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Robert Cava

Robert Cava

Professor Robert Cava ForMemRS

Foreign Member

Elected: 2016


Robert Cava is the Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University, where he was Associate Director of the Materials Institute from 1999-2001 and Chair of the Chemistry Department from 2004 to 2010. His research is in the chemistry of materials as it relates to materials physics, emphasizing the relationships between chemistry, bonding, crystal structure, and the electronic and magnetic properties of non-molecular solids. The solid state chemistry and properties of superconductors, magnetic materials, thermoelectrics, topological insulators, Dirac and Weyl semimetals, geometrically frustrated magnets and correlated electron systems are of particular current interest. He began at Princeton in 1997 after working at Bell Laboratories for 17 years, where he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. He received his Ph.D. in Ceramics from MIT in 1978, after which he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. He has served on international award and evaluation committees, has been the recipient of teaching and mentoring awards at Princeton, and is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Professional positions

Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Astronomy and physics
    • Crystallography, Magnetism
  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry, materials
  • Engineering
    • Materials science (incl materials engineering)


Structure property correlations, electronic materials, solid state chemistry, oxide chemistry, tetradymites, thermoelectrics, transition metal oxides, power diffraction, superconductivity

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