Professor Chris Leighton, an IPrime EMD program faculty, is among six recipients of the 2014 Distinguished McKnight University Professorship. The University-wide program seeks to honor and reward the most distinguished and highest-achieving mid-career faculty who have recently attained full professor status, especially those who have made significant advances in their careers at the University of Minnesota, whose work and reputation are identified with the University, and whose accomplishments have brought great renown and prestige to Minnesota. Recipients are honored with the title Distinguished McKnight University Professor, which they hold for as long as they remain at the University of Minnesota. The grant associated with the Professorship consists of $100,000 over five years to be used, in accordance with University policy, for research and scholarly activities.
IPrime EMD program faculty, Leighton conducts interdisciplinary research at the interface between materials science, chemistry, and condensed matter physics, seeking to understand electronic and magnetic properties of a broad range of materials. These materials, and the devices built from them, are of interest for applications as diverse as data storage, microelectronics, and solar cells, and for fundamental studies of electrons in solids. His research is internationally recognized, published in leading journals, and has yielded several awards and honors.