Transition metal chalcogenides under extreme pressure

The aim of this research project is to study the high-pressure phase diagram of transition metal chalcogenides. Combining several fully ab initio and state-of-the-art methods, we are searching for new high-pressure structures, determine electronic and vibrational properties of stable structures, as well as calculate their electron-phonon coupling (EPC), superconducting properties, and instabilities towards charge-density wave (CDW) ordering.

By doing so, this project contributes to obtain a more complete picture of the high-pressure phase diagram of TMCs, providing a solid foundation for future high-pressure research. In addition, the results of this project help to (i) clarify the effects of high-pressure on atomic bonding, (ii) improve the understanding of the mechanisms behind SC and charge order under pressure, and (iii) shed light on the interactions between coexisting SC and CDW order in these materials.

This project is supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

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Superconducting hydrides under high pressure

Due to its low atomic mass leading to high energy vibrational modes, hydrogen has been under consideration for conventional high-Tc superconductivity since 1968 (Ashcroft, PRL 21, 1748). Metallicity is a prerequisite for superconductivity and while it has not yet been possible to get pure hydrogen in a metallic state experimentally, Drozdov, (Nature volume 525, pages 73–76) reported superconductivity above 200 K in sulfur-hydride at approx. 200 GPa pressure. Since then the research field of superconducting hydrides has expanded greatly and several new, fascinating highest-Tc superconductors have been investigated in the hunt for room temperature superconductivity at ambient pressures.

This research project is performed in close collaboration with the groups of Prof. Lilia Boeri at the Sapienza University of Rome and of Prof. Elena Roxana Margine at the Binghamton University, SUNY, USA.

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Superconductivity in organic nanomaterials

In this externally funded research project we are investigating the electron-phonon mediated superconductivity in carbon-based, low- dimensional systems, such as nanosheets and nanoribbons, and using ab initio calculations and machine learn- ing, we design and predict new superconducting structures and materials.

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Latest Publication
Lucas Eduardo Corrêa, Pedro Pires Ferreira, Leandro Rodrigues de Faria, Vitor M. Fim, Mario S. da Luz, Milton S. Torikachvili, Christoph Heil, Luiz T. F. Eleno and Antonio J. S. Machado Superconductivity in Te-Deficient ZrTe2 Publikation in PURE anzeigen
Pedro Pires Ferreira, Lewis J. Conway, Alessio Cucciari, Simone Di Cataldo, Federico Giannessi, Eva Kogler, Luiz Eleno, Chris Pickard, Christoph Heil and Lilia Boeri Search for ambient superconductivity in the Lu-N-H system Publikation in PURE anzeigen
Roman Lucrezi, Eva Kogler, Simone Di Cataldo, Markus Aichhorn, Lilia Boeri and Christoph Heil Quantum lattice dynamics and their importance in ternary superhydride clathrates Publikation in PURE anzeigen
Roman Lucrezi, Pedro Pires Ferreira, Markus Aichhorn and Christoph Heil Temperature and quantum anharmonic lattice effects on stability and superconductivity in lutetium trihydride Publikation in PURE anzeigen
Roman Lucrezi, Pedro Pires Ferreira, Samad Hajinazar, Hitoshi Mori, Hari Paudyal, Elena Roxana Margine and Christoph Heil Full-bandwidth anisotropic Migdal-Eliashberg theory and its application to superhydrides Publikation in PURE anzeigen
Kapildeb Dolui, Lewis J. Conway, Christoph Heil, Timothy A. Strobel, Rohit P. Prasankumar and Chris J. Pickard Feasible Route to High-Temperature Ambient-Pressure Hydride Superconductivity Publikation in PURE anzeigen