How I got here

I got here by train.

Who I am

I'm a scientific staff member in the neutron scattering group of Dmytro Inosov at the Institut für Festkörper- und Materialphysik at the Technische Universität Dresden, in Dresden, Germany. I head a new crystal growth effort aimed mainly at frustrated magnetism in minerals and mineral-inspired materials. This includes physical characterization and diffraction to check what the materials are and determine what they do, leading to inelastic neutron scattering to figure out why they do it. In my spare time, I also hike, sightsee, and sometimes produce sarcasm.

Previously I was an Associate Professor in Shaolong He's group at the Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China (a small town of 7.5 million, a bit south of Shanghai - you've probably never heard of it). I built up a lab there to grow crystals, where I grew and characterized crystals and trained people to grow and characterize crystals.

I was previously a Xide Fellow (a position formerly known as Super-Postdoc, cape not included) in Donglai Feng's group at Fudan University, working on superconductors, topological materials, and strongly correlated antiferromagnets. Before that I was in Je-Geun Park's Emergent Phenomena Group, at Seoul National University, studying a mixture of frustrated magnetic materials and noncentrosymmetric superconductors. Before Seoul, in Keimer's department in Stuttgart, I researched oxides with helical magnetic phases, along with some superconductivity. Before that, my research was exclusively on superconductivity – cuprate high-temperature superconductors in UBC Vancouver's Superconductivity Group, and noncentrosymmetric superconductors in the Quantum Materials Group at Kyoto University. That's described on my Research webpage.

I TAed several courses at UBC-Vancouver, most notably Physics 352, a third-year lab in the Engineering Physics program.

While in grad school at UBC, I dabbled in university governance and land use planning, serving on several committees, AMS and GSS student councils, and the university's Board of Governors. My pet fire hydrant was only marginally less successful, losing the Board of Governors race several times, by as little as 6 votes.

Photo of me with Heike Kammerlingh-Onnes, who discovered superconductivity in 1911.