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UT quantum materials researcher receives $1.7M Moore Foundation Award

Grant and Award Announcement

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

A materials science professor in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's Tickle College of Engineering has received a five-year $1.7 million award from a leading scientific research foundation to pursue cutting-edge work in the emerging field of quantum materials.

David Mandrus, the Jerry and Kay Henry Endowed Professor, holds a joint appointment at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Mandrus's work has been cited thousands of times and he has earned several notable accolades for his part in advancing materials science. In recognition of his work, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has named him an Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) Materials Synthesis Investigator.

"I'm honored to have again been selected by the Moore Foundation as someone whose work they have chosen to recognize," said Mandrus. "Their support will help me further explore ideas and concepts related to quantum materials and the opportunities they make possible."

The acknowledgment comes as part of the foundation's EPiQS initiative, which encourages and supports researchers in their efforts surrounding the synthesis of new quantum materials and the characterization of their properties.

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.

"This is a great testament to Dr. Mandrus and his thought leadership and many contributions to the field," said Janis Terpenny, the Wayne T. Davis Endowed Dean of the Tickle College of Engineering. "Our sincere thanks to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for their support and recognition."

Mandrus was selected by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for a five-year grant in 2014 as well, further demonstrating the importance of his work.

Gordon Moore was a pioneering computer expert and co-founder of Intel. He's most famous in the scientific community for Moore's Law, which states that the processing power of computers can be expected to double every two years or so.


About the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation fosters path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements, and preservation of the special character of the San Francisco Bay area. Visit or follow @MooreFound.


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