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Research

Theoretical and Computational Condensed Matter and Materials Physics

The condensed matter theorists at West Virginia work to provide a better understanding of materials, their interfaces and interactions, and to lay the foundation for applications based on the discovery of new physics. 

Faculty Research

Prof. Leonardo Golubovic does theoretical research in statistical physics and non-linear dynamics of condensed matter. The studies are at the interfaces of condensed matter physics with biological physics and material science. The research interests involve properties of liquid crystals, DNA, biological membranes, dynamics of interfaces of thin films, and, most recently, the dynamics of celestial scale strings such as space elevators.

Prof. James P. Lewis studies the properties in a variety of materials using computational methods of condensed matter. Research includes investigating the optical properties of delafossite oxide systems which are relevant in photovoltaics and photocatalysts, and more recently, the catalytic properties of bimetallic nanocluster systems. Our research goal is to see what sort of properties, electronic structure or otherwise, can be obtained from applying our computational program, called FIREBALL. 

Prof. Aldo Romero has been involved in implementing and using Density Functional Theory, Time Dependent Density Functional Theory, and many particle approaches (GW or Bethe-Salpeter), which are the methods most often used to describe any material. Prof. Romero’s experience goes from crystalline systems, amorphous and glasses to different types of nanostructures. Routinely, Prof. Romero performs computational materials characterization, such as determining the electronic, optical, elastic, vibrational and magnetic properties based on these theories. 

Prof. Tudor Stanescu’s research interests are driven by current experimental observations that challenge the standard paradigms of transport, magnetism, or superconductivity and by those aimed at creating and probing novel, unconventional phases and quantum states. Materials characterized by strong correlations, systems with spin-orbit interactions, or those characterized by strong orbital effects are some of the likely candidates.