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Volker Blum: An Integrated, First-Principles Vision for Materials, Nanostructures, and the Properties They Control

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Volker Blum, PhD, Associate Professor

MEMS Department / Center for Materials Genomics

Volker Blum is  an Associate Professor in the MEMS Department at Duke University. He received his Dr. rer. nat. degree from University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in 2001. From 2002 to 2004, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, before moving to the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin (2004-2013), where he last held a group leader position.

His research focus is the computational, quantum-mechanics based prediction of materials and molecular properties, covering inorganic nanostructures and interfaces as well as molecular structure and spectroscopy. He is also the coordinator and lead developer of the "FHI-aims" electronic structure package, a globally developed and used computer code for computational materials simulations based on density-functional theory and many-body approaches.

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