A University of Texas at Austin team was awarded nearly $3M to fund a NSF Materials Interdisciplinary Research Team (MIRT) grant in the inaugural year of this program. Prof. Arumugam Manthiram leads a team of six University of Texas faculty and one faculty from the University of Virginia in Exploring Unusual Properties of Transition Metal Oxides. These materials are vital to the development of a broad range of technologies, including everything from cell phones to large-scale energy storage. The goal of their research is to gain a profound fundamental understanding of the physics and chemistry involved in controlling the properties of transition-metal oxides. The oxides exhibit many unusual properties, ranging from best electrical insulators to best conductors, including high-temperature superconductors.