Tai Kong

Assistant Professor of Physics

Classification: Primary Faculty

Education: Ph.D., 2016, Iowa State University

Field of Study: Condensed Matter Physics

Research Interests: Our research focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of materials with novel magnetic and electronic properties, for the purposes of bettering our understanding and control of emergent electronic behavior in quantum materials. Our lab has a strong emphasis on discovering new material as well as single crystal growth. We use detailed structural, thermodynamic and transport measurements to study the physical properties of these new materials. Current fields of interest include low-dimensional magnetism, topological materials, strongly correlated phenomena and superconductivity.

Honors and Awards:

Outstanding Reviewer Award, IOP Publishing, 2017

Selected Publications:

1. T. Kong, K. Stolze, E. Timmons, J. Tao, D. Ni, S. Guo, Z. Yang, R. Prozorov, R. J. Cava, VI3-a new layered ferromagnetic semiconductor. Adv. Mater. 31 (2019) 1808074

2. T.-R. Chang, I. Pletikosic, T. Kong, G. Bian, A. Huang, J. Denlinger, S. K. Kushwaha, B. Sinkovic, H.-T. Jeng, T. Valla, W. Xie, R. J. Cava, Realization of a type-II nodal-line semimetal in Mg3Bi2. Adv. Sci. 6 (2019) 1800897

P. C. Canfield, T. Kong, U. S. Kaluarachchi, N. H. Jo, Use of frit-disc crucibles for routine and exploratory solution growth of single crystalline samples. Philos. Mag. 96 (2016) 84

3. T. Kong, S. L. Bud’ko, P. C. Canfield, Anisotropic Hc2, thermodynamic and transport measurements, and pressure dependence of Tc in K2Cr3As3 single crystals. Phys. Rev. B 91 (2015) 020507

4. A. I. Goldman, T. Kong, A. Kreyssig, A. Jesche, M. Ramazanoglu, K. W. Dennis, S. L. Bud’ko and P. C. Canfield, A family of binary magnetic icosahedral quasicrystals based on rare earths and cadmium. Nature Mater. 12 (2013) 714