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Robert Cava Solid-state chemist

Robert Cava’s 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. He 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, 2003, 2006, 2007.

Wulff Award in Materials Science, 2000.

Relevant Publications

H. Lin et al, "Half-Heusler ternary compounds as new multifunctional experimental platforms for topological quantum phenomena," Nat. Mater. vol. 9, pp. 546-549, Mar. 2010.



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Princeton UniversityDepartment of Chemistry


PhD (Ceramics) Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MSc (Materials Science and Engineering) Massachusetts Institute of Technology

BSc (Materials Science and Engineering) Massachusetts Institute of Technology


United States

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