The BBVA Foundation recognizes Kane and Mele for discovering materials with the “extraordinary property” of being at once insulators and conductors

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences category has gone in this eleventh edition to physicists Charles Kane and Eugene Mele, “for their discovery of topological insulators, a new class of materials with extraordinary electronic properties: (…) they behave as conductors on the surface, but as insulators in the interior,” according to the committee’s citation.