Robert Cava

EPiQS Investigator, Princeton University


Materials Synthesis Investigator

Robert Cava

Research Description

Dr. Cava directs the Solid State Chemistry Research Group at Princeton University. His group searches for and synthesizes new compounds, grows crystals, determines their crystal structures, and characterizes their electronic and magnetic properties. He has made important contributions to discovery and development of superconductive materials. He was an early worker in “high temperature superconductivity”, determining the chemical formula of the first material to display zero electrical resistance above the temperature of liquid nitrogen (an easy-to-use coolant), and, recently, discovered and developed “topological insulators” – materials whose surface electrical currents appear to be in a unique new quantum state.His research is directed at discovering other novel materials as well, including frustrated magnets, thermoelectrics and transparent electrical conductors.

Dr. Cava has received the Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Chemistry Prizes of the American Chemical Society, the McGroddy Prize in New Materials of the American Physical Society, a Humboldt Research Award, and the John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science from the US National Academy of Sciences. He also received a Materials Synthesis Investigator Award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in 2014.

Dr. Cava earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


related links

Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Princeton University, Department of Chemistry Back


“Kinetically Stable Single Crystals of Perovskite-Phase CsPbI3” D. B. Straus, S. Guo, R. J. Cava. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 141 11435-11439 (2019).

“Strong quantum fluctuations in a quantum spin liquid candidate with a Co-based triangular lattice” R. Zhong, S. Guo, G. Xu, Z. Xu, R. J. Cava. PNAS. 116 (29) 14505-14510 (2019). 

“The h-SbxWO3+2x Oxygen Excess Antimony Tungsten Bronze” F. O. von Rohr, A. Ryser, H. Ji, K. Stolze, J. Tao, J. J. Frick, G. R. Patzke, R. J. Cava. Chem. Eur. J. 25 2082 (2019). 
“The Triangular Rare Earth Lattice Materials RbBaR(BO3)2 (R = Y, Gd-Yb) and Comparison to the KBaR(BO3)2 analogs” S. Guo, T. Kong, W. Xie, L. T. Nguyen, K. Stolze, F. A. Cevallos, R. J. Cava. Inorg. Chem. 58 3308 (2019). 

“Improved H2 Evolution in Quaternary SCIGS Chalcopyrite Semiconductors” D. Ni, H. Y. Kuo, J. E. Park, T. S. Lee, S. R. I. Sloman, R. J. Cava, A. B. Bocarsly. J. Phys. Chem. C 122 24512 (2019).
“Crystal structure and elementary properties of PbS2 with a pressure–stabilized S-S dimer” D. Ni, S. Guo, K. M. Powderly, R. Zhong, J. Lin, T. Kong, F. A. Cevallos, R. J. Cava. J. Solid State Chem. 269, 442 (2019).

“Synthesis and characterization of the novel antiferromagnet LaNiB3O7” K.M. Powderly, S. Guo, K. Stolze, E. M. Carnicom, R.J. Cava. J. Solid State Chem. 272, 113 (2019).

“Trimer-based spin liquid candidate Ba4NbIr3O12” L. T. Nguyen, R. J. Cava. Phys. Rev. Mat. 3 014412 (2019). 

“Importance of Specific Heat Characterization when Reporting New Superconductors: An Example of Superconductivity in LiGa2Rh” E. M. Carnicom, W. Xie, Z. Yang, K. Górnicka, T. Kong, T. Klimczuk, R. J. Cava. Chem. Mat. (2019). 

“High-entropy alloy superconductors on an α-Mn lattice” K. Stolze, F. A. Cevallos, T. Kong, R. J. Cava. J. Mater. Chem. C 39 10441 (2018).
“The σ-phase superconductors Nb20.4Rh5.7Ge3.9 and Nb20.4Rh5.7Si3.9” E. M. Carnicom, T. Kong, T. Klimczuk, R. J. Cava. Solid State Commun. 284-286 96 (2018). 

“Sc-Zr-Nb-Rh-Pd and Sc-Zr-Nb-Ta-Rh-Pd High-Entropy Alloy Superconductors on a CsCl-type lattice” K. Stolze, J. Tao, F. O. von Rohr, T. Kong, R. J. Cava. Chem. Mater. 30 906 (2018).

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