Vladan Stevanovic in the office

Vladan Stevanovic, assistant professor of metallurgical and materials engineering at Colorado School of Mines and part of the CCAC, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for work that could accelerate the discovery of new metastable materials.

Invaluable to our daily lives, metastable materials remain a bit of a mystery to scientists. These forms of matter are long-lived in environments and conditions at which, according to thermodynamics, they should spontaneously transform into more stable forms, like diamonds into graphite or glass into quartz.

Stevanovic will receive $521,376 over five years for his project, Toward Rational Discovery and Design of Metastable Materials,” which aims to enable rational and reliable discovery and design of new metastable materials.

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