Burgerlijk Ingenieur, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Metallurgy and Applied Materials Science, 1994
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Materials Science, 2000
Research Interests:I am interested in understanding and predicting equilibrium and non-equilibrium materials properties from first-principles. I combine electronic structure methods (density functional theory) with techniques from statistical mechanics to calculate thermodynamic and kinetic properties of new materials, including oxides and structures of assembled nano-particles for battery and fuel cell components, metallic alloys, alloy surfaces for catalysis and organic electronic materials.
Prior Experience:Post doctoral researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 2000-2004
Researcher, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Metallurgy and Applied Materials Science Department, 1994-1995
Awards and Service:DOE Computational Sciences Graduate Fellowship, 1996-2000
MRS (Materials Research Society) Graduate Student Gold Medal Award (November, 1998).