Department of Chemistry

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Julia Chan, Ph.D.

Solid State and Materials Chemistry


B. S. 1993, Baylor University, Waco, TX
Ph.D. 1998, University of California, Davis, CA
NRC Postdoctoral Associate, 1998-2000
National Institute of Standards and Technology, MSEL, Ceramics Division

Research Description

Our research is focused on crystal growth, structure (X-ray and neutron), and characterization (electrical, magnetic, transport) of intermetallics and oxides for energy applications, including:

  1. Highly correlated electronic materials
  2. Magnetic frustrated materials
  3. Search and discovery of intermetallics with low thermal conductivity

Selected Publications

  • Schmitt, D.C.; Drake, B.; McCandless, G.T.; Chan, J.Y., “Targeted Crystal Growth of Rare Earth Intermetallics with Synergistic Magnetic and Electrical Properties: Structural Complexity to Simplicity”, Acc. Chem. Res., 2015, 48, 612–618.

  • Rai, B.K; Oswald, I. W. H.; Wang, J.K.; McCandless, G.T.; Chan, J.Y.; Morosan, E., “Superconductivity In Single Crystals of Lu3T4Ge13-X (T = Co, Rh, Os) And Y3T4Ge13-X (T = Ir, Rh, Os)”, Chem. Mater., 2015, 27, 2488–2494.

  • Fulfer, B.W.; McAlpin, J.D.; McCandless, G.T.; Prestigiacomo, J.; Stadler, S.; Engelkemier, J.; Fredrickson, D.C.; Chan, J.Y. “Filling in the holes: Structural and magnetic properties of single crystalline LnMxGa3 (Ln = Ho-Tm; M = Cr, Mn; x = 0-0.15)”, Chem. Mater., 2014, 26, 1170–1179.

  • Quetz, A.; Tapas, S.; Dubenko, I.; Kangas, M.J.; Chan, J.Y.; Stadler, S.; Naushad, A., “Phase diagram and magnetocaloric effects in aluminum doped MnNiGe alloys”, J. Appl. Phys. 2013, 114, 153909

  • Ishii, R.; Gautreaux, D.; Onuma K.; Nakatsuji, S; Chan, J.Y. “Low-dimensional structure and magnetism of the quantum antiferromagnet Rb4Cu(MoO4)3 and the structure of Rb4Zn(MoO4)3”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 7055–7061.

  • Menard, M.; Ishii, R.; Higo, T.; Nishibori, E.; Sawa, H.; Nakatsuji,S.; Chan, J.Y. “High resolution synchrotron studies of geometrically frustrated antiferromagnets AAl2S4 (A2+ = Mn2+, Fe2+, Co2+, Ni2+)”, Chem. Mater., 2011, 23, 3086–3094.

  • Phelan, W.A.; Menard, M.C.;  Kangas, M.J.; McCandless, G.T.; Drake, B.; Chan, J.Y. “Adventures in crystal growth: synthesis and structure properties relationships of highly correlated intermetallics” Chem. Mater., 2012, 24, 409 - 420.

  • Phelan, W. A.; Nguyen, G; Wang, J.; McCandless, G.T.; Morosan, E.; DiTusa, J.F.; Chan, J.Y., “Discovery of spin glass behavior in Ln2Fe4Sb5 (Ln = La –Nd and Sm)” Inorg. Chem., 2012, 51, 11412-11421.

  • Schmitt, D.C.; Haldolaarachchige; N.; Xiong, Y.;  Young, D.P.; Jin, R.;  Chan, J.Y., “Exceptionally low thermal conductivity in Gd117Co56Sn112 – A phonon glass–electron crystal system”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 5965–5973.

  • Schmitt, D.C.; Haldolaarachchige; N.; Prestigiacomo, J.;  Karki, A.;  Young, D.P.; Stadler,S.; Jin, R.; Adams, P.A.;  Chan, J.Y., “Structural complexity meets transport and magnetic anisotropy in Ln30Ru4+xSn31-y (Ln = Gd–Dy)”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 35, 2748–2758 (DOI: 10.1021/ja311779t).

  • Updated: July 6, 2016