The Center for Correlated Matter (CCM) was established in 2012 by Zhejiang University. Prof. Frank Steglich, the discoverer of heavy fermion superconductivity and an Emeritus Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Germany, was appointed as the founding director of the CCM. The director'’s work is assisted Prof. Huiqiu Yuan, who initiated founding of the new center by the university. As a special research unit in the university, the CCM is currently affiliated with the Division of Science. Its mission is to become a competitive center both nationally and internationally, for the study of correlated matter, in particular heavy fermion systems.
The CCM is dedicated to researching at the frontiers of correlated materials. Special attention is paid to the emergent quantum phases and concomitant phenomena, arising from their tunable many-body electron interactions. Current research interests at the center includes heavy fermion physics, unconventional superconductivity, quantum phase transitions, Kondo lattice and mixed - valence behavior, spin liquids and Mott transitions. We synthesize and search for new materials, measure various physical quantities under multiple extreme conditions of low temperatures, high pressure and high magnetic fields using state-of-the-art techniques, and explore their complex properties via theoretical models and numerical simulations. At the center, experimentalists and theorists work closely together to identify, probe and unravel the challenges of correlated matter.
The CCM is a highly international institution, where the faculty members and postdoctoral fellows come from number of different countries. At present, the center has seven faculty members: Prof. Frank Steglich (director and pioneer of heavy fermion physics), Prof. Fuchun Zhang (awardee of the National Thousand Talent Program), Prof. Huiqiu Yuan (executive deputy director and Chang-Jiang Scholar professor), Prof. Stefan Kirchner and Prof. Xin Lu (awardees of the Thousand Talent Program of Zhejiang Province), Prof. Yang Liu (awardee of the National Junior Thousand Talent Program) and Prof. Han-oh Lee. In addition, the center hosts a number of short-term and long-term visiting scientists every year.
The CCM has already developed a network of worldwide collaboration. We are a partner group of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids at Dresden, Germany. In 2015, a Sino-German Cooperation Group on Emergent Correlated Matter was funded by the Sino-German Promotion Center, which supports international cooperation between the Center for Correlated Matter and the Center for Electronic Correlations and Magnetism at the University of Augsburg, the Institute of Physics at Goethe University in Frankfurt, as well as groups at Peking University and the Institute of Physics, CAS. Other institutions, which have collaborated closely with the center, include Los Alamos National Laboratory, Rice University, Rutgers University, the University of Illinois at Urbana and Champaign, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Florida State University, the University of California at Irvine, the University of Texas at Dallas (USA) as well as the Universities of Bonn (Germany), Cambridge(UK), Tokyo (Japan) and Seoul (Korea).