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Title: Commentary: The Hash House Harriers and the winding path to materials discovery

Materials science research can be both very demanding and extremely rewarding. In this Commentary, in my own research of new electronic and magnetic materials, I give numerous exemplars of the path followed to materials discovery. I also highlight the parallels between my research experiences with the pastime of running. I hope that my thoughts will help guide junior researchers along the often tortuous and exciting path to new materials and that I can teach them to be open minded and persistent about following new lines of discovery. “No-pain, no-gain” applies to many things in life, running and scientific research being just two examples, but I hope in the case of scientific research that I can convince you the gain normally outweighs the pain.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22415265
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: APL materials; Journal Volume: 3; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: (c) 2015 Author(s); Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE; HISTORICAL ASPECTS; MAGNETIC MATERIALS; MAGNETIC PROPERTIES; NANOSTRUCTURES