Dr Mingee Chung BS, MS, PhD, MInstP

Dr Mingee Chung

School of Physics and Astronomy
Birmingham Fellow

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School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Mingee Chung (Minki Jeong) is Lecturer and Birmingham Fellow.

Mingee's research is focused on collective quantum phenomena in materials, where examples include the formation of macroscopic quantum-entangled states (e.g., spin liquids) as well as the emergence of quantum criticality. He is particularly interested in how dimensionality, symmetry, geometry and topology manifest themselves in such phenomena.

His research is funded by UKRI through EPSRC and STFC. He was previously an EPFL Fellow (Marie-Sklodowska Curie COFUND, European Commission) and a recipient of Blaise Pascal Scholarship (French government).

Mingee is an Editor of Journal of the Korean Physical Society (2021-2024), an Ordinary Member of the IoP's Superconductivity Committee (2021-2025) and a Full Member of EPSRC Peer Review College (since 2020; Associate Member for 2018-2020); received a recognition of "Significant Contribution to EPSRC Peer Review" for 2019-2020. He is also an active reviewer of the manuscripts from APS journals including Phys. Rev. Lett., 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, Univ. Paris-Saclay) and then at Grenoble (with Drs M. Horvatic and C. Berthier, LNCMI; National High Magnetic Field Laboratory). After four years of time in France, he continued his research career at EPFL (with Prof. H. M. Ronnow), Lausanne, in Switzerland. He joined the University of Birmingham in 2017 as a permanent academic with Birmingham Fellowship.



  • Year 2 Tutorials (2017- ): weekly tutoring of twelve students in three groups (whole year).
  • Year 3 Condensed Matter Laboratory (2018- ): demonstrating before about two dozens of students (Semester 1).
  • Year 4 Superconductivity (2019- ): about fifty students erolled each year (Semester 1).
  • Year 4 Projects (2018- ): supervising a pair of MSc students for their theses (whole year).


  • Year 2 Physics Project (2017)

Guest lecture (@ EPFL, Solid State Physics IV & X for graduate students): 

  • NMR in Condensed Matter (2014, 2015, 2017): 2 hours
  • muSR in Condensed Matter (2017): 2 hours
  • Introduction to Quantum Magnetism (2015): 2 hours

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


Dr Chung has published more than 30 papers in scientific journals. The following is a selection of the 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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