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Tuesday, 2 May, 2017 - 15:00
Event Location: 

Goldsmiths 1

Prof. Marco Fornari, from Central Michigan University

First principles methodologies have grown in accuracy and applicability to the point where large databases can be built, shared, and analyzed with the goal of predicting novel compositions, optimizing functional properties, and discovering unexpected relationships between the data. In this this talk I will present methodological advances, software innovations, and materials discoveries from recent work within the AFLOW consortium (

The talk is organized around the concept of properties descriptors to link computable quantities with functionalities of interest with the goal to provide a structure to scientists' intuition.

Speaker bio: Marco Fornari is a professor in the Department of Physics at Central Michigan University. He studied in Pavia and Trieste (Italy) earning a doctoral degree in 1998. He worked as a research associate at the Naval Research Laboratory until 2001, served as Program Officer at the NSF in the Division of Materials Research in 2009, and he is an active member of the AFLOW consortium ( since 2013. His interests include thermoelectric, piezoelectric, and photovoltaic materials, which he studies using high-throughput electronic structure methods.