Group Members

Alannah Hallas - Principal Investigator

Alannah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia. She heads the Quantum Materials Design Lab, which is part of the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute. Before coming to UBC, Alannah completed her PhD in physics as a Vanier Scholar at McMaster University and was the Smalley Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University. Having worked in both physics and chemistry departments, Alannah is passionate about taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study of quantum materials. When she's not growing crystals or at the beam line, Alannah loves cooking (and eating!), playing bridge, and watching baseball.

Contact: alannah.hallas@ubc.ca - 604-822-9646 - Brimacombe 470

Dalmau Reig-i-Plessis - Postdoc

Dalmau is an SBQMI postdoctoral fellow at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute. Dalmau received his PhD in physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working with Gregory MacDougall. During his graduate study Dalmau was awarded an SCGSR fellowship, which allowed him to spend 6 months at Oak Ridge National Lab working with Adam Aczel. Dalmau is driven to study quantum materials by the seemingly endless exotic phases they may display, and is particularly interested in magnetic materials due to the availability of powerful measurement techniques. At home Dalmau is interested in any crafts and hobbies that result in making things, or in distance running.

Graham Johnstone - Graduate Student

Graham received his Honours B.Sc from McMaster University's Integrated Science program. Graham joined the Hallas group in 2019 as a Masters student. His research interests include high entropy oxide systems, magnetic characterization, and crystal growth. Outside of work, he enjoys fantasy and science fiction novels, fencing, fitness, and cooking.

Graduate student, post-doc, and research associate positions are available!