Physics Library, Room 223A, Physics Building
The MU Physics & Astronomy Department's O. M. Stewart Colloquium Series presents, "Using Density Functional Theory to Design New Materials," Tuesday, Feb. 20, 4:00 p.m. in the Physics Building library. Refreshments will be served beginning at 3:45 p.m.
Antia Sanchez-Botana, a postdoctoral appointee with the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Lab, writes, "Strong correlations in transition metal compounds give rise to a broad range of interesting phenomena, including high-temperature superconductivity, metal-insulator transitions, and colossal magnetoresistance. In recent years, intensive efforts have been directed towards manipulating these phenomena, and creating novel ones, using heterostructures. Modern computational techniques are proving to be crucial not only to provide a fundamental understanding, but also to design new materials with targeted properties. I will illustrate their utility with two examples. First, the design of a cuprate analog as a promising candidate for high temperature superconductivity. And second, of an unexplored class of heterostructures for the realization of parallel two-dimensional, two-carrier (electron+hole) gases."