Physics professor receives CAREER Program award

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Alexei Grigoriev's project is expected to receive $500,000 from the National Science Foundation during the next five years.

Alexei Grigoriev, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, has received an award from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.

The program offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Their activities build firm foundations for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

Grigoriev is the principal investigator for his project titled Polarization Dynamics in Ferroelectric Multilayers. He received a $120,000 NSF grant for the first year. The project is expected to receive $500,000 from the foundation during the next five years.

Grigoriev’s proposal examines ways to engineer new artificial materials by combining multiple layers of known materials at the nanoscale. Such new materials may have properties that can be used in practical applications including computer memories, infrared and ultrasound imaging sensors, and clean energy technologies.

The educational component of this project will establish a new program for elementary and middle school students that will inspire children to pursue careers in science.

The project also allows TU graduate and undergraduate students to get hands-on experience with state-of-the-art scientific tools and interact with world-renowned scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago. This research will coincide with the first semester of the Physics Department’s new doctoral program, which begins this fall.


Mona Chamberlin