Message to members of the APS Division of Materials Physics
Approved by Charles Ahn, DMP Chair
Dear DMP Membership,

This email is a call for new DMP focus topic proposals for the DMP sessions of the APS March Meeting 2020 (March 2–6, 2020 in Denver).

The Division of Materials Physics sponsors a wide range of focus topics as its primary structure for the March Meeting. Typically spanning several sessions throughout the March Meeting, focus topics allow an in-depth view of forefront materials physics research areas and connect invited speakers to associated contributed abstracts.

Each year, the existing set of focus topics is evaluated for inclusion in the next year's program. In addition, new candidates for focus topics are considered based on timeliness, an assessment of the community interest, and uniqueness with the existing DMP program and those of sister units. Ideas coming from the DMP community at large are an extremely important part of this process.

To that end, the DMP Executive Committee solicits your input for the 2020 focus topics slate. New focus topics should represent a significant topic that would support three or more March Meeting sessions (each session typically has one invited talk and 12 related contributed talks).

Please send proposed focus topics to DMP Secretary/Treasurer Charles Ahn ( by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 25, 2019. Please include:
  • Descriptive title of the focus topic
  • The nominator’s name, affiliation, phone number and email address
  • A brief abstract noting timeliness and uniqueness of the topic relative to the existing program
  • A description of the intended audience that supports the size and scope of a focus topic
  • Suggestions for possible organizers
  • Any additional information you would like to provide that will help the DMP Executive Committee in its decision-making process will be appreciated. For your reference, a list of the 2019 DMP focus topics is included below.
If you have any questions or would like assistance in the preparation of your proposal, please contact DMP 2020 Program Chair Toni Taylor (

Thank you in advance for your help in this extremely important part of planning for the future success of the DMP program.


Toni Taylor, DMP Vice Chair and 2020 Program Chair
Nitin Samarth, DMP Chair-elect and 2019 Program Chair

Focus Topics at APS March Meeting 2019

07.01.01 Topological materials: synthesis, characterization and modeling [same as

07.01.02 Dirac and Weyl semimetals: materials and modeling (DMP) [same as]

07.01.03 Topological superconductivity: materials and modeling [same as 09.01.02,,]

08.01.02 Dopants and defects in semiconductors [cosponsors: DCOMP, FIAP; same as 16.01.15,]

08.01.03 Dielectric and ferroic oxides [cosponsor: DCOMP; same as 11.01.01, 16.01.14,,,]

08.01.04 Organometal halide perovskites: photovoltaics and beyond [same as]

09.01.01 Fe-based Superconductors [cosponsor: DCOMP; same as 16.01.16,]

11.01.05: 5d/4d transition metal systems [same as]

12.01.01: 2D Materials: Synthesis, Defects, Structure and Properties [same as]

12.01.02: 2D Materials: Semiconductors [cosponsor: DCOMP; same as 16.01.17,]

12.01.03: Devices from 2D Materials: Function, Fabrication and Characterization [same as]

12.01.04: 2D Materials: Metals, Superconductors, and Correlated Materials [same as]

12.01.05: Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials [same as 16.01.13,,]

13.01.01: Nanostructures and Metamaterials [same as]

13.01.02: Electron, Exciton, and Phonon Transport in Nanostructures [same as]

13.01.03: Complex Oxide Interfaces and Heterostructures [same as]

13.01.04: Materials for Quantum Information Science [same as]

14.01.01: Surface Science of Organic Molecular Solids, Films, and Nanostructures [same as]

21.01.01 Thermoelectrics [cosponsor: GERA) [same as]