Message to members of the APS Division of Materials Physics
Approved by Charles Ahn, 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 2019 (March 4–8, 2019 in Boston).

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 2019 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 p.m. EST on Monday, February 26, 2018. 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 prior examples here)
  • 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 2018 DMP focus topics is included below.
If you have any questions or would like assistance in the preparation of your proposal, please contact DMP 2019 Program Chair Nitin Samarth (

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


Nitin Samarth, DMP Vice Chair and 2019 Program Chair
Amanda Petford-Long, DMP Chair-elect and 2018 Program Chair

DMP Led Focus Topics for 2018
7.1.1 Dielectric and Ferroic Oxides (same as 11.1.1, 16.1.13) (DMP/DCOMP)
7.1.2 Topological Materials: Synthesis, Characterization and Modeling (DMP)
7.1.3 Dirac and Weyl Semimetals (DMP)
7.1.4 Organometallic Halide Perovskites; Photovoltaics and Beyond (DMP)
7.1.5 5d/4d Transition Metal Systems (DMP)
8.1.2 Dopants and Defects in Semiconductors (same as 16.1.14) (DMP/DCOMP)
9.1.1 Fe-based Superconductors (same as 16.1.15) (DMP/DCOMP)
9.1.2 Topological Superconductivity (DMP)
12.1.1 2D Materials: Synthesis, Defects, Structure and Properties
12.1.2 2D Materials: Semiconductors (Same as 16.1.16) (DMP/DCOMP)
12.1.3: Devices from 2D Materials: Function, Fabrication and Characterization (DMP)
12.1.4 2D materials: metals, superconductors, and correlated materials (DMP)
12.1.6 Van der Waals Bonding in Advanced Materials (same as 16.1.17) (DMP/DCOMP)
12.1.7 Computational Discovery and Design of Novel Materials (same as 16.1.1) (DMP/DCOMP)
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 Materials for Post-Moore Computing (DMP)
13.1.5 Assembly and Behavior of Hierarchical Materials (DMP)
14.1.1 Surface Science of Organic Molecular Solids, Films and nanostructures (DMP)