Meet CMI Researcher Brian Sales

CMI focus area deputy leader Brian SalesCMI researcher Brian Sales is the Deputy Lead for Focus Area 2, Developing Substitutes. In this role, he assists Adam Schwartz in overseeing projects that reduce the usage of critical rare earth elements by developing substitute materials with equivalent or superior properties.

Dr. Sales’ research has focused on the discovery, synthesis, and development of new materials with potential to impact advanced energy technologies. He has made significant contributions in the areas of materials for nuclear waste storage, the solid-state generation of electrical power directly from heat, and the lossless transport of electricity in superconductors. Brian is internationally recognized for his research on new thermoelectric materials that convert heat directly into electricity with no moving parts. Brian is also known for his pioneering work on the use of High-Performance Liquid Chromatography to determine the solid-state structure of phosphate glasses, for discovering and developing a new glass for storing nuclear waste, for developing a quantitative model that explained several oscillatory catalytic reactions, for the discovery and characterization of rare earth and transition metal compounds with exotic magnetic properties, and for the growth of large crystals of high temperature superconductors for fundamental studies.

Brian has over 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals, has authored 5 book chapters, and has been awarded 6 patents. His papers have been cited over 13,000 times and his current h number is 60. He has won several major awards including an IR-100 award, an award from Science Digest, an award from the Department of Energy, and a Gordon Battelle Prize. Brian was made a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1998.

Brian received a BS degree in Physics from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1969, and a PhD in Physics from the University of California at San Diego in 1974. Brian is currently the Group Leader for the Correlated Electron Materials Group in the Materials Sciences and Technology Division at ORNL and an ORNL Corporate Fellow.