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Quantum Materials Discovery: The Synthesis of Geometrically Frustrated Magnets

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In the last few decades, there has been a marked rise in the diversity of compounds studied with frustrated networks of spins. This was clearly not the case in the early days of this field, where only a handful of “model” systems were being studied (ie. in two dimensions, the triangular or kagome lattices, and in three dimensions, the pyrochlore lattice).  Solid state chemists have played a major role in not only the identification of new geometrically frustrated materials, but also in the synthesis of high quality crystals with low degrees of chemical disorder that are essential for direct comparisons to theory. In this tutorial, strategies for the discovery of new frustrated materials and their synthesis will be reviewed, with an emphasis on recent advances in the literature.