Faculty Profile

Karin M. Rabe
Distinguished Professor
Board of Governors Professor
Member of the Graduate Faculty
Group: Condensed matter theory
Phone: 848-445-9030
Office: E265
Email: rabe@physics.rutgers.edu
Homepage: http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/~karin/

Research Overview:

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.

News Item(s):
  • Professors Eva Andrei and Karin Rabe were named Rutgers Board of Governors Professors of Physics
  • Craig Fennie, former graduate student of Karin Rabe, has won a 2013 MacArthur "Genius" Award
  • Eva Andrei, Karin Rabe, David Vanderbilt, and Juan Maldecena, a former post-doc in NHETC, have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences
  • Karin Rabe has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • AAAS has announced that Eva Andrei and Karin Rabe have been named fellows
  • Professor Karin Rabe is a coauthor on a recent Nature paper that was an experimental confirmation of a prediction of her former grad student Craig Fennie
  • Professor Karin Rabe has won the 2008 David Adler Lectureship Award of the American Physical Society
  • The NSF has funded a major proposal submitted by Gabi Kotliar, David Vanderbilt, Karin Rabe, and Christian Uebing