Physics Professor Adriana Moreo has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the fourth member of the current physics faculty to earn this honor.
Moreo specializes in the study of condensed matter—specifically the properties of materials that result from a large number of interacting atoms and electrons. Using a variety of theoretical and computational approaches she studies and develops models that capture the properties of materials with strongly-correlated electrons. These include iron- and copper-based high-temperature superconductors, manganites with colossal magnetoresistance, and other transition metal oxides. These materials are characterized by simultaneously active magnetic, charge, orbital and lattice degrees of freedom whose interaction can be tuned by doping, pressure, or external fields. The understanding of the complex phase diagrams of these materials as well as the peculiar properties that they develop is crucial for new technologies that could impact energy storage, medicine, and computers.
"Internal motivation and curiosity is what really drives us to pursue research in physics, but having our efforts recognized by our colleagues provides the external support and encouragement that is needed to succeed," Moreo said. "Thus, I really appreciate this recognition from my scientific colleagues and, as a female physicist, I hope that it may encourage younger women to join the physics community."
Moreo was elected an AAAS Fellow "for contributions to condensed matter physics, in particular for the development of advanced computational techniques for strongly correlated electronic systems such as manganites and cuprates." She is also a fellow of the American Physical Society. She joined the physics faculty in 2004 and is currently teaching a graduate level physics course on Statistical Mechanics. Moreo holds a joint position at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and earned a PhD in physics at the Instituto Balseiro (Bariloche, Argentina) in 1985.
AAAS Fellowship is a lifetime honor recognizing extraordinary accomplishments in advancing science. The 2018 class includes 416 members representing a wide range of fields. Professor Lynne Parker of UT's Tickle College of Engineering was also elected a 2018 Fellow.
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