In his career, he has published over 500 peer-reviewed papers, 36 of them in Nature and 8 of them in Science. These papers have been cited over 30,000 times, including his seminal work on Ba2YCu3O9-δ (YBCO), which has been cited almost 1500 times.
In recognition of his contributions to the fields, he was named fellow of the American Institute of Physics (1988) and elected to the National Academy of Sciences (2001). Acknowledging Cava's achievements, the National Academy of Science specifically pointed to his mastery of the ternary and quaternary oxides that produced materials possessing high-temperature superconductivity.
In addition to research, Cava's ability to connect with students while teaching has earned him several teaching awards, including the Fall 2002 Excellence in Teaching Award from Princeton University.
Previously, Professor Cava worked as a staff scientist at Bell labs from 1979–1996, where earned the title of Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff. His work focuses on high-temperature superconductors, thermoelectrics, and geometrically frustrated magnets.
- Cava, Robert; et al. (20 April 1987). "Bulk superconductivity at 91 K in single-phase oxygen-deficient perovskite Ba2YCu3O9-δ". Phys. Rev. Lett. 58: 1676–1679. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.58.1676. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
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