I am highly interested in developing a thorough comprehension of excited electronic states and their dynamics for modern and new material systems.
Due to the rapidly increasing capabilities of modern computing clusters and super-computers, computational materials science nowadays is in a unique position of exploiting recent developments of sophisticated parameter-free methods with predictive accuracy; those imposed insurmountable challenges only a few years ago.
It will be at the heart of my work at UIUC to incorporate my research of excited electrons and their dynamics into predictive computational materials design. This challenging goal can be reached together with the outstanding faculty members and students and by leveraging the excellent experimental and theoretical capabilities as well as the Blue Waters project. This will enable me to answer fundamental open questions in materials science to solve outstanding problems of future technologies and energy applications.