Commentary: The Hash House Harriers and the winding path to materials discovery

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2015-04-07
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Canfield, Paul
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Materials science research can be both very demanding and extremely rewarding. In this Commentary, in my own research of new electronic and magnetic materials, I give numerous exemplars of the path followed to materials discovery. I also highlight the parallels between my research experiences with the pastime of running. I hope that my thoughts will help guide junior researchers along the often tortuous and exciting path to new materials and that I can teach them to be open minded and persistent about following new lines of discovery. “No-pain, no-gain” applies to many things in life, running and scientific research being just two examples, but I hope in the case of scientific research that I can convince you the gain normally outweighs the pain.

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This article is published as Canfield, Paul C. "Commentary: The Hash House Harriers and the winding path to materials discovery." APL Materials 3, no. 4 (2015): 041001. DOI: 10.1063/1.4917192. Posted with permission.

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