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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The group of Dr. 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).
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.