Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Volker Blum heads the "Ab initio materials simulations" group at Duke University. Dr. Blum's research focuses on "first-principles" computational materials science: using the fundamental laws of quantum mechanics to predict the properties of real materials from the atomic scale on upwards.
Specific focus areas are interface and nanoscale systems with electronic and energy applications, as well as work on molecular structure and spectroscopy. Recent research topics include structure and properties of graphene on the semiconducting substrate, SiC; structure and electronic properties of new materials for photovoltaics; organic-inorganic hybrid materials; carbon-nitride materials for photocatalysis; and more.
Dr. Blum is the coordinator of a major computer package for computational materials and molecular science based on electronic structure theory, FHI-aims. Work in his group is interdisciplinary (touching areas of physics and chemistry in addition to materials science), with opportunities for international collaboration and exchange. Active collaborations include groups in Berlin, Munich, London, Hefei, and elsewhere.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
- Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry
- Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph.D. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany), 2001
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:
- August-Wilhelm-Scheer Visiting Professorship. Technical University of Munich. 2016
- Outstanding Referee of the Physical Review journals. APS. 2016
- Staedtler Foundation Prize. Staedtler Foundation. 2002
- CHEM 995: Graduate Training Internship
- ME 221L: Structure and Properties of Solids
- ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 492: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
In the News:
- International Collaboration Demonstrates Reliability of Quantum Simulations (Mar 30, 2016)
- New Class of Molecular ‘Lightbulbs’ Illuminate MRI (Mar 23, 2016)
- Pratt Researchers to Harness Computational Power to Solve Time-Intensive Calculations (Jul 10, 2015)
- Energy Initiative Provides First Round of Research Seed Funding (Apr 16, 2014)