (DMI)


Valerie Ashby, Dean of Trinity College at Duke University


Ravi Bellamkonda, Vinik Dean of Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

10:20 – 10:30 AM

Opening Remarks by the Organizers

Olivier Delaire

Sara Haravifard

Natalia Litchinitser

10:30 – 11:30 AM

Metamaterials Plenary Talk – “Metamaterials That Travel Faster Than Light”

Professor Sir John Pendry

Imperial College of London

11:30 – 11:45 AM



11:45 – 12:45 PM

Energy Materials Plenary Talk –

“Solar Electricity from Metal Halides? Who would have thought…:Incredible Perovskites”

Professor Mercouri Kanatzidis

Northwestern University

12:45 –  1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:00 PM

Parallel Science Talks – Session 1

1:30 – 2:00 PM

“Metal Halide Perovskite Semiconductors for Energy Harvesting-Current Progress and Challenges”

Professor Jinsong Huang

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

2:00 – 2:30 PM

“Bandgap Tuning in Low-Dimensional Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites”

Professor Adrienne Stiff-Roberts

Duke University

2:30 – 3:00 PM

“Metal Halide Semiconductors: From Solidification Studies to Accelerated Robotic Experimentation”

Professor Aram Amassian

North Carolina State University

1:30 – 2:00 PM

“Non-Hermitian Topological Photonics”

Professor Liang Feng

University of Pennsylvania

2:00 – 2:30 PM

“Computational Methods and Optical Instrumentation to Interrogate and Manipulate Matter with Light”

Professor Nicolas Pégard

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

2:30 – 3:00 PM

“Light Manipulation and Emission Engineering with Hyperbolic and Ballistic Metamaterials

Professor Viktor Podolskiy

University of Massachusetts – Lowell

1:30 – 2:00 PM

Exotic quantum magnets and competing states – new Yb Kondo systems”

Professor Emilia Morosan

Rice University

2:00 – 2:30 PM

“Synthesizing ‘Toy Model’ Quantum Materials”

Professor Joseph Checkelsky

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2:30 – 3:00 PM

“Ba3CoSb209 and the Dynamical Structure Factor of the Triangular Heisenberg Model”

Professor Cristian Batista

University of Tennessee, Knoxville & Oak Ridge National Laboratory


3:00 – 3:30 PM


3:30 – 5:30 PM

Parallel Science Talks – Session 2

3:30 – 4:00 PM

“Tuning the Interlayer of Transition Metal Oxides for Electrochemical Energy Storage”

Professor Veronica Augustyn

North Carolina State University

4:00 – 4:30 PM

“First-Principles Simulation of Hot Electron Dynamics at Semiconductor-Molecule Interface”

Professor Yosuke Kanai

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

4:30 – 5:00 PM

“Theory of Tunable New Semiconductor Materials for Energy and Electronics”

Professor Volker Blum

Duke University

3:30 – 4:00 PM

“Inverse Design of Metasurfaces for Energy Harvesting”

Professor Willie John Padilla

Duke University

4:00 – 4:30 PM

Dynamics artificial surfaces for mm-wave imaging using photon induced plasmas in silicon lenses”

Professor David Rickett

North Carolina State University

4:30 – 5:00 PM

“Plasmons, Excitons, and Excitonic Complexes in Transdimensional Quantum Materials”

Professor Igor Bondarev

North Carolina Central University

3:30 – 4:00 PM

“Harnessing Data Revolution in Quantum Matter”

Professor Eun-Ah Kim

Cornell University

4:00 – 4:30 PM

“Electronic band turning under pressure in MoTe2 topological semimetal”

Professor Despina Louca

University of Virginia

4:30 – 5:00 PM

“Tuning Emergent Properties at Complex Oxide Interfaces”

Professor Divine Kumah

North Carolina State University


5:00 – 5:30 PM

“A Room Temperature Gas-to-Liquid Phase Transition in Photoexcited Semiconductors”


Professor Alexander Kemper

North Carolina State University


5:30 – 7:00 PM

Poster Session


Day 2 - Tuesday, December 8, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Quantum Materials Plenary Talk – “Hexagonal Perovskites as Quantum Materials”

Professor Robert Cava

Princeton University

Funding Agencies

12:00 – 12:30 PM

Funding Agency Talk – DARPA

Michael Fiddy, Former Project Manager, DARPA


12:30 – 1:00 PM

Funding Agency Talk – ARO

Evan Runnerstrom, Program Manager for Materials Design, ARO


1:00 – 1:30 PM

Funding Agency Talk – NSF

Miriam Deutsch, Program Manager, NSF

Shared Facilities

1:30 – 1:50 PM

“Presentation Representing Oak Ridge National Laboratory for Neutron Scattering Division”

Mark Lumsden

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)


1:50 – 2:10 PM

“Presentation Representing Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Center for Nanophase Materials Science”

Brad Lokitz, Research Scientist Center for Nanophase Materials Science

2:10 – 2:40 PM

“Catalyzing Triangle Research: the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN) and the Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF)”

Professor Jacob Jones

North Carolina State University


2:40 – 3:00 PM

“Presentation Representing Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility(SMiF) at Duke University”

Professor Nan Jokerst, Executive Director of SMiF

Mark Walters, Director of SMiF

3:30 – 4:00 PM

“Topics in Thermal Energy Recovery and Microwave Processing of Materials”

Professor Daryoosh Vashaee

North Carolina State University


4:00 – 4:30 PM

“Designing Rectifying and Energy Harvesting Silicon Nanostructures: From Asymmetric Electron Ratchets to Decuple-Junction Photovoltaics”

Professor James Cahoon

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

4:30 – 5:00 PM

“Adaptive Radiative Heat Management: A Multispectral  Chameleon for Building Energy Efficiency”

Professor Po-Chun Hsu

Duke University

3:30 – 4:00 PM

“Control of Emission and Energy Transfer with Nonlocal Metal−Dielectric Environments”

Professor Mikhail Noginov

Norfolk State University

4:00 – 4:30 PM

“Creating Nonlinear Metamaterials with Hot-Carrier Dynamics”

Professor Wenshan Cai

Georgia Institute of Technology

4:30 – 5:00 PM

“Butterfly scales and Nanostructures for Photovoltaics”

Professor Rene Lopez

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

3:30 – 4:00 PM

“Magnetism and Spin-Orbit Coupling in Van Der Waals Mott Insulators”

Professor Hae-young Kee

University of Toronto

4:00 – 4:30 PM

“Superconductivity and Quantum Criticality Linked by the Hall Effect in a Strange Metal”

Professor James Analytis

University of California – Berkeley

4:30 – 5:00 PM

“Exotic Superconductivity in Nearly Ferromagnetic UTe2

Professor Johnprierre Paglione

University of Maryland