About Our Research Group

Our research group is concerned with growing high quality single crystalline materials. Highly correlated systems are of particular interest, specifically, new systems exhibiting mixed valence, superconductivity, thermoelectric and magnetocaloric behavior. Efforts are placed on the synthesis, structures, electrical, magnetic, and transport properties of new materials to understand their crystal-chemistry. One way to change the properties of a material is to carefully tune the behavior by altering its chemistry. It is vital to grow high quality single crystals to perform intrinsic physical property measurements, including resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, thermopower, and heat capacity. Furthermore, measurements performed on single crystals allows for a fundamental correlation and determination of intrinsic properties.


Schmitt, D.C.; Drake, B.L.; McCandless, G.T.; Chan, J.Y., “Targeted Crystal Growth of Rare Earth Intermetallics with Synergistic Magnetic and Electrical Properties: Structural Complexity to Simplicity”, Acc. Chem. Res., 2015, 48, 612–618. DOI: 10.1021/ar5003895

Phelan, W.A.; Menard, M.C.;  Kangas, M.J.; McCandless, G.T.; Drake, B.; Chan, J.Y. “Adventures in Crystal Growth: Synthesis and Characterization of Single Crystals of Complex Intermetallic Compounds” Chem. Mater., 2012, 24, 409 – 420. DOI: 10.1021/cm2019873