C10: Structure and Dynamics of Condensed Matter

C10: Structure and Dynamics of Condensed Matter

The Commission on Structure and Dynamics of Condensed Matter (C10) was established by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics in 1960 to promote the exchange of information and views among the members of the international scientific community in the general field of Condensed Matter Physics.

C10 Young Scientist Prize 2018

Dr Michele Ceriotti from the Institute of Materials, École Polytechnique, Switzerland has been awarded the C10 Young Scientist Award for 2018

“For his work on the development of novel and original algorithms to extend the scope and accuracy of molecular dynamics simulations, and to rationalize and predict the structure-property relations in complex materials. “

Dr Michele Ceriotti, holds an undergraduate degree in Materials Science from the University of Milano – Bicocca, he received a Ph.D. in Physics from ETH Zürich. He spent three years in Oxford as a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, funded from a Royal Society Newton Fellowship and a Marie Curie Fellowship. Since 2013 he works as an assistant professor at the Institute of Materials at EPFL, leading the laboratory for Computational Science and Modeling. His research interests focus on the development of methods for molecular dynamics and quantum simulations of hydrogen-bonded materials, machine-learning study of complex systems at the atomistic level, and on their application to problems in chemistry and materials science. Previously, he had been awarded the IBM Research Forschungspreis in 2010, the Volker Heine Young Investigator Award in 2013, and an ERC Starting Grant in 2016.



The IUPAP C10 Young Scientist Prize recognizes exceptional achievement in the study of the structure and dynamics of condensed matter by scientists at a relatively junior stage of their career. One prize per year will be awarded on the basis of nominations received. The recipient must be no more than eight years post PhD (excluding career interruptions) by the deadline of the competition, and is expected to have displayed significant achievement and exceptional promise for future achievement in an area of experimental, computational or theoretical condensed matter physics.

Nomination Requirements and Deadline for Submission:

A complete nomination packet submitted by a senior nominator will consist of an up-to-date CV of the candidate, an award citation of 30 words or less, publication citation statistics, two letters of support from senior scientists including one from the nominator, up to three salient publications coauthored by the nominee, and a one-page statement by the nominee explaining the overall significance of the work in terms of grand challenges in the field of structure and dynamics of condensed matter, such as in quantum materials, energy, information science, the bio- or nano-realms, or uncovering emergent or far-from-equilibrium phenomena. One of the two support letters must be from a senior scientist who was not a former supervisor of the nominee at either the graduate or postdoctoral level. The entire package should be bundled into a single pdf file and submitted by email to the C10 Chair (Prof. Laura H. Greene – USA) at lhgreene@magnet.fsu.edu by July 31, 2018.

The Prize: 

The Prize will consist of 1,000 Euro, a Medal, and a Certificate.

Prize Selection:

The prize selection committee will consist of C10 Commission members. The winner will be announced on the IUPAP website.

Prize Presentation:

The winner’s Prize Lecture and Award Ceremony will be held in 2019 at the American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting (March 3-8, 2019, Boston, MA) in cooperation with Division of Condensed Matter Physics (DCMP) and Division of Material Physics (DMP) of APS.

IUPAP encourages nominations for women and other underrepresented groups.


C10 Young Scientist Prize 2017

Dr. Cui-Zu Chang, from the Francis Bitter Magnet lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been elected to be the Young Scientist Award winner for 2017 

“For the discovery of quantum anomalous Hall effect in magnetically doped 3D topological insulator films.”

Cui-Zu Chang

Dr. Cui-Zu Chang received his PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from Tsinghua University in 2013, and is a postdoctoral at Francis Bitter Magnet lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since graduation.  His research interests are quantum coherent systems such as topological insulators (TI) and in particular topics such as quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect, layered 2D materials, interface superconductivity, triplet superconductivity and tunneling phenomena. A pioneer in observing QAH in a 3D TI, he is well-known and leading young expert in the rapidly developing field of TI with many highly cited publications in the field and worldwide collaborations. He holds several awards including the Switzerland Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award (2013). He will start his assistant professorship at Department of Physics, Penn State University in Jan. 2017.


C10 Young Scientist Prize 2017 nominations due 15 August 2016

The deadline for the nominations of the C10 2017 Young Scientist Prize in the Structure and Dynamics of Condensed Matter is 15 August 2016. Nominations should be sent to Commission Chair Professor J. Raynien Kwo.

Please click here for submission details


C10 Young Scientist Prize 2016

Dr Wenzhong Bao, from Fudan University China, has been elected to be the Young Scientist Award winner for 2016.

“For his outstanding contribution in electrical and mechanical properties of the low-dimensional quantum materials.”

Wenzhong Bao received his B.S. degree in Nanjing University, China in 2006 and Ph.D. from Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Riverside in 2011, then worked as a  postdoctoral researcher at University of Maryland, College Park. He has been at the present position since 2015.

C10 - YSP - 2016

From left to right: Sharon Glotzer (University of Michigan), Chair DCMP; Wenzhong Bao (Fudan University), YSP C10 2016 winner; Laura Greene (National MagLab and Florida State University) DMP Past Chair and IUPAP C10 Vice Chair; John Mitchell (Argonne National Laboratory) DMP Chair


The Young Scientist Award for the year 2015 was awarded to Prof Keji Lai.

The award was presented during the award session of DCMP and DMP on 3rd March 2015 (Tuesday).  It was part of the March meeting of The American Physical Society in San Antonio, Texas.



The Young Scientist Award 2015 winner Prof Keji Lai (centre) with Prof Raynien Kwo (Left) and Prof Laura Green (Right)