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ISU physicist granted $1.25 million to study advanced materials


An Iowa State University physicist has won $1.25 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Science Foundation to study and model advanced materials with exotic properties. Rebecca Flint, an Iowa State assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is working to unveil the mysteries of materials characterized by strongly interacting electrons. Flint was awarded a five-year, $750,000 grant from the DOE’s Early Career Research Program, and a five-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program. Part of her research will be to understand materials featuring electrons whose masses have increased by multiples of hundreds or thousands because of their strong interaction with other particles, which can lead to exotic orders and superconductivity, which allows electricity to flow through materials without any resistance. To read more about the research, click here.

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