Symposium 2024

Frontiers in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics:
A Scientific Symposium in Honor of the 75th Birthday of Steven G. Louie
University of California at Berkeley, CA
Saturday, March 2, 2024

General Information

This is a one-day Scientific Symposium in honor of Professor Steven G. Louie’s 75th birthday. The Symposium will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at the University of California, Berkeley, and focus on forefront research topics in the fields of condensed matter physics and materials science, to which Professor Louie has made lasting contributions. The Symposium will begin in the morning and consist of a full day of invited talks by renowned scientists around the world, as well as poster sessions, followed by dinner and discussion in the evening. We are expecting attendance of more than 150 scientists.

For questions or concerns, contact local organizers: Maria Feng,, and Mit H. Naik,

Video compilation wishing Steve a Happy 75th Birthday


Registration is closed.

Suggested hotels

Residence Inn by Marriott (2121 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704)

Graduate Hotel (2600 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704)

Bancroft Hotel (2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704)

Aiden By Best Western (1499 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702)

Symposium Venue

The Symposium will be held at Physics North Lecture Hall 1 in the Department of Physics located behind the Campanile (watch tower) on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley (Map).

Organizing Committee

Diana Y. Qiu, Zhenglu Li, Felipe H. da Jornada, Jack Deslippe, Mit H. Naik, Jeffrey B. Neaton, Angel Rubio, Young-Woo Son, Li Yang, Maria Feng

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Ting Cao (University of Washington)

Yang-hao Chan (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)

Sangkook Choi (Korea Institute for Advanced Study)

Hyoung Joon Choi (Yonsei University)

Marina Filip (University of Oxford)

Feliciano Giustino (University of Texas, Austin)

Manos Kioupakis (University of Michigan)

Allan H. MacDonald (University of Texas, Austin)

Nicola Marzari (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)

Yoshiyuki Miyamoto (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)

Cheol-Hwan Park (Seoul National University)

Su Ying Quek (National University of Singapore)

Zhi-Xun Shen (Stanford University)

Feng Wang (University of California, Berkeley)

Li Yang (Washington University in St. Louis)

Yuanbo Zhang (Fudan University)



8:00 – 8:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast in Room 375, Physics North Hall.

The doors to the physics department are kept locked on weekends. Please send a text message to the organizers if you are unable to enter the building: Maria (+1 415 724 9143), Zhenglu (+1 510 520 6578) or Mit (+1 530 407 8091)

Welcome Session

Location: Room 1, Physics North Hall

 8:30-8:40 AMDiana Y. Qiu (Yale University)
Introduction Remarks/Logistics
 8:40-8:50 AMJeffrey B. Neaton (University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Welcoming Remarks
Scientific Session I – Two-Dimensional Materials and Moiré Physics
Chair: Tony F. Heinz (Stanford University)

Location: Room 1, Physics North Hall

Note: All science talks are 15 minutes of presentation + 5 minutes of discussion

8:50-9:10 AMAllan H. MacDonald (University of Texas, Austin)
Intra-Band Excitons in Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides MoiréFractional Chern Insulators
9:10-9:30 AMHyoung Joon Choi (Yonsei University)
Electronic and Phononic Structures of Twisted Transition Metal Dichalcogenides
9:30-9:50 AMFeng Wang (University of California, Berkeley)
Explore exciton physics in low dimensional materials
9:50-10:10 AMTing Cao (University of Washington)
New Theoretical Insights into MoiréSolids from Machine Learning
Coffee Break and Symposium Photo (10:10-10:40 AM)

Scientific Session II – Phonons and Transport Phenomena
Chair: Matthias Scheffler (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)

Location: Room 1, Physics North Hall

10:40-11:00 AMFeliciano Giustino (University of Texas, Austin)
Self-Trapped Excitons from First Principles, Without Supercells
11:00-11:20 AMCheol-Hwan Park (Seoul National University)
Phonon-assisted optical absorption and phonon-boosted electronic transport
11:20-11:40 AMMarina Filip (Oxford University)
Phonon Screening of Excitons in Semiconductors and Insulators
11:40-12:00 PMEmmanouil Kioupakis (University of Michigan)
Title: TBD


Lunch and Poster Session: 12:00-2:00 PM

Location: 375 Physics North (same building).

Scientific Session III – Strongly Correlated Phenomena
Chair: Sokrates Pantelides (Vanderbilt University)

Location: Room 1, Physics North Hall

2:00-2:20 PMZhi-Xun Shen (Stanford University)
Surprises from Electron Doped Cuprates: New Insights into Persistent Challenges in High-Temperature Superconductors
2:20-2:40 PMYuanbo Zhang (Fudan University)
Dimensionality-Driven Metal to Mott Insulator Transition in Two-Dimensional 1T- TaSe2
2:40-3:00 PMSangkook Choi (Korea Institute for Advanced Study)
Ab initio Dynamical Mean-Field Theory Methodologies for Correlated Quantum Materials
3:00-3:20 PMLi Yang (Washington University in St. Louis)
Search for Enhanced Magnetoelectric Coupling in Two-Dimensional Multiferroic Heterostructures
Coffee Break (3:20-3:50 PM)

Scientific Session IV – Excitations and Time-Dependent Phenomena
Chair: Mei-Yin Chou (Academia Sinica)

Location: Room 1, Physics North Hall

3:50-4:10 PMNicola Marzari (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Paul Scherrer Institut)
Spectral Properties from Spectral Functionals
4:10-4:30 PMSu Ying Quek (National University of Singapore)
A Journey of Discovery with the Ab Initio GW and GW-Bethe-Salpeter Equation Approaches
4:30-4:50 PMYang-Hao Chan (Academia Sinica)
Time-Dependent Adiabatic GW Approach: Applications and New Developments
4:50-5:10 PMYoshiyuki Miyamoto (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)
Real Time Time-Dependent Density Functional Approach on Defect Dynamics in Diamond Induced by Femtosecond Laser
Closing Remarks
5:10-5:15 PMSteven G. Louie (University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)


6:30-10:00 PM: Dinner and Short Presentations.
Dinner Location: East Ocean Seafood Restaurant, 1713 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501 Shuttle buses will be arranged for transportation.
Presentations by Marvin Cohen, James Chelikowsky, Andrew Rappe, Michael Crommie, Johannes Lischner, Zhenglu Li, and Sarah Louie Roitman

The full program with abstracts is available here: