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October 2022: Megan and Dalmau travelled to the High Flux Isotope Reactor in Oak Ridge National Lab for the group's first in-person neutron experiment and got some fantastic data!

September 2022: We are thrilled to welcome Gargi Kodgirwar and Isaac Hoffman to the group. Gargi, who joins us from Leipzig University is starting her MSc working jointly with the group of Ke Zou and Isaac is doing his Honours thesis. 

The group was well-represented at the UBC-Max Planck-UTokyo meeting with Samikshya winning first prize and Mario receiving first runner up - congratulations!

July 2022: Samikshya, Mohamed, and Alannah journeyed to Amsterdam to attend the Strongly Correlated Electron Systems Meeting. The meeting was a great success - Samikshya gave an excellent contributed talk, Mohamed won an award for best poster, and Alannah received the Bryan R. Coles Prize.

May 2022: As we look forward to summer, we warmly welcome Dhruv Kush and Jocelyn Baker to group. Dhruv joins the group as an MSc student and Jocelyn is an undergrad researcher. 

Dhruv and Jocelyn join at an exciting moment, as we have just completed the installation of our two floating zone image furnaces

Alannah joined MIT's Pablo Jarillo Herrero to talk all things superconductor in a CIFAR Virtual Talk - check it out here!

April 2022: Sam and Alannah's tutorial article on interpreting magnetic susceptibility data is out now, published in Communications Physics. Read about the inspiration for this article here

This month, Samikshya, Mario, and Alannah also ventured to Toronto to attend the CIFAR Quantum Materials Meeting.

January 2022: We are thrilled to welcome Senior Scientist Dongjoon Song to the group. We look forward to learning the art of floating zone crystal growth from him!

November 2021: Over the last six months, Alannah has been exploring the intersection of arts and physics through a collaboration with artist Kahn Lee and QMI PhD student Rysa Greenwood through Ars Scientia. This collaboration culminated in a Symposium called "Signals and Apparatuses".  

September 2021: We are excited to welcome two PhD students to the group this year - Mario González and Megan Rutherford. Mario recently completed his MSc at Universidad de Guadalajara and Megan completed her MSc at McMaster University. Welcome!!

June 2021: Two of our collaborative works on mixed B-site pyrochlores were published this month. Click here to read about the interesting magnetism in Yb2GaSbO7 and Nd2GaSbO7!

May 2021: A warm welcome to Solveig Stubmo Aamlid and Gurleen Sandhu. Solveig joins QMI as a postdoc, working jointly with the Rottler and Hallas groups as part of the Disorder Grand Challenge. Gurleen, who is currently an undergraduate at McMaster University, was awarded an NSERC USRA and a Quantum Pathways award to undertake summer research at UBC.

April 2021: Congratulations to Sam for completing his research based course and delivering a beautiful final presentation. We will miss Sam in the lab this summer as he starts a co-op work term.

April 2021: Our research update (brief review article) on non-oxide pyrochlores is published in Physical Review Materials! Read all about it here.

March 2021: The Hallas and Aronson groups had a big showing at the 2021 March Meeting. Congrats to Graham Johnstone (Y37.00007), Mohamed Oudah (C47.00008), Jannis Maiwald (M20.00003), Jörn Bannies (E51.00003), and Xiyang Li (Y39.00011) for delivering excellent talks.

January 2021: Congratulations to Mohamed Oudah, who has started a new role at SBQMI as a Research Associate in the Hallas Group working on the Entropy Grand Challenge.

December 2020: Alannah received a UBC Science Co-Op Supervisor Recognition Award on the nomination of Sam Mugiraneza. We were thrilled to have Sam work with us for 8 months this year and stay tuned for his forthcoming paper!

October 2020: Alannah did an interview with Sheryl MacKay for CBC Radio One's NXNW! Listen in here.

August 2020: Alannah has just been named a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar for 2020-2022. Read all about it here

June 2020: The group happily welcomed its two newest members: a Bruker powder x-ray diffractometer and a Zeiss microscope camera. 

March 2020: We've received the keys to our beautiful, newly renovated lab. Let's grow some crystals!

January 2020: Happy New Year and welcome to our two newest group members, Samikshya Sahu, who joins us after completing her BSc-MSc at IISER Bhopal and Sam Mugiraneza, a UBC chemistry undergrad who is joining us for a co-op term. Welcome Samikshya and Sam! A busy start to the year - Alannah, Graham, and Sam traveled to College Park, Maryland to attend the Fundamentals of Quantum Materials Winter School

November 2019: Welcome to our newest group member -- a Quantum Design MPMS3 with all the bells and whistles (helium-3, ac susceptibility, horizontal rotator, and oven)! 

September 2019: We are excited to welcome Dalmau Reig-i-Plessis to the group! Dalmau recently completed his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the group of Greg MacDougall.

July 2019: Graham Johnstone joins the group as a research assistant and will begin his MSc this fall. Welcome Graham!

April 2019: Alannah presented some recent results and the plan for her high-pressure synthesis lab at the CIFAR Quantum Materials Program Meeting in Vancouver. Our work on the discovery of a new family of diluted honeycomb compounds was published in Inorganic Chemistry.

March 2019:  Our discovery of Lu2Rh2O7, a material that acts a lot like a metal but is not a good conductor of electricity, was published in npj Quantum Materials! This month Alannah also traveled to the Spallation Neutron Source to perform an experiment on Corelli and attended the APS March Meeting in Boston.

January 2019: Alannah traveled to the University of Maryland in College Park to attend the Fundamentals of Quantum Materials Winter School, where she gave a lecture on crystal growth and disorder in magnetically frustrated materials. The school concluded with a one day workshop entitled Progress on Fundamentals of SmB6.

December 2018: Our comprehensive study of the Kondo lattice compound YbRh3Si7, lead by Emilia Morosan, was published in Physical Review X! A brief description of this work can be found in the press release from Rice University.

November 2018: Alannah spoke at Science in a Flash, an event hosted by Rice University's Natural Sciences Homecoming. Her talk discusses the search for new materials and how this research will enable the technologies of the future. 

October 2018: Alannah enjoyed returning to TRIUMF for a week long muon spin resonance experiment on several new materials that were recently discovered in the Morosan Lab!

July 2018: Alannah gave an invited talk at the International Conference on Magnetism (ICM) in San Francisco. Highlights of the week included the plenary talk by Satoru Nakatsuji, the conference banquet at the Exploratorium, and a day trip to see redwoods in beautiful Muir forest.

June 2018: Alannah attended the American Conference on Neutron Scattering in College Park, MD to deliver her prize talk for the NSSA's Prize for Outstanding Student Research. The cherry on top was having her talk sketchnoted by Rob Dimeo, the Director of NIST's Center for Neutron Research!