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Five from MIT win Early Career Awards

Alexander-Katz, Detmold, Fu, Tisdale and Williams honored by Office of Science of the Department of Energy.

Five MIT faculty members — Alfredo Alexander-Katz; William Detmold; Liang Fu; William A. Tisdale; and Michael Williams — have been named recipients of the 2013 Early Career Award of the Office of Science of the Department of Energy (DOE).

Now in its fourth year, the Early Career Awards support the development of individual research programs by outstanding scientists who are in the early stages of their careers, and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE's Office of Science. Across the Office of Basic Energy Sciences divisions, 61 awards were made from about 770 proposals that went out for peer review. An assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Alexander-Katz works on the combination of theory and simulations to develop a deep understanding of a variety of soft materials systems. His award will fund work on “Biomimetic Templated Self‐Assembly of Light Harvesting Nanostructures."

Detmold, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics, has been granted the award for his work titled, “From Quarks to the Cosmos: Ab Initio Studies in Nuclear Physics." Detmold's research interests are in strong interaction dynamics in theoretical particle and nuclear physics.

Fu, an assistant professor of physics, works on developing a theoretical understanding of topological insulators and topological superconductors, with a focus on predicting their material realizations and experimental signatures. Fu will use his award for research on “Predictive Theory of Topological States of Matter.”

Tisdale, the Charles and Hilda Roddey Career Development Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, will use his award to support work over five years to develop a novel ultrafast microscopy technique for visualizing electronic processes at interfaces in next-generation solar cells.

An assistant professor of physics, Williams uses data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to study differences in the behavior of matter and antimatter. His award is for work on “Gluonic Excitations in Mesons."

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