Quantum Materials for an Electronics Revolution
Imagine a world in which modern electronics do not overheat and power is cheap and can be transported anywhere. Such a world would be within our grasp if a room—temperature superconductor—a material that has no electrical resistance—could be developed. The technologies that would emerge from such a discovery would completely change the world and lead to an electronics revolution that would rival the silicon revolution of the 1970s. However, much like in that revolution, the first step towards understanding the properties of new materials lies in obtaining high-quality, single crystals.
Dr. Christopher Wiebe, Canada Research Chair in Quantum Materials Discovery, is researching the synthesis and crystal growth of quantum materials—new materials that have unusual electronic and magnetic properties. Many of the current problems facing the development of new electronic devices involve our understanding of materials the interactions of which often result in new and surprising properties.
Wiebe is helping establish a new facility that will help define and synthesize new materials. He is using a process known as "neutron scattering" to help reveal the secrets of quantum materials.
Wiebe’s research will lead to improved understanding about quantum materials that will drive modern technology and will result in innovative devices.