Assistant Professor of Physics Lu Li is selected to receive the 2015 Outstanding Young Researcher Award,  OYRA (Macronix Prize) given by the International Organization of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers (OCPA).

Professor Li received the award, "For his experimental contribution to understanding novel electronic magnetic phases in strongly correlated materials, including fluctuation diamagnetism in high Tc superconductors, high field valley polarized phase in bismuth, negative compressibility and 2-dimensional ferromagnetism in oxide heterointerface, and quantum oscillations in a topological Kondo insulator."

Dr. Li is an outstanding young experimental condensed matter physicist who has made seminal contributions to quantum correlated physics in novel phases of materials. His work included studies of magnetically ordered and superconducting oxide interfaces, phase transitions between Dirac electron states in elemental Bismuth, and Nernst effect and high resolution magnetization studies of fluctuating vortex states in high temperature superconductors above their critical temperatures. He also examines the quantum oscillations in Kondo insulator samarium hexaboride. Dr. Li developed innovative experimental tools, in particular new torque magnetometry techniques, with significant gains in sensitivity to explore crucial signatures of these novel phenomena in new materials at low temperatures and in high magnetic fields, which brought this science to fruition.

Dr. Li’s research focuses on quantum correlated materials. A well-known example of quantum-correlated materials is the high temperature superconductor, in which dominating strong interactions bring promise to the goal of electricity transfer without energy loss. Dr. Li’s major contribution is to develop and extend conventional magnetometry techniques to these unconventional materials. He made the technique work not only for single atomic layered interface, but in extreme conditions such as in temperatures colder than negative 459 degrees Fahrenheit and in magnetic fields 1 million times more powerful than the Earth's magnetic field.

Professor Li will receive a monetary award thanks to the generous support of the Macronix Education Foundation.

The International Organization of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers (OCPA) gives the OYRA (Macronix Prize) annually to one to two physicist(s) and/or astronomer(s) of Chinese ethnicity working in North America, Europe, or other regions outside Asia, to encourage and recognize the young researcher’s contributions in physics or astronomy.