Alex Zunger
Research Professor
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute • Materials by Design
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MSE Areas: Theory of materials, inverse design, first-principles theory, semiconductors, insulators, alloys, nanostructures, photovoltaics, oxides, nitrides, topological insulators, magnetic semiconductors, metallic structures, high-pressure, one-dimensional systems

Alex Zunger is a physicist who recieved his Ph. D in Tel Aviv University and did his Post Doc at UC Berkley and Northwestern University. His research field is Theory of Real Materials. This encompasses development and application of atomistic theoretical methods for describing the electronic, magnetic, structural, mechanical and transport properties from first principles quantum mechanics see subjects The material classes involved include semiconductors, insulators, alloys, nanostructures (quantum dots and quantum wires), photovoltaic materials, topological insulators and metal structures. He is the recipient of the inaugural 2012 “Material Theory Award” of the Materials Research Society, the Hume-Rothery Award of the metals society TMS, the 2010 Tomassoni Award and Physics Medal of the Scola Romana di Physica (commemorating the tradition of Fermi), the 2001 John Bardeen award of the Material Society, the Rahman Award of the American Physical Society, and the 2009 Gutenberg Award for Science (Germany). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, Sackler fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Tel Aviv University, and the founding Director of Energy (DOE) – Basic Energy Sciences (BES) “Center for Inverse Design.” His papers have received, according to Google Scholar, over69,000 citations; his “h-number” 120. He is the author of the 5th-most-cited paper in the 110-year history of Physical Review (out of over 350,000 articles published in that journal); He has authored more than 660 articles in referred journals, including over 150 articles in the high-impact Physical Review Letters and Rapid Communications and three citation classics. He has mentored 77 post-doctoral fellows.