LDRD Seminar Series: ‘Optimizing Materials for Solar Energy Conversion: In Search for Descriptors’
Senior scientist Giulia Galli (MSD), an Argonne/University of Chicago Joint Appointment, will discuss her Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) sponsored work at the LDRD Seminar Series presentation Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.
“Optimizing Materials for Solar Energy Conversion: In Search for Descriptors” will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 203 Auditorium. All are welcome to attend.
We discuss the results of first principles simulations of interfaces present between photo-absorber, catalysts and water in photo-electrochemical cells. We focus on the identification of descriptors for the optimization of photo-conversion properties, and on the role of complex morphologies present in solar materials.
Giulia Galli is the Liew Family Professor of Electronic Structure and Simulations in the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. She also holds a senior scientist position at Argonne and she is a Senior Fellow of the UChicago/Argonne Computational Institute. Prior to joining UChicago and Argonne, 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 (1998-2005).
She holds a Ph.D. in physics from the International School of Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the AAAS. She is the recipient of an award of excellence from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) (2000) and of the Science and Technology Award from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2004). She is currently the director of Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials, established by DOE in 2015. Her research activity is focused on the development and use of theoretical and computational tools to understand and predict the properties and behavior of materials (solids, liquids and nanostructures) from first principles.