Professor Weiwei Xie Receives NSF Career Award
Assistant Professor Weiwei Xie recently received a five-year Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation.
The NSF CAREER program supports early-career faculty who demonstrate the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent teaching, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organization. The $651,501 grant is for Dr. Xie’s project titled “CAREER: Chemistry Perspectives to Design Novel Superconductors.”
Design and discovery of new quantum materials will accelerate the development of new technologies in the future. Superconductors are naturally an ideal platform for quantum information processing (QIP), as they realize electrons to be entangled by forming Cooper pairs. Weiwei Xie's research focuses on using a chemistry perspective to discover new superconductors, especially by using chemical bonding concepts to predict the existence of superconductivity in the materials.
Weiwei Xie received her B.S. from the Nankai University (Tianjin, China) in 2010 and her Ph.D. from Iowa State University (with G. J. Miller) in 2014. Following postdoctoral work with R. J. Cava at Princeton University, she joined the faculty at LSU in 2016. Her group’s research focuses on experimental and theoretical quantum materials, with a specific emphasis on superconductors, topological materials, and magnetic materials at both ambient pressure and high pressure. In 2018, she was named a Beckman Young Investigator by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.