About the Center

About Computational Science

Computational science is concerned with solving mathematical models of physical systems by using computers. The Hungarian physicist Edward Teller foresaw as early as in the 1950's that computer simulations would eventually form a central pillar in the future of chemistry, physics and biology. This vision took decades to come to full fruition, but as computers grew more powerful and widely available in the 1970's and 1980's, their use became an important aspect in the study of complex systems beyond the reach of conventional theoretical techniques. Two Nobel prizes have so far been awarded so far in the field of computational science: in 1998, Walter Kohn and John Pople shared the prize for the development of the density-functional theory and for the development of computational methods in quantum chemistry, respectively. In 2013, Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshel were jointly awarded the prize for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.

About The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center

The development and use of computational methods and algorithms lies at the heart of a diverse array of subjects which cross the traditional boundaries between scientific fields. In recognition of this, Tel Aviv University established the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Computational Molecular and Materials Science in 2015, as a multidisciplinary focal point for computational research conducted throughout the campus. The Center runs weekly seminars and discussion tables, provides scholarships for excellent young researchers, organizes schools and international conferences, and facilitates visits by renowned lecturers from all around the world.

The center currently encompasses 8 research groups from Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, and is headed by its founder, Prof. Eran Rabani.