Research areas range from Anomalous Correlated Electron Metals to Topological States of Matter.
Given that the alphabet of the periodic table can be used to write a nearly limitless variety of structural/chemical stories, it is essential to impose strategies to uncover materials with new states of matter and to address specific physics problems.
A challenge in studying condensed matter systems is to measure the intrinsic properties of a given compound, since chemical/structural disorder can often hide fundamental behavior. As such, many recent advances in our field stem from the relationship between advanced measurement techniques and improved sample quality.
A topological insulator is a time reversal symmetry preserving material with a non-trivial topological order, which behaves as an insulator in the bulk although its surface is conducting.