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Spaldin uses a combination of first-principles and phenomenological theoretical techniques to study the fundamental physics of novel materials that have potential technological importance. Projects combine development of new theoretical methods, application of the methods to existing materials, design of new materials with specific functionalities and subsequent synthesis of the "designer materials".
Specific materials classes of interest are:
Transition-metal-oxides with "strong correlations", in which the behavior of each electron explicitly influences that of the others.
Contra-indicated multifunctional materials, which combine multiple, technologically desirable functionalities that tend not to co-exist.
Multiferroics, which are simultaneously ferromagnetic, ferroelectric and ferroelastic and/or ferrotoroidic.
Materials with multiple coupled or competing instabilities, which in turn show strong responses to electric or magnetic fields or strain.
Max Rössler Prize of the ETH, 2012
ERC Advanced Grant, 2012
Fellow, Materials Research Society, 2011
American Physical Society McGroddy Prize for New Materials, 2010
NSF American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellow, 2009
Fellow, American Physical Society, 2008
Miller Institute Research Professorhip, 2007
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, 2002
UCSB Distinguished Teaching Award, 2001
ONR Young Investigator Award, 2000
Technology Review Magazine Young Innovator Award, 1999
NSF POWRE award, 1999
Regents Junior Faculty Fellowship, University of California, 1998
Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission, 1991 – 1996
Electronic Materials Conference Graduate Student Award, 1995
Cray Research Fellowship in Computational Chemistry, 1995
Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award, 1994
Ephraim Weiss Fellowship, Graduate Study at U.C. Berkeley, 1993 – 1994
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Awards, U.C. Berkeley, 1991 and 1992
Dora Garibaldi Fellowship, Graduate study at U.C. Berkeley, 1991 – 1992
Ronald Norrish Prize for Physical Chemistry, U. Cambridge, 1991
Mineralogical Society of Great Britain Student Award, 1989
Undergraduate Scholarship, GEC Hirst Research Centre, 1987 – 1991
Royal Society of Chemistry A-level Chemistry Award, 1987