It's All About Energy! The Impact of First Principles Theories and Computation

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Date/Time:Monday, 21 Apr 2014 from 4:10 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:Physics 0003
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Giulia Galli University of Chicago

We will discuss several problems involved in understanding and controlling energy conversion processes, including solar, photo-electrochemical and thermoelectric energy conversion. Using examples from recent studies based on ab initio and atomistic simulations, we will discuss two intertwined issues: what is the impact of microscopic theories and first principles simulations on energy related problems? How do we take up the challenge of building much needed tighter connections between computational and laboratory experiments?

Giulia Galli recently joined the University of Chicago as the Liew Family professor of electronic structure and simulations in the Institute of Molecular Engineering. She previously spent eight years at the University of California, Davis where she was Professor of Chemistry and Physics. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy. Prior to joining the UCD faculty, Giulia Galli was the head of the Quantum Simulations group at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), and she was elected chair of the Division of Computational Physics of the APS in 2006. She is the recipient of an award of excellence from the Department of Energy (2000) and of the Science and Technology Award from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2004). She served as chair of the Extreme Physics and Chemistry of Carbon Directorate of the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) in 2010-2013. Her research activity is focused on quantum simulations of systems and processes relevant to condensed matter physics, physical chemistry, molecular engineering and nano-science.