About Us

quantum materials about us

The Quantum Materials group, created by Siân Dutton and Suchitra Sebastian in 2015, is based in the new Maxwell Centre in the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge.

Our research deals with complex quantum materials in which collective quantum behaviour emerges, exhibiting dramatically different properties from well-understood individual electron behaviour. In the Quantum Materials group, we seek to discover and understand new and exotic quantum phases of matter.

Our research involves tuning the organisation of electrons within advanced materials by using extreme conditions including low temperatures, high applied pressures, and ultra-large magnetic fields. Under these conditions, experiments reveal new material universes in which billions and billions of electrons interact with each other to reveal surprising and unpredictable macroscopic quantum entangled phases.

Research highlights

Suchitra Sebastian


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Siân Dutton


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Cavendish Laboratory,

19 J J Thomson Avenue,

Maxwell Center