PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM
California State University Long Beach

Monday, November 13, 2017
11:15 am in PH1-223

(Refreshments served at 10:45am in HSCl-224)
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Density Functional Theory and its Applications to Physics and Chemistry

Dr. Kurt Fredrickson
Applied Materials (Sunnyvale, CA)

Density functional theory (DFT) is a widely-used computational tool in academia and industry that has been successful in predicting a wide variety of physical phenomena. Its ability to balance computational cost and accuracy allows to it be used for a wide variety of technologically important properties at the atomic scale, such as band gaps, band offsets, and binding energies. In this talk, I will present my doctoral and postdoctoral work in DFT and its applications in physics, chemistry, and engineering, including interface modeling, chemical deposition, and catalysis. I will also mention its importance to industry and some applications to industrial problems.