Displacement damage 
        in c-Si from a 100 eV recoil.  Beck Research Group:  Advancing technology through quantum 
        mechanical calculations in Materials Science.  Principal Investigator:  Matthew J. Beck


The Computational Materials Science research group at the University of Kentucky is led by Prof. Matthew J. Beck and is part of the Chemical & Materials Engineering department.

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Group News

Physical Review B Daniele Scopece's paper to be published: Daniele's recently submitted paper based on work completed while visiting the Beck Group has been accepted for publication in Physical Review B. The paper discusses the role of dimer tilting in controlling the evolution of 3D nanostrcutures during Ge heteroepitaxy on Si substrates has been accepted for publication in Physical Review B. This follows up the recent publication in Physcial Review Letters of a broader paper on Ge heteroepitaxy on Si substrates on which Daniele and Dr. Beck are co-authors.

Spring MRS 2012 Meeting Xing Huang to present at 2012 Spring MRS: Xing will be giving an oral presentation on catalytic reaction mechanisms at ultrasmall ceria nanoparticles in April at the 2012 Spring MRS conference. Visit the Research page for more details on the Beck group's work on ultrasmall CNPs.

Posters at the Capital Megan LaRue's poster displayed at state capital: Megan, an undergraduate in Computer and Technical Sciences at Kentucky State University (and a point guard on the KYSU basketball team) has been working with the Beck group on mapping the Socorro code. She was selected to display a poster on her work at the Kentucky State Capital in Frankfort in February. Congrats, Megan! View the poster here (.pdf).

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Research Interests

Computatational Materials Science Research Interests I am interested in technologically relevant questions focused on the structure or properties of materials systems at small length scales, including problems in energy generation and storage, nanoscale or molecular electronics, and self-assembling systems. I am motivated to impact existing technology by applying and developing first-principles calculation techniques in order to address fundamental materials questions. Of particular interest to me are quantum mechanical calculations of atomic-scale dynamics, especially calculations employing time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT), an emerging method allowing ab initio calculation of electron dynamics.

For details about current projects, please see the Research page, and for information on open research positions, see the Positions page.

Above: Damage in c-Si from a 100 eV recoil. Read about Displacement Damage on the Research page.

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