Martin Greven

Martin Greven

Martin Greven

Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy


Physics And Nanotechnology Building
Room 218
115 Union St. Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Center for Quantum Materials (CQM)
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
Greven Group

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995

Vordiplom (M.S.), Universität Heidelberg (Heidelberg University), 1988

Professional Background
  • Distinguished McKnight University Professor, 2018-present
  • Director, University of Minnesota Center for Quantum Materials, 2016-present
  • Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, 2011-present
  • Associate Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, 2009-2011
  • Assistant Professor, Applied Physics and Photon Science, Stanford University, 1998-2009
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995-1997
Scientific & Professional Societies
Fellow, American Physical Society
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Fellow, Neutron Scattering Society of America
Research Interests

omplex oxides exhibit fascinating electronic and structural properties. These quantum materials are at the frontier of research in condensed matter physics since they provide myriad possibilities to discover and study novel fundamental phenomena and phases, including new kinds of magnetic and charge order, as well as unconventional superconductivity. Moreover, many complex oxides exhibit properties that have potential applications in technology.

Materials preparation is the heart of any successful materials physics endeavor. Our group’s research involves the growth of high-quality single crystals using state-of-the-art techniques. The experimental techniques of X-ray and neutron scattering play invaluable roles in materials science and condensed matter physics, as they provide essential structural and magnetic information about new phases of matter and the transitions between them. We pursue such scattering experiments at leading facilities in the US and abroad. Our research furthermore involves non-linear magnetic susceptibility and charge transport experiments, including measurements at high-field magnet laboratories. In addition to our own experiments, the crystals grown in our lab enable measurements by numerous scientists around the world who use complementary experimental techniques.

Our research is supported by the Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences and by the National Science Foundation.

Greven Group Website

Honors and Awards
  • Distinguished McKnight University Professorship, University of Minnesota, 2018
  • Fellow, Neutron Scattering Society of America, 2018
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2015
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2007
  • Hellman Family Faculty Fund Award, 2003
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2000-2004
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1999-2001
Selected Publications
  1. H. Murayama et al., Diagonal Nematicity in the Pseudogap Phase of HgBa2CuO4+δNat. Commun., in press (2019)
  2. D. Pelc et al., The resistivity phase diagram of cuprates revisitedpreprint (2019)
  3. D. Pelc et al., Universal superconducting precursor in three classes of unconventional superconductorsNat. Commun., in press (2019)
  4. D. Pelc et al., Unusual behavior of cuprates explained by heterogeneous charge localizationSci. Adv. 5, eaau4538 (2019)
  5. Yangmu Li et al., Hole-pocket-driven superconductivity and its universal features in the electron-doped cupratesSci. Adv. 5, eaap7349 (2019)
  6. D. Pelc et al., Emergence of superconductivity in the cuprates via a universal percolation processNat. Commun. 9, 4327 (2018)
  7. P. Popcevic et al., Percolative nature of the dc paraconductivity in the cuprate superconductorsnpj Quantum Materials 3, 42 (2018)
  8. J. Walter et al., Ion-Gel-Gating-Induced Oxygen Vacancy Formation in Epitaxial La0.5Sr0.5CoO3-δ Films from in operando X-ray and Neutron ScatteringPhys. Rev. Materials 1, 071403 (2017)
  9. M. K. Chan et al., Commensurate antiferromagnetic excitations as a signature of the pseudogap in the tetragonal high-Tc cuprate HgBa2CuO4+δNat. Commun. 7, 10819 (2016)
  10. Yangmu Li et al., Hidden Fermi-liquid Charge Transport in the Antiferromagnetic Phase of the Electron-Doped Cuprate SuperconductorsPhys. Rev. Lett. 117, 197001 (2016)
  11. W. Tabis et al., Charge order and its connection with Fermi-liquid charge transport in a pristine high-Tc cuprateNat. Commun. 5, 5875 (2014)
  12. M.K. Chan et al., In-Plane Magnetoresistance Obeys Kohler’s Rule in the Pseudogap Phase of Cuprate SuperconductorsPhys. Rev. Lett. 113, 117005 (2014)
  13. S.I. Mirzaei et al., Spectroscopic evidence for Fermi liquid-like energy and temperature dependence of the relaxation rate in the pseudogap phase of the cupratesProc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 110, 5774 (2013)
  14. N. Barišić et al., Universal sheet resistance and revised phase diagram of the cuprate high-temperature superconductorsProc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 110.12235 (2013)
  15. Yuan Li et al., Hidden magnetic excitation in the pseudogap phase of a model cuprate superconductorNature 468, 283 (2010)
  16. Yuan Li et al., Unusual magnetic order in the pseudogap region of the superconductor HgBa2CuO4+δNature 455, 372 (2008).
  17. E. M. Motoyama et al., Spin correlations in the electron-doped high-transition-temperature superconductor Nd2-xCexCuO4+δNature 455, 186 (2007)
  18. S. Larochelle et al., Structural and Magnetic Properties of the Single-Layer Manganese Oxide La1-xSr1+xMnO4Phys. Rev. B 71, 024435 (2005)
  19. H. Eisaki et al., Effect of chemical inhomogeneity in the bismuth-based copper oxide superconductorsPhys. Rev. B 69, 064512 (2004)
  20. O. P. Vajk et al., Quantum Impurities in the Two-dimensional Spin One-half Heisenberg AntiferromagnetScience 295, 1691 (2002)

Advisees & Collaborators

  • Zachary Anderson, Graduate Student
  • Tathamay Basu, Postdoctoral Associate
  • Davis Everson-Rose, Undergraduate Student
  • Sylvia Griffitt, Undergraduate Student
  • Sajna Hameed, Graduate Student
  • Joseph Joe, Graduate Student
  • Richard Spieker, Graduate Student
  • Chiou-Yang Tan, Graduate Student
  • Liam Thompson, Undergraduate Student
  • Zi Wang, Undergraduate Student
  • Jack Zwettler, Undergraduate Student