About the Editors


Sang-Wook Cheong, PhD
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Rutgers University

Professor Cheong has made important contributions to the field of enhanced physical functionalities in complex materials originating from collective correlations and collective phase transitions. These include colossal magnetoresistive and colossal magnetoelectric effects in complex oxides, and mesoscopic self-organization in solids, including nanoscale charge stripe formation, mesoscopic electronic phase separation in mixed valent transition metal oxides and the formation of topological vortex domains in multiferroics.

Steven Kivelson, PhD
Dept. of Applied Physics
Stanford University

Professor Kivelson works on understanding the connections between the microscopic properties of electrons and molecules with the macroscopic and collective properties of materials, such as high-temperature superconductivity, quantum magnetism, quantum Hall effects and electronic liquid crystalline phases of matter. His current areas of focus include the theory of quantum liquid crystalline phases of highly correlated electronic fluids, the intertwined orders and the theory of high temperature superconductivity, the theory of spin liquids and other fractionalized quantum phases and the theory of the glass transition in super cool liquids. 

Deputy Editor

Jun-Ming Liu, PhD
State Key Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures
Nanjing University
Jiangsu, China

Professor Liu received his doctorate of materials science from Northwestern Polytechnic University in 1989, and then joined Nanjing University as a post-doctor where he was an associate professor of physics from 1992 and a full professor of physics in 1999. He has made seminal contributions to the synthesis and characterization of multiferroic materials and other complex transition metal oxides, and to the understanding of physics of rare-earth manganites with multiferroicity and colossal magnetoresistance. His current research of focus includes the physics of ferroelectrics, magnetoelectric coupling in multiferroic systems and statistical physics.

Executive Editor

Bo Liu

Bo joined Springer Nature as a scientific editor at Nature Communications in 2017, where he handled manuscripts on solar cells and semiconductor photo-physics. He joined the npj series as a Managing Editor in 2020, and was promoted to Executive Editor of the Physical and Applied Science npjs in October 2021. Prior to his editorial career, Bo graduated from Zhejiang University, China, and obtained a PhD in Physics at National University of Singapore. He also worked as a postdoc at the Graphene Research Center in Singapore and University of Washington, US. He is based in Shanghai.

Associate Editors

Riccardo Comin, PhD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA, USA

Professor Comin’s research explores the novel phases of matter that can be found in electronic solids with strong interactions, also known as quantum materials. In these systems, the interplay between different degrees of freedom – charge, spin, orbital, and lattice – leads to new flavors of emergent orders via the mechanism of electronic symmetry breaking. These phenomena include, among others: superconductivity, (anti)ferromagnetism, spin-density-waves, charge order, ferroelectricity, orbital order, and any combination thereof. Among the studied materials are transition metal-based compounds hosting exotic phases of quantum matter that include high-temperature superconductivity, complex magnetism, and charge/spin-density-waves.

Carsten Honerkamp, PhD
Institut für Theoretische Festkörperphysik
Aachen University
Aachen, Germany

Professor Honerkamp has authored many works on the development of the functional renormalization group method for fermions. Moreover, he has applied this and other many-body methods to investigate low-temperature quantum phases and the possibility for novel ground states in many important models for correlated electrons and material systems, including two-dimensional Hubbard models and its SU(N) variants, strontium ruthentates and iron pnictides and graphene-based systems.

Rongying Jin, PhD
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
University of South Carolina

Professor Jin is an experimental condensed matter physicist. She received her PhD from ETH Zurich in 1997. After post-doctoral research at Penn State University (1997-2000), she was a research staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 2000 to 2008. She joined Louisiana State University as an Associate Professor in 2009, then a full professor since 2012. Since August 2021, she became a SmartState Endowed Chair Professor and Director of Center for Experimental Nanoscale Physics at the University of South Carolina. Her expertise lies in novel quantum materials design and synthesis, single crystal growth, electrical, magnetic, and thermal properties measurements. The combined efforts enable her to discover new quantum phenomena in new materials such as unconventional superconductivity, unusual magnetism, and topologically protected phases.

Hae-Young Kee, PhD
Dept. of Physics
University of Toronto
Ontario, Canada

Hae-Young Kee is a professor of Physics at the University of Toronto, a Canada Research Chair in Theory of Quantum Materials, and a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in Quantum Materials. Kee is a theoretical physicist who specializes in condensed-matter physics of complex quantum materials including quantum spin liquids, topological phases, high temperature superconductors, and frustrated magnets.

Sergey Savrasov, PhD
Dept. of Physics
UC Davis

Professor Savrasov was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2001, as Associate Professor in UC Davis in 2005, and then Professor in 2008. Professor Savrasov pioneered implementation of full potential methods for electronic structure calculations, linear response lattice dynamics and the combination of density functional and dynamical mean field theories for the study of the Mott transition problem in actinides materials. His recent interests also include topological insulators and newly proposed Weyl semimetals systems. 

Takashi Takahashi, PhD
Advanced Inst. for Materials Research
Tohoku University
Tohoku, Japan

Professor Takahashi has studied a variety of materials by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, including cuprate high-Tc superconductors, Fe-based superconductors, MgB2 and related materials, graphite, graphite intercalation compounds, fullerenes, heavy-fermion materials, Kondo insulators, one-dimensional organic conductors and ladder and chain compounds. His current research focuses on topological insulators and related materials, graphene, transition-metal dichalcogenides and atomically thin Fe-based superconductors.

Hai-Hu Wen, PhD
Center for Superconducting Physics and Materials
Nanjing University
Jiangsu, China

Professor Wen is a full Professor of Physics at Nanjing University. His academic interests cover the exploration of new superconductors and the study of correlated electronic materials, pairing mechanisms in unconventional superconductors, vortex physics and other topics. He was the Director of the National Laboratory for Superconductivity of China (2000-2009) and the principal investigator and coordinator of the National Project on Fundamental Research of Superconductivity of China from 2005-2015.

Editorial Board Members

Charles Ahn, Yale University, USA
Fakher F. Assaad, Universität Würzburg, Germany
Bernd Büchner, The Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, Germany
Anton Burkov, University of Waterloo, Canada
Erica W. Carlson, Purdue University, USA
Laurent Chapon, Diamond Light Source, United Kingdom
Xianhui Chen, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Ulrike Diebold, TU Wien, Austria
Liang Fu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Peter Hirschfeld, University of Florida, USA
Jinfeng Jia, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
Tsuyoshi Kimura, University of Tokyo, Japan
Vidya Madhavan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Igor Mazin, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Maxim Mostovoy, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Janice L. Musfeldt, University of Tennessee, USA
Cewen Nan, Tsinghua University, China
Beatriz Noheda, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Paolo Radaelli, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Zhifeng Ren, University of Houston, USA
Jean-Marc Triscone, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Min Xiao, University of Arkansas, USA
Xincheng Xie, Peking University, China
Qikun Xue, Tsinghua University, China
Yang Yang, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Han Woong Yeom, POSTECH, Korea
Seiji Yunoki, RIKEN, Japan
Vivien Zapf, The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, USA
Fuchun Zhang, Zhejiang University, China
Shining Zhu, Nanjing University, China


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