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Biography

Professor van Schilfgaarde is the head of the Theory & Simulation of Condensed Matter Group at King’s College London.  He completed his PhD at Stanford University in 1987. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and sits on the executive boards of the Simons Foundation project on the many-electron problem and the Thomas Young Centre. Prior to joining King’s College in 2011 he was a professor at Arizona State University in the USA. 

Professor Mark van Schilfgaarde at the Thomas Young Centre

Research

Professor van Schilfgaarde's research interests are centred around the theory of electronic structure which is the key to understanding properties of materials at their most fundamental level, most notably the Quasiparticle Self-Consistent GW approximation.

Materials he has studied span a wide range: in recent years they include chalcopyrite semiconductors for solar cell applications; members of the new class of Fe-based superconductors; graphene. Other research areas concerns the ab initio treatment of magnetism, most recently exchange interactions and transport in dilute magnetic semiconductors, and Green's function techniques for quantum transport in nanostructures such as Fe/MgO/Fe tunnel junctions, and spin transport phenomena. He is coauthor in over 170 publications.