Professor van de Walle's research group focuses on developing and using the software tools constituting a so-called "virtual laboratory", where materials can be discovered, optimized and characterized through automated computational techniques. These tools are being used in a number of technological applications, including high temperature superalloys, catalysts, semiconductors for photovoltaic cells, ion conductors for fuel cells, battery electrodes, nuclear fuels and thermoelectrics.
Axel van de Walle is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at Brown University. He received his B. Eng. at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (1995) in Engineering Physics and his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at MIT (2000). He was a Postdoctoral fellow and then a Senior Research Associate at Northwestern University in the Physics, the Chemistry, and the Materials Science and Engineering Departments (2000-2006). Before obtaining early tenure at Brown, he was an Assistant professor in the Applied Physics and Materials Science Department in the Engineering and Applied Science Division at the California institute of Technology (2006-2011). He has over 10 years of experience in the general area of computational materials science and has co-authored over 50 publications.
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