Research Interests

Birol's research interests lie on the intersection of condensed matter physics, structural chemistry, and materials science, where he uses first-principles computational tools to study and find new materials realizations of exotic phenomena in condensed matter.


  • McKnight Land-Grant Professorship University of Minnesota, 2021
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) National Science Foundation, 2021
  • Young Investigator (YIP) Office of Naval Research, 2020
  • Outstanding Referee Physical Review Journals, American Physical Society, 2020

Selected Publications

  • Suppressing The Ferroelectric Switching Barrier in Hybrid Improper Ferroelectrics
       Shutong Li, Turan Birol  npj Comput. Mater. 6, 168 (2020) https://doi.org/10.1038/s41524-020-00436-x
  • Voltage-induced ferromagnetism in a diamagnet
       Jeff Walter, Bryan Voigt, Ezra Day-Roberts, Kei Heltemes, Rafael M. Fernandes, Turan Birol, Chris Leighton Science Advances 6, eabb7721 (2020) https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abb7721
  • Cation Order Control of Correlations in Double Perovskite Sr2VNbO6
       Arpita Paul, Turan Birol Phys. Rev. Research 2, 033156 (2020) https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevResearch.2.033156
  • Spin-lattice coupling and the emergence of the trimerized phase in the S=1 Kagome antiferromagnet Na2Ti3Cl8
       Arpita Paul, Chia-Min Chung, Turan Birol, Hitesh J. Changlani Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 167203 (2020) https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.124.167203
  • 'Ferroelectric' Metals Reexamined: Fundamental Mechanisms and Design Considerations for New Materials
       Nicole A. Benedek, Turan Birol J. Mater. Chem. C 4, 4000 (2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C5TC03856A
Turan Birol in lab

Email: tbirol@umn.edu

Phone: 612/301-1348

Office: 231 Amundson Hall

Birol Research Group

Support Turan Birol's Research

  • B.S., Physics, Middle East Technical University, 2005
  • M.S., Physics, Koç University, 2007
  • Ph.D., Physics, Cornell University, 2013
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Condensed Matter Theory, Rutgers University, 2013-2016