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A New Era of Cooperative Tie between Taiwan and the Baltic States - the Opening Ceremony of Taiwan and the Baltic States Research Center on Physics

National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan and University of Latvia have had successful scientific cooperation for years. The professors of the joint team decided to form a research center on physics between Taiwan and the Baltic States. The center was named Taiwan and the Baltic States Research Center on Physics (TBRCP) and had its grand opening on the 12th of March, 2020 at the Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL).

The opening ceremony of TBRCP was accompanied by nine delegates of NSYSU, representatives of the Taipei Mission in the Republic of Latvia, members of the Parliament of Latvia, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Science and Education, University of Latvia and ISSP UL. During the ceremony, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Senior Vice President of NSYSU, Dr. Yang-Yi Chen and Prorector of LU, Prof. Valdis Segliņš, and then the ribbon-cutting ceremony was performed. After the ceremonial opening, lectures were held on the current topics in physics by researchers from both ISSP UL and NSYSU.

Andy Chin, the Representative of Taipei Mission in the Republic of Latvia gave a remark and mentioned that the establishment of TBRCP would strengthen the cooperative relationship between Taiwan and the Baltic States. Dr. Mitch Chou, the Vice President of NSYSU remarked the aim of the TBRCP was to promote bilateral exchange of education and scientific research collaboration, specialising in Condensed Matter Physics, Material Science and Optoelectronics. Functionalities of the Center include student and professor exchange visits, usage of measurement devices for research, along with mutually beneficial seminars about the latest methods and results. Director of ISSP LU, Dr. Mārtiņš Rutkis congratulated the inauguration of TBRCP and hoped it a significant step toward more international innovative projects and scientific discoveries.

Institute of Solid State Physics

In over 40 years of experience, the Institute is internationally recognised and a leading research center in Latvia. Currently, the Institute employs about 100 highly qualified doctors, besides conducts internationally competitive research, educates students and offers innovative research solutions for industrial needs.

https://www.cfi.lu.lv/
National Sun Yat-sen University

One of Taiwan’s top five-ranked research university, NSYSU consists of 7 Colleges, 21 Departments, 17 Graduate institutes, 56 Master’s and 31 PhD degree programs having more than 9,500 students along with 510 faculty members. In the QS World University Ranking by Subject in 2019, 15 subjects are recognized and 10 research fields entered the global top 1 % in Essential Science Indicators (ESI) ranking in 2020.

http://www.nsysu.edu.tw/?Lang=en

ABOUT

Taiwan Consortium of Emergent Crystalline Materials (TCECM) was established in National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) with the funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of Taiwan in May 2012. As part of the consortium, Dr. Mitch Chou’s laboratory has become the key role of the TCECM, with the goal to develop novel crystalline materials and growth technologies. In addition, the TCECM is devoted to cultivate talents with core knowledge and skills for the fields of crystal growth science and technology.

With the support of the new funding from the Ministry of Education (MOE), TCECM is officially re-named as the “Center of Crystal Research” in February 2018.

Mitch Ming-Chi Chou, Ph.D.
Mitch Ming-Chi Chou, Ph.D.
  • Vice President, Office of Research and Development, NSYSU
  • Chair Professor, Department of Materials and Optoelectronic Science, NSYSU
  • Ph.D., University of Central Florida, FL, USA

Center of Crystal Research

Crystalline material is one of the national tactical resources, and the growth of crystals is an important way to explore novel materials. Growing single crystals is a time-consuming process and there is no simple turn-key solution.

Crystalline materials are classified into two main categories:
  1. Crystals for condensed matter physics, including high temperature superconductor, magnetic crystals, skyrmion, heavy fermion and topological insulator.
  2. Crystals for laser, nonlinear optics, semiconductor, piezoelectric material, compound semiconductor, oxide substrate, medical image and high energy physics.

This Center has the capacity to grow crystals in both categories. Further, we also have the knowledge and experience to design crystal growth furnaces for different applications.

The research team is led by Chair Professor Mitch M.C. Chou from the Department of Materials and Optoelectronic Science at NSYSU. Dr. Chou has extensive experience in the field of crystal growth science and he received the “Award for Outstanding Contributions in Science and Technology” from the Executive Yuan of Taiwan in 2014.

CRYSTALS

  • Sapphire α-Al2O3 Sapphire α-Al2O3
  • Doubly-doped scintillator Ca+Ce:(Lu1-yYy)2-xSiO5 Doubly-doped scintillator Ca+Ce:(Lu1-yYy)2-xSiO5
  • Crystals for Quantum Memory Crystals for Quantum Memory
  • Ce:Y3Al5O12 (YAG) and Yb:YAG Ce:Y3Al5O12 (YAG) and Yb:YAG
  • Laser crystals and nonlinear crystals Laser crystals and nonlinear crystals
  • Topological insulator and topological superconductor Topological insulator and topological superconductor

RESEARCH TOPICS

Exploration of new high temperature superconductor (HTSC)

Explore superconductors containing rare earth (RE) elements. The guiding idea is from both BCS theory and Jahn-Teller (JT) effect.

High power laser crystal and nonlinear optical crystal

Develop highly doped laser crystal Yb: Y3Al5O12(YAG) and Nd: Gd3Ga5O12(GGG) and other nonlinear crystals. We have the capacity to process these crystals and build a laser cavity.

Thermoelectric crystal and theoretical phase diagram

A thermoelectric material creates voltage when there is temperature difference on each side. This effect can be used to generate electricity and measure the temperature of objects.

Soft crystalline material

Synthesize and design soft material with long range order crystal structure, including the preparation of mesoporous materials templated by block copolymers and metal-organic framework, which could be used in gas storage, chemical sensing and energy storage.

FACILITIES

The Center of Crystal Research has 12 growth furnaces in the lab for bulk crystals grown by multi-functional Czochralski pulling method (Cz), resistance heating floating zone (RHFZ), Bridgeman method, and flux growth method. In addition, a hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) furnace for the epitaxial growth of III-V compound semiconductor, a Molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) for the growth of Zn1-xMgxO multiple quantum well (MQW) devices and several chemical vapor deposition (CVD) furnaces for the growth of nanomaterials. The Center also has the capacity of analyzing the microstructure and defects of crystalline materials, including TEM, Raman spectra, AFM, and high resolution XRD.

  • Czochralski (Cz) furnace Czochralski (Cz) furnace
  • Multifunctional Czochralski furnace Multifunctional Czochralski furnace
  • Hydride Vapour Phase Epitaxy (HVPE) Hydride Vapour Phase Epitaxy (HVPE)
  • Resistance-heated floating zone (RHFZ) Resistance-heated floating zone (RHFZ)
  • Bridgman–Stockbarger furnace Bridgman–Stockbarger furnace
  • Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity measuring system Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity measuring system
  • Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE)
  • Raman Spectroscopy Raman Spectroscopy

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