2018 Beckman Young Investigator Award


Assistant Professor Weiwei Xie has received a Beckman Young Investigator Award for her research project titled, “Chemistry Perspectives to Design New High Tc Superconductors.”  The long-term goal of Dr Xie’s research program is to identify the chemical influences on the physical properties of solid-state materials to build a bridge between solid state chemistry and materials physics. According to Dr Xie, “superconductors are the key materials for the next-generation of technologies.”  From the viewpoint of a chemist, she will design and construct novel superconductors.  The grant is for $600,000 over a 4-year period.  The last LSU recipient of this honor was Professor Robert M. Strongin in 1998.

The Beckman Young Investigator Award program provides research support to the most promising junior faculty members in the chemical and life sciences.  In particular, the awards aim to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.  In 2018, 10 awards were made, following an intense nationwide competition that included a research presentation and interview.  

Dr Xie received a BS in Chemistry from Nankai University (China) in 2010 and a PhD in Chemistry from Iowa State University with Gordon J. Miller in 2014.  As a post-doctoral associate, she worked with Professor Robert J. Cava, one of the world leaders in the materials science, at Princeton University.  She joined the faculty of LSU’s Department of Chemistry in 2016.