David Mandrus, the Jerry and Kay Henry Endowed Professor, with a joint appointment at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
has received a five-year $1.7 million award from a leading scientific foundation for research in the emerging field of quantum materials.
Mandrus’s work has been cited thousands of times, and he has earned several notable accolades for his part in advancing materials science, a press release said. In recognition of his work, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has named him an Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) Materials Synthesis Investigator.
Quantum materials have behaviors or properties that make them unique, typically involving exotic magnetism, superconductivity, or the topology of the material’s band structure.
“By better understanding such properties and learning how to harness and control them, scientists can make improvements across a vast number of fields, especially in electronics and information technology,” the press release said.