Reproducibility – An example from the LK-99 scandal

LK-99, the social media darling sprang into our nation’s consciousness with its outrageous promise of ROOM TEMPERATURE AMBIENT PRESSURE SUPERCONDUCTIVITY that would change the world! But just as fast as its star rose, it all came crashing down and now it has become the next punchline in a long list of irreproducible wonders.  What happened?  Why were people so excited and so skeptical? Learn why enterprising scientists worldwide raced around the clock only to show this record setting feat was not what it seemed!

The DSI Reproducibility Thematic Program invites you to join us for a half-day workshop on reproducibility as seen through the rise and fall of LK-99.  This workshop holds lessons for those in materials science and for all researchers who are trying to discover something (true) about the world.    

October 6, 2023
9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
10th floor, 700 University Ave
Toronto, ON

9:00 - 9:30 am
Registration and refreshments
9:30 - 9:40 am
Welcome and intro DSI Reproducibility Thematic Program
Rohan Alexander, Faculty of Information & Department of Statistical Sciences, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto
9:45-10:20 pm
Introduction to Superconductivity
Young-June Kim, Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto
10:20 - 11:05 am
The Quest for Room Temperature Superconductivity
Stephen Julian, Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto
11:05 am - 11:15 am
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
The Rise and Fall of LK99
Prashant Jain, G. L. Clark Professor of Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
12:00 - 12:15 pm
Closing remarks – Reproducibility and where do we go from here?
Jason Hattrick-Simpers, Department of Material Science & Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, University of Toronto