International GDR (IRN)

Quantum materials by design

Quantum materials by design
Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science and Chemistry Department

Utrecht University

Ornstein Laboratory, Princetonplein 1, 3584 CC Utrecht, Netherlands

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Group leader :

  • Zeila Zanolli

Permanent researchers :

  • Dr. Andrés Rafael Botello Mendez

Post-Doctoral researchers :

  • Pedro M. Monteiro Campos de Melo

PhD students :

  • Riccardo Reho
  • Arnold Kole
  • Pim Keizer

Research topics :

  • First-principles (ab initio) modelling of nanoscale materials, with special focus on quantum materials and applications in nanoelectronics and spintronic devices.
  • The investigation of the electronic and magnetic properties is performed using ground state and beyond ground-state (GW approximation, Bethe-Salpeter equation) Density Functional Theory techniques. Non-Equilibrium Green’s Function is used to model time dependent phenomena, such as spin-polarized quantum transport and time-dependent photoluminescence.
  • The investigated systems include 2D materials (TMDs, monochalcogenides, BN), carbon-based nanostructures (carbon nanotubes, monoatomic carbon chains, graphene, …), hybrid organic-inorganic materials, III-V semiconductor nanowires.