Message to members of the APS Division of Materials Physics
Approved by Robert Nemanich, DMP Secretary/Treasurer
Dear DMP Membership,

This email is a call for new DMP focus topic proposals for the DMP sessions of the APS March Meeting 2018 (March 5-9, 2018 in Los Angeles).

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 2018 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 Robert Nemanich ( by Monday, February 27, 2017. 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 (see examples)
  • 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 2017 DMP focus topics is included in this mailing. Full descriptions of the 2017 focus topics can be found on the DMP website.

If you have any questions or would like assistance in the preparation of your proposal, please contact DMP 2018 Program Chair Amanda Petford-Long (

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


Amanda Petford-Long, DMP Vice Chair and 2018 Program Chair
Dan Dessau, DMP Chair-elect and 2017 Program Chair

DMP Led Focus Topics for 2017 (more details)
7.1.1: Dielectric and Ferroic Oxides [Same as 11.1.1]
7.1.2: Topological Materials: Synthesis, Characterization, and Modeling
7.1.3: Dirac and Weyl semimetals (same as 12.1.10)
7.1.4: Organometal Halide Perovskites: Photovoltaics and Beyond [Same as 12.1.11]
8.1.2: Dopants and Defects in Semiconductors
9.1.1: Fe-based Superconductors {same as 16.1.15]
9.1.2: Topological Superconductivity
12.1.1: 2D Materials: Synthesis, Defects, Structure and Properties
12.1.2: 2D Materials: Semiconductors [Same as 8.1.7]
12.1.3: Devices from 2D Materials: Function, Fabrication and Characterization
12.1.4: 2D Materials: Metals, Superconductors, and Correlated Materials
12.1.5: Carbon Nanotubes and Related Materials: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications
12.1.6: Van der Waals Bonding in Advanced Materials [same as 16.1.6]
12.1.7: Computational Discovery and Design of Novel Materials
13.1.1: Nanostructures and Metamaterials
13.1.2: Electron, Exciton, and Heat Transport in Nanostructures
13.1.3: Complex Oxide Interfaces and Heterostructures
13.1.4: Thermoelectric phenomena, materials, devices
14.1.1: Surface Science of Organic Molecular Solids, Films, and Nanostructures