Welcome to Prassides Lab

Our research interests are multi-disciplinary and encompass a range of structural, dynamic, magnetic, and electronic problems in contemporary materials science, straddling condensed matter physics and chemistry and impact on diverse sectors of science and technology, both via materials with new figures of merit for near-term applications and by generating new properties which challenge accepted understanding.

We use core chemical approaches to access unusual structures and electronic, conducting, and magnetic ground states and probe the physics in key proof-of-concept materials, including mixed valency systems, porous framework materials, low-dimensional magnetic solids and photo-switchable molecular magnets, intermetallic Kondo insulators, superconducting oxides, borides, and pnictides, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes and heterofullerenes, and their superconducting and ferromagnetic derivatives.

What's new

  • 1 April 2017
    Our laboratory joined the π-System Figuration project funded by KAKENHI under the Innovative Areas program.
  • 1 April 2017
    A new member, Dr Martina Vrankic joined our laboratory as a Research Associate..
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  • 29 March 2017
    Farewell dinner for Dr Melita Menelaou.
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  • 27 March 2017
    Our research work has been highlighted in AiMResearch under the title: Superconductivity: Fixing electron instability with a dab of molecular glue
  • 20 March 2017
    Kosmas Prassides gave an invited talk (New quantum spin liquid states purely from carbon π-electrons) at a symposium entitled "Emergent phenomena in π-electron systems" at the 72nd Japan Physical Society Annual Meeting held at Osaka University.
  • 17 February 2017
    A paper entitled “Upper critical field reaches 90 tesla near the Mott transition in fulleride superconductors” was published in Nature Communications.
    The following press release was issued by Tohoku University (Japanese).
  • 13 February 2017
    Group members gave poster presentations at the AIMR International Symposium 2017 (AMIS2017) on “The 10th Anniversary of AIMR congratulating Mathematics-Materials Science Collaboration” held in Sendai. Their presentations were as follows:
    Ioannis Arvanitidis: “Pressure response of the mixed valence RE2.75C60 (RE: Sm, Eu) fullerides studied by Raman spectroscopy”,
    Yasuhiro Takabayashi: “Quantum spin-liquid state in a π-electron carbon system”,
    Melita Menelaou: “Insulator-to-metal transition in overexpanded RbxCs3-xC60 close to Mott boundary”,
    Takeshi Nakagawa: “Orbital mixing and valence transitions in (Sm1-xCax)2.75C60 fullerides”,
    Robert Sobota: “High-pressure investigations of C60-based molecular superconductors with diamond anvil cells”, and
    Yongbing Shen: “Crystal structure of (Li+@C60•-)2: a dimerized endohedral metallofullerene”.
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  • 27 January 2017
    Kosmas Prassides gave a Plenary Lecture entitled "π-figuration: towards Designer Functional Materials" at the 3rd International Symposium on π-System Figuration held in Nagoya.
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  • 16 January 2017
    A new member, Visiting Associate Professor Ioannis Arvanitidis from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki joined our laboratory.
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