Rebecca Flint, a physicist at Iowa State University, has been awarded early career grants from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Science Foundation.
Flint will use the grants to study and model advanced materials that have exotic properties.
Flint, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State, has focused her work on unveiling the mysteries of materials that are characterized by having strongly interacting electrons.
The particles in those types of materials interact in each other no matter how far apart they are. This is unusual in many types of materials, including most metals because they contain non-interacting electrons. This makes them easier to model and understand.
Flint will receive a $750,000 grant from the Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program over five years. The program is designed to enhance the scientific workforce in the country through the support of exceptional researchers in the early stages of their careers.
Flint will also receive a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program that will be paid out over five years. It is the foundation's most prestigious award for junior faculty.