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Dingell Announces UM Scientist Selected for Department of Energy Early Career Research Award

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-06) today announced that Dr. Robert Hovden, Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science at the University of Michigan, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to receive an Early Career Research award. Dr. Hovden is one of 93 early career scientists from across the country who will receive a combined $135 million in funding for research covering a wide range of topics, from artificial intelligence to astrophysics to fusion energy.
“Scientists at the University of Michigan are conducting groundbreaking research everyday that helps us better understand the world around us and advances solutions to some of the most urgent challenges we face,” Dingell said. “I’m proud to join the Department of Energy in recognizing Dr. Hovden for his work, and appreciate him representing our UM community so well.”  

"Our lab works at the forefront of atomic imaging using high-energy electron beams to discover exotic electronic or quantum behavior in materials," Dr. Hovden said. "If you want to see atoms, visit the University of Michigan—it is a special place for seeing the atomic arrangement of matter."

Learn more about Dr. Hovden’s research, “Room Temperature Stabilization of Ordered 2D Charge Density Waves in Atomically Thin Materials,” here.
Funding for this award is part of the DOE Office of Science’s Early Career Research Program, which bolsters the nation’s scientific workforce by supporting exceptional researchers at the outset of their careers, when many scientists do their most formative work. Since its inception in 2010, the Early Career Research Program has made 868 awards, with 564 awards to university researchers and 304 awards to National Lab researchers.
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