Physicist Receives CAREER Award

by Ed Hayward

Boston College Assistant Professor of Physics Ruihua He, whose research explores new classes of quantum materials, has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, the agency’s most prestigious grant for early-career faculty who best exemplify the role of teacher-scholar.

The five-year, $540,000 grant will support He’s project “Probing an Emergent New Class of Electronic Liquid Crystals Using Synchrotron X-rays: Superconductors and Beyond,” which seeks to unravel the mysteries of a new class of materials with unusual electronic properties.

“I am grateful to the National Science Foundation and the agency’s support of my work,” said He, who joined BC in 2012. “I benefitted from the assistance of some of my colleagues here in the department, who helped me shape the proposal both in terms of research and outreach. Professor and Department Chairman Michael J. Naughton offered encouragement, constructive criticism and moral support for which I am very thankful.”