The Division of Condensed Matter and Materials Theory
comprises several dozen enthusiastic scientists working on theoretical aspects
of condensed matter physics and materials science. We construct models for and
develop an understanding of a large variety of materials and other condensed matter
systems, sometimes leading us to new materials, novel technological devices, or
structured media with properties beyond those of atomic materials. To this end, we
combine analytical and computational techniques, often in close collaboration
with local and international experimental groups. The work in the division is
characterized by a strong interplay between fundamental and applied research.
This allows us to address important societal challenges, e.g., related to
sustainable energy or information technology.
We take active part in Chalmers’ undergraduate and
postgraduate educational programmes. Our students gain experience in advanced
theory and model building, developing strong analytical, computational, and
problem-solving skills along the way. They are often exposed to collaborative
efforts within our international research networks. Our vision is to foster the
individual growth of our talented students, so they may in the future
contribute to society, academia, and industry.
In addition to coordinating the EU-financed Graphene Flagship
project, we investigate the electronic, optical, mechanical, and thermal
properties of 2D materials. We study and engineer the optical response of
nanophotonic structured media such as metamaterials and plasmonic systems, as
well as photoabsorbing materials for solar devices. We develop methods and
software for atomic-scale modelling of complex multicomponent materials and
apply them to a multitude of materials and material properties.
Principal investigator: Dr. Paul Erhart
Principal investigator: Dr. Andreas Isacsson
Principal investigator: Dr. Jari Kinaret
Principal investigator: Dr. Ermin Malic
Principal investigator: Dr. Philippe Tassin
Principal investigator: Dr. Göran Wahnström
Principal investigator: Dr. Julia Wiktor