My research focuses around materials modeling using Density Functional Theory. My current work centers on examining the material potassium niobate (KNbO3) which displays the interesting phenomenon of photorefractivity. Specifically, my research aims to predict how defect complexes introduced by doping of the crystal melt can influence the photorefractive response of KNbO3.
Center Director David P. Landau has been awarded a "Doctor Honoris Causa" by the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
The American Astronomical Society prize was given to Kyle Walker for his thesis "Molecular Collisional Excitation in Astrophysical Environments and Modeling the Early Universe."