Dr Mingee Chung BS, MS, PhD, MInstP

Dr Mingee Chung

School of Physics and Astronomy
Associate Professor
Birmingham Fellow

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School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Mingee Chung (Minki Jeong) is a Birmingham Fellow and Associate Professor. His research group is part of the Condensed Matter Physics Group established in 1962 by Prof. W (Joe). F. Vinen, FRS, in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

Mingee's research is focused on collective quantum phenomena in materials such as the formation of macroscopic quantum-entangled states (e.g., quantum spin liquids) and the emergence of quantum criticality (related to quantum phase transitions at absolute zero temperature). He is also interested in applying knowledge and experience from quantum materials research to for important questions in other fields such as magnetic refrigeration (working with chemists and metallurgists) and dark matter (with atomic- and astro- physicists). His research is funded by UKRI through EPSRC and STFC.

Mingee is serving the Editorial Board of Journal of the Korean Physical Society (2021-2024), the IoP's Superconductivity Committee (2021-2025) and EPSRC Peer Review College (2020-). He received a recognition of "Significant Contribution to EPSRC Peer Review" for 2019-2020. He is also an active reviewer for the American Physical Society journals such as Phys. Rev. Lett., Phys. Rev. Resaerch, Phys. Rev. B and others.


  • PhD in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, KAIST, South Korea.
  • MS and BS in Materials Science & Engineering, POSTECH, South Korea.


Mingee was born and educated in South Korea. After obtaining PhD, he moved to France for postdoctoral research, firstly at Orsay (with Profs. F. Bert and P. Mendels, Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, University of Paris-Saclay) and then at Grenoble (with Drs M. Horvatic and C. Berthier, LNCMI; National Laboratory for Intense Magnetic Fields). He later moved to Lausanne in Switzerland to work with Prof. H. M. Ronnow at EPFL. He joined the University of Birmingham in Dec. 2017 as a permanent academic under the University's flagship programme, Birmingham Fellowship.

He was previously an EPFL Fellow (Marie-Sklodowska Curie COFUND, European Commission) and a recipient of Blaise Pascal Scholarship (French government).


Mingee is Head of Year 3 for Teaching since 2022. He currently teaches in the following modules:

  • Year 4 Superconductivity (2019- ): module lead with about fifty students enrolled each year (Semester 1).
  • Year 4 Projects (2018- ): supervising a pair of MSc students for their research-level projects (Semester 1 and 2).

He taught in the past:

  • Year 3 Condensed Matter Laboratory (2018-2022)
  • Year 2 Tutorials (2017-2022): weekly tutoring groups each of which consists of four tutees.
  • Year 2 Physics Project (2017)

Before joining at Birmingham, Mingee delivered several guest lectures (2 hrs per topic) in the graduate-level Solid State Physics courses. The topics covered are:

  • NMR in Condensed Matter (2014-2015, 2017)
  • muSR in Condensed Matter (2017)
  • Introduction to Quantum Magnetism (2015)

Postgraduate supervision

  • Jake Head, PhD course.


Research Themes

  • Quantum phase transitions and criticality
  • Quantum, frustrated, and low-dimensional magnetism
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and its application for quantum materials
  • Quantum technologies for fundamental physics


Dr Chung has published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals. The following is the list of selected papers:

  • Zivkovic, I. et al., Magnetic Field Induced Quantum Spin Liquid in the Two Coupled Trillium Lattices of K2Ni2(SO4)3, Phys. Rev. Lett., 127, 157204 (2021).
  • Head, J. et al., Structural, Magnetic, Magnetocaloric, and Magnetorestrictive Properties of Pb(1-x)SrxMnBO4, Chem. Mater. 32, 10184 (2020).
  • Sorensen, M. A. et al., Chemical Tunnel-Splitting-Engineering in a Dysprosium-Based Molecular Nanomagnet, Nat. Commun., 9, 1291 (2018).
  • Jeong, M. et al., Magnetic-Order Crossover in Coupled Spin Ladders, Phys. Rev. Lett., 118, 167206 (2017).
  • Jeong, M. et al., Dichotomy between Attractive and Repulsive Tomonaga-Luttinger Liquids in Spin Ladders, Phys. Rev. Lett., 117, 106402 (2016).
  • Babkevich, P., Jeong, M., et al., Dimensional Reduction in Quantum Dipolar Antiferromagnet, Phys. Rev. Lett., 116, 197202 (2016).
  • Jeong, M. and Ronnow, H. M., Quantum Critical Scaling for a Heisenberg Spin-1/2 Chain around Saturation, Phys. Rev. B, 92, 180409(R) (2015).
  • Ishikawa, H. et al., One-Third Magnetization Plateau with a Preceding Novel Phase in Volborthite, Phys. Rev. Lett., 114, 227202 (2015).
  • Jeong, M. et al., Attractive Tomonaga-Luttinger Liquid in a Quantum Spin Ladder, Phys. Rev. Lett., 111, 106404 (2013).
  • Jeong, M. et al., Field-Induced Freezing of a Quantum Spin Liquid on the Kagome Lattice, Phys. Rev. Lett., 107, 237201 (2011).

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