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Personal Statement

I have been based in the Semiconductor Spectroscopy and Devices group in the department of Physics since 2005, providing a theoretical counterpart to the experimental activities of this group. At present my research activities are in three main areas of computational and theoretical nanoscience: Understanding optical and electron microscopy on the nanoscale; Developing and applying semi-empirical quantum mechanical modelling tools in quantum chemistry and condensed matter physics; Multiscale materials modelling of crystal growth and phase transitions.

I coordinate the 4th and 5th year undergraduate programmes in Physics, also teaching final year courses in computational physics, advanced solid state physics and nanoscience.

| e: benjamin.hourahine@strath.ac.uk | t: 0141 548 2325 | u: http://ssd.phys.strath.ac.uk/ |

Industrial Relevance

The large scale materials science and quantum-chemistry package I co-develop ( DFTB+ )  is commercially licensed to companies including BIOVIA.

Expertise & Capabilities

Theoretical solid state and condensed matter physics

Quantum chemstry and computational chemistry

High performance and accuracy Nano-Photonics and Plasmonics

Large scale density functional and density functional-based methods

Joint developer of commercialised materials science / quantum chemistry software

Extensive experience with large scale parallel computational systems - developed TIER 0 ready multi-thousand compute core codes.

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