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A Solid Solution to the Problem

Lab-created crystals.
mararie
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Lab-created crystals.
Credit mararie / Flickr, Creative Commons
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Flickr, Creative Commons
Lab-created crystals.

When thinking of all the solids we use in our everyday life, it is striking how many are made by humans instead of occurring naturally. In the past, making new mixtures of common elements was done in the search for better tools and weapons.  Now, scientists search for materials with properties better suited for harvesting solar energy or acting as components in an electronic device.  One such scientist is Dr. Tiglet Besara, a physicist at Missouri State University. He stops by STEM Spots to talk about the need and search for new crystals.Listen to Dave Cornelison's full interview with Tiglet Besara here.

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Dr. David Cornelison has been working as an educator and scientist in Arizona and Missouri universities for the last 25 years. Since 2010, he has been the head of the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University. His research interests lie at the intersection of experimental condensed-matter physics and astrophysics, while his educational efforts have focused on outreach to the K-12 school system. Most of all, he believes in curiosity-driven learning in the sciences and all other fields.