Dr. Benedek received her BS in Chemistry (with First Class Honors) and PhD in Chemistry and Applied Physics, both from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Her doctoral work focused on first-principles theoretical studies of bonding and intermolecular interactions in a class of mixed organic-inorganic molecular crystals. As a postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College London, she studied the structures of grain boundaries in complex oxides and developed a computational technique for predicting the atomic-scale structures of interfaces. Dr. Benedek continued her work on complex oxides as a postdoctoral fellow in Applied Physics at Cornell, where among other things, she discovered a new route to achieve electric field-control of the magnetization in a class of layered perovskite oxides. The Benedek group uses first-principles theoretical techniques to explore and solve fundamental problems in the solid-state chemistry of complex oxides and to elucidate the structural basis of the transport properties (ionic and thermal, primarily) of oxides.
Dr. Benedek was awarded a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (Oak Ridge Associated Universities) to support her research on ionic transport in layered perovskites. She is also a recipient of a 2015 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.
The Benedek group uses theory and first-principles calculations to design, predict and understand the structures and properties of functional materials, especially complex oxides. We are particularly interested in understanding and formulating structure-property relationships for fast ionic transport in perovskites and layered perovskites. Another major focus is on using phonon Boltzmann approaches to understand the microscopic mechanisms of thermal transport in perovskites.
- 2014. "Origin of ferroelectricity in a family of polar oxides: The Dion-Jacobson phases." Inorganic Chemistry 53 (7): 3769-3777. .
- 2013. "Why are there so few perovskite ferroelectrics?." The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 117 (26): 13339-13349. .
- 2011. "Hybrid improper ferroelectricity: A mechanism for controllable polarization-magnetization coupling." Physical review letters 106: 107204. .
- 2010. "A genetic algorithm for predicting the structures of interfaces in multicomponent systems." Nature Materials 9: 418-422. .
- 2016. "'Ferroelectric' metals reexamined: Fundamental mechanisms and design considerations for new materials." Journal of Materials Chemistry C. .
Selected Awards and Honors
- Journal of Materials Chemistry Emerging Investigator 2016
- NSF CAREER Award 2015
- Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award 2014
- Australian Postgraduate Award 2003