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. Rakesh Chatterjee
School of Mechanical Engineering
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Dr. Chatterjee joined The Sackler Center in November 2017. His research is focused on the statistical properties of low-dimensional non-equilibrium systems using analytical theory and numerical simulation. He has studied theoretical models that mimics colloidal particle transport and aggregation by means of external field. He has also worked on financial markets to identify points of drastic changes in the correlation structure within the application of random matrix theory. Currently he is working on simple lattice-gas model when active particles are closed-packed to investigate jamming and un-jamming of particles with some internal motility.
Dr. Xiang Gao
School of Chemistry
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Dr. Gao joined the Sackler Center in October 2018. His research is focused on the nanotribological properties of two-dimensional (2D) layered materials, using molecular dynamics simulations and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Currently, he is studying the effects of grain boundaries on the friction properties of homojuctions and heterojunctions of graphene and hexagonal boron nitride. He is also working on accurate calculations of sliding and binding energy landscape of other novel 2D materials, such as molybdenum disulfide, using DFT calculations with considerations of many body dispersion effects.
Dr. Udit Khanna
School of Physics and Astronomy
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Dr. Khanna joined the Sackler Center in November 2017. His research is focused on the properties of low-dimensional condensed matter systems, using both analytical and numerical techniques. He has studied transport properties of topological insulators and Weyl-semimetals. He has also worked on edge reconstruction in quantum Hall states. Currently, he is studying the effect of strong correlations and emergence of superconductivity in two-dimensional electron gases.
Dr. Somrita Ray
School of Chemistry
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Dr. Ray joined the Sackler Center in June, 2018. Her research is focused on modeling stochastic processes that occur far from equilibrium. She has worked on the energetics of classical and quantum Brownian systems, rate theory of chemical reactions and heat transport phenomena. In addition, she is interested in stochastic thermodynamics and has published work exploring several aspects of precision, energetic cost and periodic driving in small-scale dissipative systems. With a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Visva-Bharati University, India and a post-doc from the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Germany, she now takes a Physical Chemist's perspective to better understand biophysical and biochemical systems at a single molecule level.
Former Fellows
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. During his stay, he developed 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. Chen returned to Columbia University in August 2016.
Dr. Sijo K. Joseph
School of Electrical Engineering
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Dr. Joseph joined The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for two years after May 2016. His work involved the application of time dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) to investigate light matter interaction in bio-inspired materials. He is also focused on the development of different numerical propagation schemes for the time dependent Kohn-Sham equations.
Dr. Davide Mandelli
School of Chemistry
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Dr. Mandelli was at The Sackler Center for two years, starting in February 2016. His work involved theory and simulations of friction at nano- and micro-scales, including friction in colloidal systems and layered materials.
Dr. Erdal C. Oğuz
School of Mechanical Engineering
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Dr. Oğuz joined The Sackler Center during two years, from September 2016. His theoretical and numerical research addressed the statistical mechanics of soft condensed matter with an emphasis on structure and dynamics of colloidal systems under external fields. He investigated the self-assembly of soft quasicrystals as well as local density fluctuations and hyperuniformity in various point patterns including (non-)periodic and quasiperiodic ones.
Dr. Michael Ridley
School of Chemistry
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Dr. Ridley joined the Sackler Center in March 2017, after completing a PhD at Imperial College London. He worked on time-dependent quantum transport in driven systems and the theory of quantum fluctuations using nonequilibrium Green's function (NEGF) theory. His investigations included the effect of local interactions on the full counting statistics of electron transport in molecular junctions.
Dr. Akansha Singh
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Dr. Singh was at The Sackler Center for two years, starting in November 2015. Her work involved 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.