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David Mandrus

Professor & Jerry and Kay Henry Endowed Professor


David Mandrus earned his Ph.D. in physics from Stony Brook University in 1992.  His dissertation research involved infrared spectroscopy and break-junction tunneling studies of high-temperature superconductors.  From 1992-1995 Dr. Mandrus was a postdoctoral associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory.   While at LANL, he became interested in the synthesis and crystal growth of new materials, particularly correlated electron materials.  In 1995 Dr. Mandrus joined the staff of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and in 2000 established the “Correlated Electron Materials Group” (CEMG) at ORNL.  From 2000 until 2010 Dr. Mandrus served as group leader of the CEMG.  In 2010 Dr. Mandrus joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Mandrus uses the experimental tools of materials synthesis and crystal growth to address cutting-edge issues in materials physics. Recent interests include: (1) discovery and characterization of new unconventional superconductors, (2) discovery and characterization of new collective phenomena in transition metal oxides, especially involving slow dynamics, (3) neutron scattering investigations of exotic magnets, and (4) new materials for thermoelectric refrigeration and power generation.  Dr. Mandrus is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has authored or co-authored more than 250 technical papers that have been cited more than 6,000 times.


Growth, discovery, and materials physics of new electronic and magnetic materials (e.g., superconductors, thermoelectrics, multiferroics, and itinerant magnets).  Oxide electronics.


Ph.D., Stony Brook University: Growth, discovery, and materials physics of new electronic and magnetic materials (e.g., superconductors, thermoelectrics, multiferroics, and itinerant magnets). Oxide electronics.

Professional Service

  • Symposium Co-Organizer, Solid-State Chemistry of Inorganic Materials, MRS Fall Meeting, 2010
  • DMP/GMAG Focus Topic Organizer, Complex Oxides, APS March Meeting, 2010
  • Co-organizer, International Workshop on Synthesis of Functional Oxide Materials, University of California, Santa Barbara, August 2007
  • Co-organizer, Correlated Electron Crystals,  session at the International Conference on Crystal Growth, Salt Lake City, Utah, August, 2007
  • Co-organizer, International Conference on Thermoelectrics,  Clemson University, June 2005

Awards and Recognitions

Fellow, American Physical Society
UT-Battelle Scientific Research Award, 2009
Member, Superconductor Science and Technology Advisory Board
Joint Faculty, Materials Science and Technology Division, ORNL


Mandrus, D; Sefat, A. S.; McGuire, M. A.; Sales, B. C., “Materials Chemistry of BaFe2As2  : A Model Platform for Unconventional Superconductivity.” Chemistry of Materials 22, 715(2010).

Lumsden, M. D.; Christianson, A. D.; Goremychkin, E. A.; Nagler, S. E.; Mook, H. A.; Stone, M. B.; Abernathy, D. L.;  MacDougall, G. J.; de la Cruz, C.; Sefat, A. S.; McGuire, M. A.; Sales, B. C.;  Mandrus, D., “Evolution of spin excitations into the superconducting state in FeTe1-xSex.” NATURE PHYSICS, 2010. 6(3): p. 182.

Sefat, A.S., R.Y. Jin, M.A. McGuire, B.C. Sales, D.J. Singh, and D. Mandrus, “Superconductivity at 22 K in Co-doped BaFe2As2 crystals,” Physical Review Letters, 2008. 101(11): p. 117004.

Angst, M., R.P. Hermann, A.D. Christianson, M.D. Lumsden, C. Lee, M.H. Whangbo, J.W. Kim, P.J. Ryan, S.E. Nagler, W. Tian, R. Jin, B.C. Sales, and D. Mandrus, “Charge Order in LuFe2O4: Antiferroelectric Ground State and Coupling to Magnetism”. Physical Review Letters, 2008. 101(22): p. 227601.

Hermann, R.P., V. Keppens, P. Bonville, G.S. Nolas, F. Grandjean, G.J. Long, H.M. Christen, B.C. Chakoumakos, B.C. Sales, and D. Mandrus, “Direct experimental evidence for atomic tunneling of europium in crystalline Eu8Ga16Ge30.” Physical Review Letters, 2006. 97(1): p. 017401.

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