ERC Group on Organic Functional Materials and Molecular Interactions
Group leader: Dr. Alexandre Tkatchenko
- Dr. Mausumi Chattopadhyaya
- Dr. Fairoja Cheenicode Kabeer
- Nicola Ferri
- Jan Hermann
- Mohammad Reza Karimpour
- Dr. Andrii Kleshchonok
- Dr. Majid Mortazavi
- Dr. Huziel E. Sauceda (at TU Berlin)
Mission and Research Topics
The research activities of the group focus on the understanding of fundamental properties of various functional materials. These include organic molecules and their hybrid interfaces, nanoscale molecular complexes, and organic molecular crystals. We are also interested in modifications of their properties by metal doping and by introducing metal junctions. Special interest lies in understanding the intriguing electronic states at the interfaces of these complexes as well as electron-vibration coupling and polaronic effects.
We use various first-principles approaches (density-functional as well as many-body electronic structure theory) in the context of multi-scale modeling, aiming at a description of the functional properties of these complexes. Accurate consideration of covalent, electrostatic, and dispersion (van der Waals) interactions are critical for capturing key features of these materials.
Based on such basic understanding, we discuss how functional materials may be designed for example for energy storage, fuel cells, photovoltaics, and electronic devices.
We combine ideas from quantum chemistry, density-functional theory, and statistical mechanics to develop a hierarchy of efficient approximations for an accurate treatment of molecular interactions. These methods are applied to a range of systems of interest in biology, chemistry, and physics.
- Prof. Martin Head-Gordon, University of California at Berkeley (USA)
- Prof. Roberto Car, Princeton University (USA)
- Prof. Egbert Zojer, University of Graz (Austria)
- Prof. Leeor Kronik, Weizmann Institute (Israel)
- Dr. Anatole von Lilienfeld, Sandia Laboratories (USA)
- Prof. Joel Ireta, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (Mexico)
- Dr. Yoshiyuki Miyamoto, NEC Corporation (Japan)