Robert J. Cava
Election Year: 2001
Primary Section: 33, Applied Physical Sciences
Secondary Section: 14, Chemistry
Membership Type: Member
My scientific inquiries are in the discovery through the use of solid-state chemistry of new materials with novel electronic and magnetic properties. Of particular interest have been new materials that hope to address both fundamental questions in condensed matter physics and long-term applications in electronics technologies. This has involved the synthesis and physical property characterization of new transition metal oxides, chalcogenides, pnictides, and intermetallic compounds. Working with collaborators who are experts in crystal structure determination and theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics, I have found new superconductors, unusual magnetic materials, transparent electronic conductors, dielectrics, thermoelectrics, quantum critical, and correlated electron compounds. I am very interested in the further development of the close association of materials chemists and materials physicists that has been so fruitful in opening new areas of collaborative research in recent years.