About “Prof. Jaejun Yu“

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Physics professor at Seoul National University. Expert in theoretical and computational condensed matter physics. Research focus on electronic, magnetic, and other physical properties of novel transition metal oxides and related materials. Excellence in teaching science to non-science majors. Well-versed in university administration and management in promoting research and education. Education

• Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea — B.S in Physics, 1984

• Northwestern University, Illinois, USA — M.S. in Physics, 1986

• Northwestern University, Illinois, USA — Ph.D. in Physics, 1988


• SNU Awards: Excellence in Teaching, Seoul National University; Seoul, Korea — 2012

• Graduate Student Awards, 1988 MRS Spring Meeting; Reno, Nevada, USA — 1988

Research Interests

Jaejun Yu’s research interests lie primarily in the area of condensed matter theory of strongly correlated electron materials and computational materials physics. Of particular interest is to understand and discover new physical properties of novel materials including transition metal compound and low-dimensional systems. He is also involved in the development of theoretical and computational methods and their application to the study of electronic and magnetic properties of real materials. Current research focuses on understanding topological band structures of novel transition metal compounds, e.g., Ir-oxides or chalcogenides, exploring new two-dimensional materials manifesting interesting topological characteristics of topological insulators, Chern insulators, or fractional Chern insulators, and manipulating defects in metal oxides for p-type oxide semiconductors, catalysts, and possible device applications.


About Lecture


Title: Scientific Attitude for Modern Citizens

Science Is essential in every aspect of our lives, especially when we make decisions regarding health, medicine, communications, sports, entertainment, energy, and so much more. While the media is overwhelmed by the flood of up-to-date information about scientific innovations, discoveries, and issues that are shaping modern knowledge, it is hard for the public, non-science experts, to catch up with current scientific understanding. In this talk, I will discuss the scientific attitude, as a foundation for learning science and modern technology, which may help people understand and stay informed with the latest scientific advances.