Giulia Galli, The University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory
The Long and Winding Road: Predicting Material Properties Through Theory and Computation
The Materials Theory Award, endowed by Toh-Ming Lu and Gwo Ching Wang, recognizes exceptional advances made by materials theory to the fundamental understanding of the structure and behavior of materials.
“for the development of advanced first-principles simulation methods and their application to the understanding, prediction and design of complex nanostructured materials"
Galli will discuss recent progress in predicting material from the basic principles of quantum mechanics, with specific examples on nanomaterials for energy-conversion processes and materials for quantum information science. Furthermore, Galli will discuss some of the open challenges involved in enabling scientific discoveries by computation, including theoretical and algorithmic advances required to broaden the scope of properties accessible by first-principle simulations, as well as innovative methods to collect, verify and use data generated by simulations.
About Giulia Galli
Giulia Galli is the Liew Family Professor of Electronic Structure and Simulations in the Institute for Molecular Engineering and professor of chemistry at The University of Chicago. She also holds a senior scientist position at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). Prior to joining The University of Chicago and ANL, Galli was professor of chemistry and physics at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) and the Head of the Quantum Simulations Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She holds a BS degree in physics from the Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia and a PhD degree in physics from the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA). She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the recipient of an Award of Excellence from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Science and Technology Award from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the 2019 David Adler Lectureship Award from the American Physical Society. Galli is currently the Director of MICCoM (Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials: http://miccom-center.org), established by the U.S. Department of Energy 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 (https://galligroup.uchicago.edu).