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Haidong Zhou, an assistant professor in physics and astronomy, is not a scientist who is easily daunted by frustration. In fact, his latest research deals with materials that have frustration built right in.

The project, titled “Emergent Quantum Spin-Liquid in Yb-Pyrochlores and Yb-Spinels,” begins August 1 of this year and lasts for five years. The work is funded by the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s third National Science Foundation CAREER grant in three years.

The research falls in line with Zhou’s interest in new materials with novel properties. To read about his research, visit the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s website.