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My name is José A. Flores-Livas, and I work as an Assistant Professor (RTD-A) in the Department of Physics at the Sapienza University of Rome. On this website, you can find information about my field of study, presentations, science outreach information and links related to my research. The content on the website is in constant rotation and updated. I hope you will enjoy it and let me know any suggestion to improve it!


Has room temperature superconductivity really been achieved?

Our latest work shows that the same theoretical tools that successfully explain other hydride systems under pressure seem to be at odds with the recently claimed conventional room-temperature superconductivity of carbonaceous sulfur hydride (CSH).  Our published article concludes that (1) the absence of a dominant low-enthalpy stoichiometry and crystal structure in the ternary phase diagram. …

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Design of electrides: from magnetism to topological phases

In our most recent work is featured as an Editor suggestion’s in Phys Rev. Materials! In this work, we propose a design scheme to explore potential electrides. The searches start with rare-earth-based ternary halides, then we remove the halogen anions and perform global structure optimization to obtain thermodynamically stable or metastable phases with an excess …

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Synthesis of a new layered phase predicted by our calculations: a correlated metal?

This is an exciting work we have the opportunity to collaborate with experimental colleagues at the University of Osaka. A new layered perovskite-type oxide Ba2RhO4 was synthesized by a high-pressure technique and predicted by our calculations. The crystal and electronic structure were studied by both experimental and computational tools. Structural refinements for powder x-ray diffraction …

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Interview by RCS for the Holy Grails in Science

I had the great pleasure to be invited to contribute to the excellent article on Holy Grails in Science by RCS Chemistryworld (https://www.chemistryworld.com/).  See the original link: https://www.chemistryworld.com/holy-grails    The interview was by JENNIFER NEWTON on Sept. 2020 (original interview here)   ‘Contrary to an experimentalist, the only thing I need is a very comfy …

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