University of Chicago
Liew Family Professor
*RSVP by Wednesday, December 4th*
Faculty Host: Sahar Sharifzadeh
Student Host: Arielle Cohen
Refreshments at 2:45 PM
Title: Atomic Level Stories of Materials for Sustainability and Quantum Information Science
In this talk I will discuss how we can predict and design materials for next generation technologies, by combining theories based on quantum mechanics, software running on high performance computers and ever-growing amounts of data. The aim is to tackle two outstanding challenges: designing sustainable materials to efficiently capture solar energy and enable technologies deployable in both developed and developing countries, and inventing materials to build radically novel sensors and computers, to move in earnest into the quantum information age.
Giulia Galli is the Liew Family Professor of Electronic Structure and Simulations in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago. She also holds a Senior Scientist position at Argonne National Laboratory, where she is the director the Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials. Prior to joining UChicago, she was Professor of Chemistry and Physics at UC Davis (2005-2013) and the head of the Quantum Simulations group at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL, 1998-2005). She holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the International School of Advanced Studies in Italy. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the LLNL Science and Technology Award, the US Department of Energy Award of Excellence, the Materials Research Society Theory Award, the APS David Adler Lectureship in Materials Physics, the Feynman Nanotechnology Prize in Theory, the medal of the Schola Physica Romana and the Tomassoni-Chisesi award by the Sapienza University of Rome.