Tai Kong


  • B.S. Shandong University, 2010
  • Ph.D. Iowa State University, 2016
  • Postdoc, Princeton University, 2016-2019
  • Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, 2019-now


  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, IOP Publishing, 2017

Our research focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds with novel magnetic and electronic properties, for the purposes of bettering our understanding and control of emergent electronic behavior in quantum materials. Our lab has a strong emphasis on discovering new materials where we combine chemistry and physics principles to achieve desired properties. We then use detailed structural, thermodynamic and transport measurements to study the physical properties of these new materials, often in single crystalline form. Current fields of interest include low-dimensional magnetism, topological materials, strongly correlated phenomena and superconductivity.

Selected Publications:

1. T. Kong, K. Stolze, E. Timmons, J. Tao, D. Ni, S. Guo, Z. Yang, R. Prozorov, R. J. Cava, VI3-a new layered ferromagnetic semiconductor. Adv. Mater. 31 (2019) 1808074

2. T.-R. Chang, I. Pletikosic, T. Kong, G. Bian, A. Huang, J. Denlinger, S. K. Kushwaha, B. Sinkovic, H.-T. Jeng, T. Valla, W. Xie, R. J. Cava, Realization of a type-II nodal-line semimetal in Mg3Bi2. Adv. Sci. 6 (2019) 1800897

P. C. Canfield, T. Kong, U. S. Kaluarachchi, N. H. Jo, Use of frit-disc crucibles for routine and exploratory solution growth of single crystalline samples. Philos. Mag. 96 (2016) 84

3. T. Kong, S. L. Bud’ko, P. C. Canfield, Anisotropic Hc2, thermodynamic and transport measurements, and pressure dependence of Tc in K2Cr3As3 single crystals. Phys. Rev. B 91 (2015) 020507

4. A. I. Goldman, T. Kong, A. Kreyssig, A. Jesche, M. Ramazanoglu, K. W. Dennis, S. L. Bud’ko and P. C. Canfield, A family of binary magnetic icosahedral quasicrystals based on rare earths and cadmium. Nature Mater. 12 (2013) 714