Our Group at APS March Meeting 2014

Our group was at the March Meeting 2014 of American Physical Society. All of our group members attended the meeting and most of us presented our works in progress.

Our postdoc, Luana Pedroza gave two talks about her works with liquid water – metal interfaces. Her first talk was on “First principles molecular dynamics of metal/water interfaces under bias potential“, while her second and related talk was about “local order of liquid water at the electrochemical interface“. Our graduate students also contributed with talks at the meeting. Betül Pamuk talked about nuclear zero point effects as a function of density in ice-like structures and liquid water, Dan Elton explained his work on polar nanoregions in water – a study of the dielectric properties of TIP4P/2005, TIP4P2005f and TTM3F, and Simon Divilov discussed his recent results with ab initio study of a symmetric SrRuO3/PbTiO3/SrRuO3 ferroelectric capacitor.

In addition, some of our joint work with our collaborators were also presented at the meeting. Jian Liu, in collaboration with Phil Allen, talked about his work on short-range order and its effects on electrons in (GaN)$_{(1-x)}$(ZnO)$_x$ alloys, Michelle Fritz, in collaboration with Jose Soler, presented her work on optimization of van der Waals density functionals using Data Projection onto Parameter Space (DPPS), and Greg Hsing, in collaboration with Matt Dawber, talked  about electronic transport properties of PbTiO$_{3}$/SrRuO$_{3}$ superlattices.

It has been great to interact with fellow physicists, find out about their recent work, and attract their attention to ours in exchange.