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Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials Colloquium Paul Canfield


06 May 2010 FWN-Building 5111.0080, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Paul Canfield

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University and

Division of Material Science and Engineering at Aimes Laboratory, Aimes , USA

Title: Cooking, Fishing and Jogging through Phase Space: A Practical Guide to Discovering (and Understanding) New Materials
Date: Thu May 6, 2010
Start: 16.00 (Doors open and coffee available at 15.30)
Location: FWN-Building 5111.0080


Dr. Paul C. Canfield, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Robert Allen Wright Chair in Physics has spent over a score of years in condensed matter physics, earning an international reputation for discovering and developing new materials. His work combines physics, chemistry, and metallurgy and is specifically focused on the properties of conducting and magnetic materials. In this lecture Dr. Canfield will outline the basic philosophy and techniques needed to search for novel materials.  These include a combination of intuition, experience, compulsive optimism and a desire to share discovery.  The lecture will be general, trying to answer the basic questions of how and why do you discover novel materials, and include side comments, mildly slanderous asides and references to philosophers living and dead.
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