Title : Adventures in Solid State Chemistry: from Theoretical Insight to Application-Driven Materials Design
Date : April 6th, 2021, Tuesday
Time : 17:30
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Meeting ID: 729 064 5404
Exploration of chemical factors that influence magnetic properties of solids is one of the major steps in the preparation of novel magnetic materials. The search for new magnets with improved performance requires fundamental understanding of correlations between the crystal and magnetic structures of existing materials, as well as innovative synthetic approaches that target the discovery of new magnets. In this talk, I will discuss our study of correlations between the electronic structure and phase transitions in EuCo2Pn2 (Pn = P, As) that revealed interesting effects of mixed valence and chemical bonding on the magnetic behavior of these materials. Then I will demonstrate how the fundamental understanding of itinerant magnetism can be leveraged to identify promising magnetocaloric materials, such as AlFe2B2, which can be used in practical magnetic refrigeration. The last part of the talk will show the use of ternary intermetallics as pre-catalysts for electrochemical oxidation of water.
Michael Shatruk was born in Lviv (Ukraine). He is currently a Professor of Inorganic and Materials Chemistry at Florida State University (FSU).
He obtained his PhD in Chemistry from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2000, under the supervision of Prof. Andrei Shevelkov. Michael continued his studies in Chemistry as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof.
Stephen Lee at Cornell University, working on 4-D crystallography of intermetallics with incommensurate structures (2001-2003), followed by another postdoctoral stint with Prof. Kim Dunbar at Texas A&M University (2003-2007), where Michael discovered for himself a fascinating field of molecular magnetism. He joined the FSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2007. His research interests focus on magnetostructural correlations in solid state and molecular magnets, including itinerant magnetism, magnetocaloric effect, mixed valence, spin transitions in complexes of 3d metal ions and in organic radicals, and general design and preparation of functional materials. Michael is the recipient of the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, the ExxonMobil Solid-State Chemistry Fellowship from the American Chemical Society, and multiple teaching and research awards from FSU. He also currently serves as an FSU liaison to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.