“Computation has become basically a part of everyone’s research, it doesn’t matter if you’re doing work in a biology lab or analyzing records for history research, you’re collecting data,” said Chris Marianetti, chair of the faculty committee that oversees Habanero and other shared research computing and an associate professor in the departments of material science, applied physics and applied mathematics. “Today, you need an on-campus resource for the rapid development of data-heavy research.”
Simon J. L. Billinge, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, and Oleg Gang, Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science and Professor of Chemical Engineering, were featured in Brookhaven National Laboratory's Top-10 Science Succeses of 2016.
Renata M. M. Wentzcovitch is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics Department, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. Research in her group is devoted to computational quantum mechanical studies of materials. She addresses electronic, structural, and vibrational properties from a fundamental and inter-related perspective. She has developed and applied materials simulation methods particularly to investigate materials properties at high pressures and temperatures.
In 2013, Chris Marianetti was awarded a RISE grant entitled “A new approach to the interacting phonon problem”, which allowed for the support of a postdoctoral researcher and resulted in, among other things, a publication in a noted physics journal, Physical Review Letters. This work was substantial enough to form a foundation for a proposal to the Department of Energy (DOE) Basic Energy Sciences (BES) division, and this was recently (September 2016) funded at a level of $415,000 over a period of three years.
For nearly 60 years, scientists have been trying to determine how manganese oxide (MnO) achieves its long-range magnetic order of alternating up and down electron spins. Simon Billinge and Benjamin Frandsen used their recently developed mathematical approach to study the short-range magnetic interactions that they believe drive this long-range order. The research was described in a paper published on May 11 in Physical Review Letters. Photo credit: Columbia Engineering/Timothy Lee Photographers.