Message to members of the APS Division of Materials Physics
Approved by Robert Nemanich, DMP Secretary/Treasurer
This email is a call for new DMP focus topic proposals for the DMP sessions of the APS March Meeting 2017.

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 2017 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 Friday, March 4, 2016. Please include:
  • Descriptive title of the focus topic
  • The nominator’s name, affiliation, phone number and e-mail 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 complete list of the 2016 focus topics is included in this mailing. Full descriptions of the 2016 focus topics can be found on the APS website.

If you have any questions or would like assistance in the preparation of your proposal, please contact DMP Chair John Mitchell.

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


Dan Dessau, DMP Vice Chair and 2017 Program Chair
Michael Flatté, DMP Chair-Elect and 2016 Program Chair

DMP Led Focus Topics for 2016 (More details)

7.1.1: Dielectric and Ferroic Oxides
7.1.2: Topological Materials: Synthesis and Characterization
7.1.4: Strongly spin-orbit coupled oxides/emergent entwinement
7.1.5: Organometal Halide Perovskites; Photovoltaics and beyond
8.1.2: Dopants and Defects in Semiconductors
9.1.1: Fe-based Superconductors
12.1.1: 2D materials: synthesis, defects, structure and properties
12.1.2: 2D materials: semiconductors
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
12.1.7: Computational Discovery and Design of New Materials
13.1.1: Nanostructures and Metamaterials
13.1.2: Many-body perturbation theory for electronic excitations in materials
13.1.3: Electron, Ion, and Exciton Transport in Nanostructures
13.1.4: Complex Oxide Interfaces and Heterostructures
13.1.5: Thermoelectric Phenomena, Materials, Devices, and Applications
13.1.6: Mesoscopic Materials and Devices

DMP 2016 Co-Sponsored Focus Topics Led By Other APS Units

01.1.8: Organic Electronics and Photonics (DPOLY/DMP)
10.1.1: Magnetic Nanostructures: materials and phenomena (GMAG/DMP)
10.1.2: Emergent properties in bulk complex oxides (GMAG/DMP)
10.1.3: Magnetic oxide thin films and heterostructures (GMAG/DMP)
10.1.4: Spin transport and magnetization dynamics in metals-based systems (GMAG/DMP/FIAP)
10.1.5: Spin dependent phenomena in semiconductors (GMAG/DMP/FIAP)
10.1.6: Frustrated magnetism (GMAG/DMP)
10.1.7: Spin-orbit mediated chiral spin textures (GMAG/DMP)
10.1.8: Low-dimensional and molecular magnetism (GMAG/DMP)
16.1.2: Predicting and Classifying Materials Via High-Throughput Databases and Machine Learning (DCOMP/DMP)
16.1.7: Materials in Extremes: Bridging Simulation and Experiment (DCOMP/DMP/GSCCM)
19.1.4: Optical Spectroscopic Measurements of 2D Materials (GIMS/DMP)