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Moore quantum materials: Recipe for serendipity
Moore Foundation grant will allow Rice physicist to explore quantum materials
HOUSTON — (Aug. 12, 2014, Jade Boyd) — Thanks to a $1.5 million innovation award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Rice University physicist Emilia Morosan is embarking on a five-year quest to cook up a few unique compounds that have never been synthesized or explored. Morosan is no ordinary cook; her pantry includes metals, oxides and sulfides, and her recipes produce superconductors and exotic magnets.
Morosan, associate professor of physics and astronomy, of chemistry and of materials science and nanoengineering, has been named a Moore Foundation Materials Synthesis Investigator. Her lab specializes in the design, discovery and synthesis of compounds with unconventional electronic and magnetic ground states. She said the Moore funding, which was provided through the foundation’s Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Initiative, allows the freedom for experiments that might cause other funding agencies to balk.
“For many years, the United States was the undisputed leader in materials synthesis, but governmental funding has fallen dramatically at a time when Europe and Asia have invested heavily,” Morosan said. “With this new initiative, I think the Moore Foundation is filling a stringent need for more exploratory materials synthesis research that doesn’t fit with the well-defined rationale of traditional funding agencies.”
Morosan stressed that her research is focused on elucidating the fundamental properties of materials with emergent behavior. [read the full story]