Canfield wins major U.S. Department of Energy Award

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Iowa State Distinguished Professor of physics Paul Canfield is one of nine recipients of the 2011 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for "outstanding contributions in research and development supporting the U.S. Department of Energy and its missions."

The award for Canfield, who also holds the Robert Allen Wright Endowed Professorship at ISU, is in the condensed matter and materials sciences category. He is being honored for innovative syntheses and high-quality single crystal solution growth of novel new materials and the collaborative consummate elucidation of their fundamental properties using a range of techniques.

Winners in each category will receive a gold medal, a citation and $20,000. They will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., early next year. The Lawrence Award was established in 1959 to honor Ernest Orlando Lawrence who invented the cyclotron (a particle accelerator). More