En raison de la grève la conférence est reportée à une date ultérieure.

La prochaine conférence des Mardis de la Chimie portera sur le travail de Julia Contreras-Garcia (Laboratoire de Chimie Théorique de Sorbonne Université). Elle s'intitule "Constructing new model to predict superconductivity".


A room temperature superconductor is probably the most desired system in solid state physics. So far, the greatest advances, cuprates, pnictides and number of others were obtained in a serendipitous way. As there is no clear theory for these superconductors, it is difficult to predict where progress will be made. In contrast the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) theory gives a clear guide for achieving high Tc, and hydrogen seems to be a main clue. Within this approach, the recently reported superconductivity at 190 K in compressed H2S has been arguably the biggest discovery in the field since the superconducting cuprates nearly 30 years ago.
However, a microscopic understanding of why this particular material features such a strong coupling is still missing. We have recently shown that the underlying chemical structure and bonding need to be characterized for a good comprehension of the chemical composition-superconductivity relation.
We have constructed simple metal and BCS models showing that the Electron Localization Function can be used to define a quantity called the networking value, which should provide insight into the superconducting activity.
By analyzing through DFT calculations the structural and electronic properties of nearly 200 compounds predicted to be superconductors in the literature, we have shown that the networking value correlates well with the predicted critical temperature, much better than any other descriptor analyzed thus far. And this, for all bonding types.
The discovery of the positive correlation between superconductivity and the bonding network offers the possibility of screening easily hydrogen-based compounds and, at the same time, sets clear paths for chemically engineering better superconductors.

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Informations pratiques

La conférence est précédée d'une collation à 16h30.

La conférence saura lieu en Salle 201, tour 23-24, 2e étage du Campus Pierre et Marie Curie de Sorbonne Université. Elle peut également se suivre à distance via ZOOM.


Dates et horaires

Mardi 28 mars de 16h45 à 18h, collation à 16h30.

En raison de la grève la conférence est reportée à une date ultérieure.


Sorbonne Université, Campus Pierre et Marie Curie
4 place Jussieu, 75005 Paris


Métro : Ligne 7 ou 10, station Jussieu