Robert Cava

Bio Outline


  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials


  • Princeton University
Department of Chemistry


  • United States


PhD (Ceramics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MSc (Materials Science and Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BSc (Materials Science and Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Robert Cava is a solid-state chemist.

His research interests include the chemistry of materials – emphasizing the relationships between chemistry, crystal structure and electronic and magnetic properties of non-molecular solids. He is also interested in synthesis, structure and physical property characterization of new transition metal oxides, chalcogenides, intermetallics and pnictides. Cava also studies the materials chemistry of superconductors, magnetic materials, transparent electronic conductors, dielectrics, thermoelectrics, geometrically frustrated magnets and correlated electron systems.


Linus Pauling Award, American Chemical Society Northwest Section, 2012

McGroddy Prize in New Materials, American Physical Society, 2012

Award in Inorganic Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2011

Excellence in Teaching Award, Princeton Engineering Council, 2007, 2006, 2003

Wulff Award in Materials Science, 2000

Relevant Publications

Lin, H. et al. "Half-Heusler ternary compounds as new multifunctional experimental platforms for topological quantum phenomena." Nat. Mater. 9 (March 2010): 546–49.