News from the Benedek Group

07/01/2015 Nicole has taken up a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. See Contact page for new contact details.
05/23/2015 Nicole presents an invited talk at the North American Solid-State Chemistry Conference in Tallahassee, Florida.
05/20/2015 Nicole presents an invited talk at the Los Alamos Center for Nonlinear Studies workshop on Electronic Structure Approaches and Applications in Quantum Matter.
03/26/2015 Nicole presents an invited seminar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
03/24/2015 Xinyu's paper on ionic transport in nickelate Ruddlesden-Popper phases is accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials.
03/16/2015 Nicole presents an invited seminar in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT.
02/06/2015 Our invited Perspective article on ferroelectricity in layered perovskites is accepted for publication in Dalton Transactions.
01/23/2015 Nicole presents an invited talk at the Electronic Materials and Applications conference of the American Ceramics Society in Orlando, Florida.
01/18/2015 Nicole presents an invited talk at the 42nd Conference on the Physics and Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces in Utah.
01/08/2015 Nicole receives a CAREER award from the Condensed Matter and Materials Theory program of the National Science Foundation!
10/01/2014 The Benedek Group welcomes undergraduate researcher Zach Levine.
08/27/2014 Nicole presents an invited talk on ionic transport in layered perovskites at the invitation-only workshop Advances in Oxide Materials: Preparation, Properties, Performance at UC Santa Barbara. Xinyu presents a poster on his work.
08/25/2014 Nicole presents two tutorials on exploring phase transitions with first-principles calculations at the Summer School on Computational Tools for Functional Oxide Materials at the International Center for Materials Research, UC Santa Barbara.
07/28/2014 Nicole presents a poster on her work on Dion-Jacobson phases at the Gordon Research Conference on Solid-State Chemistry in New London, New Hampshire.
07/14/2014 Nicole presents an invited talk at the conference on Oxide Thin Films for Advanced Energy and Information Applications in Bloomingdale, Illinois.
06/27/2014 Nicole is awarded a Big XII Faculty Fellowship.
06/09/2014 Nicole presents an invited seminar at Carnegie Mellon University and Aqyan and Alex attend the CMU Simulators' Meeting, where Aqyan presents his work on the lattice dynamics/thermal transport properties of complex oxides.
05/14/2014 Nicole is awarded a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities.
03/28/2014 Our paper on the origin of ferroelectricity in the Dion-Jacobson phases appears as an ASAP article in Inorganic Chemistry. Thanks for the tweet!
03/26/2014 Nicole is invited to write a Viewpoint for the APS journal Physics explaining a recent advance in ferroelectric materials from the Rabe and Vanderbilt groups at Rutgers.
03/20/2014 The Call for Papers for the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting Frontiers in Complex Oxides symposium has been released. Nicole is Lead Organizer.
03/19/2014 Our paper on the origin of ferroelectricity in the Dion-Jacobson phases is accepted for publication in Inorganic Chemistry.
03/03/2014 Nicole attends the American Physical Society March Meeting in Denver as Lead Organizer of the Focus Topic on Dielectric, Ferroelectric and Piezoelectric Oxides and gives a contributed talk on ferroelectricity in the Dion-Jacobson phases.
02/05/2014 Nicole gives an invited talk on design rules for ionic transport in complex oxides at a workshop on Information Science for Materials Discovery and Design in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The workshop was organized by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Center for Nonlinear Studies.
01/28/2014 Nicole gives an invited talk on new ferroelectrics at the 2014 Workshop on the Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectrics and Related Materials in Washington, DC.
12/05/2013 Nicole attends the APS Sorters Meeting as Lead Organizer for the Focus Topic on Dielectric, Piezoelectric, and Ferroelectric Oxides. Thanks to co-organizer Roman Engel-Herbert for help with the sorting.
11/25/2013 Nicole contributes to an article in the December issue of the Bulletin of the American Ceramic Society on Accelerating Functional Materials Discovery. The article is one of the products of an NSF-DMR workshop held earlier this year on The Materials Genome Initiative in Ceramics, Geosciences and Solid-State Chemistry.
11/13/2013 Nicole gives an invited seminar at Penn State University.
10/22/2013 Lots of new publications, including one in Nature!
10/15/2013 Nicole presents an invited talk at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
09/24/2013 Nicole is once again Lead Organizer for the Focus Topic on Dielectric, Ferroelectric and Piezoelectric Oxides for next year's APS March Meeting (with Stanislav Kamba and Roman Engel-Herbert) and Lead Organizer for a symposium on complex oxides for the MRS Fall Meeting 2014 (with Jonathan Spanier, Gustau Catalan and Jon Baniecki).
09/01/2013 The Benedek Group welcomes Alex Miller and Aqyan Bhatti as new Ph.D. students!
07/04/2013 Our Feature Article on "Why are there so few perovskite ferroelectrics?" appears in the the latest issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. See our cover image here.
06/12/2013 Nicole presents an invited talk at The 25th Annual Workshop on Recent Developments in Electronic Structure Theory at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
06/12/2013 An 'animated abstract' accompanies our latest paper. Watch it here on the Cockrell School's YouTube channel.
05/30/2013 Our paper with a collaborator at Cornell on the why there are so few perovskite ferroelectrics is accepted for publication as an invited Feature Article in the Jounral of Physical Chemistry C. We have the cover of the July issue!
05/22/2013 Nicole talks to visiting students from the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.
05/09/2013 Nicole presents an invited talk at the Harrington Symposium on Next-Generation Materials for Energy Generation, Storage, and Transport at UT Austin.
04/10/2013 Nicole is awarded a grant from The Welch Foundation to study lone-pair effects in perovskites and perovskite-related materials.
04/03/2013 Nicole gives an invited talk at the MRS Spring Meeting in Symposium XX: Oxide Thin Films and Heterostructures for Advanced Information and Energy Technologies
03/23/2013 Check out our app for calculating tolerance factors using the bond valence model under the Tools tab! Works on iPhone and Android.
03/18/2013 The Benedek Group attends the March Meeting of the American Physical Society in Baltimore. Nicole gives a contributed talk, "Why are there so few perovskite ferroelectrics?"
03/14/2013 Our paper, with collaborators at Cornell and Drexel, on design rules for new double perovskite and Ruddlesden-Popper ferroelectrics accepted for publication in Advanced Functional Materials.
02/21/2013 Nicole gives an invited talk at an NSF-DMR workshop on The Materials Genome Initiative in Ceramics, Geosciences and Solid-State Chemistry.
12/06/2012 Nicole attends the APS Sorters' Meeting as lead organizer for the Focus Topic on Dielectric, Ferroelectric and Piezoelectric Oxides. Thanks to Albina Borisevich for her help with the sorting!
11/30/2012 Nicole presents a lunchtime talk on her research to students from the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.
10/04/2012 Nicole presents a seminar in the Center for Nano- and Molecular Sciences at UT Austin.
09/24/2012 Nicole presents a seminar at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
08/20/2012 The Theory and Simulation of Materials Group is formed. The Benedek Group welcomes Xinyu Li as a graduate student.