Senior Members
Prof. Eran Rabani
Director School of Chemistry
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
The research of Prof. Rabani's group involves the theoretical understanding of fundamental aspects of nanoscience. The group makes use of both analytical and computer simulation techniques to investigate the behavior of a wide variety of topics including: structural, electronic and optical properties of nanocrystals, transport in molecular and mesoscopic junctions, self-assembly of nanomaterials, energy transfer in nanosystems, and properties of liquids and glasses.
Dr. Guy Cohen
School of Chemistry
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
The group of Dr. Cohen investigates nonequilibrium phenomena in chemical and condensed matter physics. They try to understand how strongly correlated quantum systems react to dissipative environments and to external perturbations, particularly in the context of the transport properties of nanosystems. This is a deeply challenging and fundamental problem, and therefore they work on state-of-the-art computational methods such as quantum Monte Carlo algorithms.
Dr. Oswaldo Dieguez
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Dr. Dieguez heads the group of Atomistic Simulation of Materials in the Faculty of Engineering. They study the structural, electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of solids by using density-functional theory and other modelling techniques. The main focus of the group is in multifunctional oxides, materials that display properties such as ferroelectricity that make them promising for technological applications.
Dr. Moshe Goldstein
School of Physics and Astronomy
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 6997801, Israel
The research of Dr. Goldstein’s group concerns the theory (both analytical and numerical) of nanoscale and low-dimensional quantum condensed matter systems, including: semiconductors, normal and superconducting metals, carbon-based materials, topological insulators, and ultracold atomic gases. These systems offer the fascinating challenge of understanding the interplay between quantum interference, strong correlations, topology, and nonequlibrium dynamics. Furthermore, they are important as the basic building blocks of future devices, including quantum simulators and quantum computers.
Prof. ODED HOD
School of Chemistry
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
The research of Prof. Hod's group focuses on the theoretical study of the mechanical, electronic, magnetic, and transport properties of systems at the nanoscale. A combination of first-principles methods codes developed within the group and commercial computational chemistry packages allows them to address the properties and functionality of a variety of systems ranging from carefully tailored molecular structures up to bulk systems.
Dr. AMIR NATAN
School of Electrical Engineering
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
The group of Dr. Natan uses first principles quantum calculations and other tools to investigate the electronic properties of materials and devices. In parallel to using commercial and public software they also develop new theoretical methods and software. Current interests include the properties of novel materials, the interaction of light with matter and electrons dynamics, multi-scale modeling of materials and devices, and physical phenomena at surfaces and interfaces.
Prof. ABRAHAM Nitzan
School of Chemistry
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
The research of Prof. Nitzan's group focuses on theoretical aspects of chemical dynamics. This is the branch of chemistry that describes the nature of physical and chemical processes that underline the progress of chemical reactions. In particular, their studies deal with chemical processes involving interactions between light and matter, chemical reactions in condensed phases and at interfaces, and transport phenomena in complex systems.
Dr. Shlomi Reuveni
School of Chemistry
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
The group of Dr. Reuveni is broadly interested in complex systems that are governed by statistical laws and random events. It conducts research at the interface of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Probability and Statistics; and aims to cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries in attempt to mathematically describe, explain, predict, and understand natural phenomena.
Prof. Yair Shokef
School of Mechanical Engineering
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
The group of Prof. Shokef develops and applies theoretical and simulation techniques to the study of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics of soft matter systems. Their current research covers two main directions: stuck matter (including geometric frustration, jamming, and slow dynamics in granular matter, colloids, foam, and glass-forming liquids), and live matter (nonlinear elasticity and active fluctuations in biological systems).
Prof. Michael Urbakh
School of Chemistry
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
The research interests in the group of Prof. Urbakh include the application of theoretical and computational tools to study atomic scale friction, molecular engines, dynamic force spectroscopy, probing the solid-liquid interface with quartz crystal microbalance, interfacial electrochemistry of complex solid surfaces, interfacial soft matter electrochemistry (structure, dynamics, functioning), and electrodynamics of metal surfaces with account of microscopic effects.
Postdoctoral Fellows
Dr. Akansha Singh
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Dr. Singh joined The Sackler Center in November 2015. Her work involves the application of density-functional theory and related computational first-principles methods to investigate the properties of solids, including ferroelectrics and materials of interest for energy applications.
Dr. Davide Mandelli
School of Chemistry
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Dr. Mandelli joined The Sackler Center in February 2016. His work involves theory and simulations of friction at nano- and micro-scales, including friction in colloidal systems and layered materials.
Dr. Sijo K. Joseph
School of Electrical Engineering
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Dr. Joseph joined The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center in May 2016. His work involves the application of time dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) to investigate light matter interaction in bio-inspired materials. He is also focusing on the development of different numerical propagation schemes for the time dependent Kohn-Sham equations.
Dr. Hsing-Ta (Theta) Chen
School of Chemistry
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Dr. Chen joined The Sackler Center in June 2016 from Columbia University. He develops state-of-the-art quantum Monte Carlo algorithms for simulating energy and electron transfer dynamics in condensed phase systems, with the aim of investigating systems ranging from molecular magnets to light-harvesting complexes.
Dr. Erdal C. Oğuz
School of Mechanical Engineering
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Dr. Oğuz joined The Sackler Center in September 2016. His theoretical and numerical research addresses the statistical mechanics of soft condensed matter with an emphasis on structure and dynamics of colloidal systems under external fields. Most recently, he investigates the self-assembly of soft quasicrystals as well as local density fluctuations and hyperuniformity in various point patterns including (non-)periodic and quasiperiodic ones.