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Personal Statement

I have been based in the Semiconductor Spectroscopy and Devices group in the department of Physics since 2005, moving to the CNQO group within the Optics division in 2022.

At present my research activities are in three main areas of computational and theoretical modelling: Understanding optical and electron microscopy on the micro - to nano-scale; Developing and applying semi-empirical quantum mechanical modelling tools in quantum chemistry and condensed matter physics going from the nano- to the micro-scale; Multiscale materials modelling of crystal growth and phase transitions.

I'm the director of student support for the Physics department, and also teach final year courses in advanced solid state physics and nanoscience.

| e: benjamin.hourahine@strath.ac.uk | t: 0141 548 2325 | u: cnqo.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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