A physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory has won an international award for his work studying materials that could someday ship electricity from power plants to homes without losing a drop of energy.
Ivan Bozovic has been awarded the 2012 Bernd T. Matthias Prize for Superconducting Materials. Scientists believe the materials are crucial in the effort to overcome the world’s energy challenges. If used to make a wire, superconductors can send electricity across long distances without an iota of resistance. If curved into a loop, they can hold a charge forever.
The problem is most superconductors are only effective at extremely low temperatures, rendering them impractical for everyday use.
Bozovic’s work at Brookhaven focuses on developing superconductors that could be used at higher temperatures and would be potentially practical for common applications.
He will share the award with James N. Eckstein of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Dirk Johrendt of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen in Germany.
“More frequently, awards are given for a single important discovery,” Bozovic said. “My research on superconducting materials is characterized by several decades of patience and methodical work to slowly but steadily improve techniques and sample quality. It’s not very glamorous, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I received this prestigious honor.”
Photo: Brookhaven National Laboratory physicist Ivan Bozovic in his lab.