S.G. Mudd Building
“The role of an accurate description of local structure to inform our understanding of nucleation and assembly”
About the Seminar:
A challenge in materials science is how to utilize information from a molecular simulation to build a quantitative model of nucleation and assembly in the condensed phase. I will make the case that an accurate description of local structure, as verified by experiment, is imperative in order to describe long-range collective response. We use the tools of statistical mechanics and molecular simulation (classical and quantum) to construct reduced models of interaction based on the principle of solvent response to interfaces, thus providing a link from molecular scale descriptors to macroscopic outcomes.
About the Speaker:
Chris Mundy is the lead for the Predictive Science of Materials Synthesis Thrust of the Material Synthesis and Simulation Across Scales (MS3) Initiative. Dr. Mundy joined the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 2006. Prior to his work at PNNL, he worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 2001 to 2006, and at Sandia National Laboratories from 2000 to 2001. He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Mundy worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Max Planck Insitut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart, Germany. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Physical Society. In November 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.