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Rabe, Karin
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Rabe, Karin
Professor II

Phone: 732-445-5500, ext. 4186

Ph.D. in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987

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Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Chemical and structural complexity has proved to be an critical factor in producing a variety of fascinating properties of solids, including ferroelectricity, large piezoelectric and dielectric responses, and multiferroicity in metals and insulators, as well as quasicrystallinity and high-temperature superconductivity. The research in my group currently centers on the theoretical investigation of ferroelectrics and related materials, and of magnetic and nonmagnetic martensites. First-principles density-functional methods are used both directly and in the construction of first-principles effective Hamiltonians for theoretical prediction and analysis of properties of materials, both real and as-yet hypothetical, in bulk and thin film forms. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Teaching Areas
Physics 272 (recitations), Honors Physics II, Spring 2000
Physics 601, Solid State Physics I; Fall 2000, Fall 2001, Fall 2002, Fall 2003, Fall 2004
Physics 602, Solid State Physics II; Spring 2002, Spring 2003, Spring 2004
Physics 627 (series of three lectures), Surface Science, Fall 2002, Fall 2008, Fall 2009
Physics 140, The Greenhouse Effect, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008
Physics 227 (course administrator), Fall 2006, Fall 2007
Physics 227 (lecturer), Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010
Physics 228 (lecturer) Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011
Memberships and Professional Service
Aspen Center for Physics: General Member (since 1995), Trustee (2002-2008), Vice President (since 2007)
EPSRC Portfolio Grant in Theoretical Physics and Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, visiting
committee, 2004-2008.
CMMP 2010: An Assessment of and Outlook for Condensed-Matter and Materials Physics (National
Academy of Science), committee member.
Co-organizer (with R. E. Cohen, P. Gehring and D. Schlom), Winter Conference on Advances in
Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectrics and Beyond, Aspen, CO, January 2010.
Co-organizer (with P. Davies), 18th Annual Workshop on Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectrics,
Williamsburg, VA, February 2007.
Co-organizer (with T. Shrout), 16th Annual Workshop on Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectrics,
Williamsburg, VA, February 2005.
Co-organizer (with D. Vanderbilt and K. Burke), 16th Annual Workshop on Recent Developments in
Electronic Structure Methods, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, May 2004.
Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize committee, American Physical Society: member 2010, chair
David Adler Lectureship Award committee, American Physical Society: member 2008.
Editorial Board, Scientific Reports, 2011-present.
Editorial Board, Physical Review B, 2003-2009.
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, member of Advisory Editorial Board, 2003-2007.
Referee of articles for Nature, Science, Physical Review Letters, Applied Physics Letters, Physical Review
B, Solid State Communications
Referee of grants for National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, US-Israel Binational Science
Foundation, EPSRC
K-12 Outreach
Assistant in “buckyball” program for grade school students, U. California at Santa Barbara, spring 2001
Instructor of “buckyball” program for high school girls through the Douglass Project, Rutgers University
(Douglass Science Institute, June 2002, Douglass Weekend Science Academy, Fall 2001, 2002 and 2003)
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Fellow of the AAAS 2011
David Adler Lectureship Award in Materials Physics 2008
Promotion from Professor I to Professor II, Rutgers University 2004
Fellow of the American Physical Society 2003
Arthur Greer Memorial Prize, Yale College 1994
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship 1993
Junior Faculty Fellowship in the Natural Sciences, Yale Univ. 1991
Presidential Young Investigator 1990
Clare Boothe Luce Professorship (five-year term) 1989
Phi Beta Kappa 1982
George B. Wood Legacy Prize (first in junior class) 1982
N.S.F. Graduate Fellowship 1982
Ida M. Green Fellowship 1982
AT&T Graduate Research Program for Women, fellowship 1982