Massimiliano Stengel

[IMAGE] Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona (CSIC)
Campus UAB
08193 Bellaterra
Tel.: +34 935 801853 ext. 292
E-mail: mstengel AT

Research Interests

I'm currently interested in the modern theory of polarization, finite electric fields and magnetic phenomena, with applications to metal/perovskite interfaces and novel magnetoelectric devices. In addition to the application of existing methods and algorithms to new physical problems, an important part of my work is devoted to the exploration of new techniques and their implementation into the high-performance electronic structure package that I personally maintain (see below). In the past I also worked on the first-principles study of metal-supported nanostructures, with a particular focus on ultrathin insulating films, supramolecular self-assembled clusters and complex overlayer-induced substrate reconstructions.



Since 1999 I've been developing and using a parallel ab-initio package called LAUTREC. Before my intervention it used to be a neat and powerful piece of software, featuring state-of-the-art performance in large-scale Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics with norm-conserving pseudopotentials. Now it is a messy and powerful piece of software, featuring state-of-the-art performance in large- and small-scale Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics with PAW datasets and/or norm-conserving pseudopotentials. I don't distribute the code, but I'm more than happy to share it in the context of an academic collaboration. You can find it here (password protected).

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Ph.D., Physics, EPFL, Switzerland, July 2004
Diploma degree, Physics, Universita di Trieste, Italy, December 1999

Research Experience

02/2010 - present
"Ramon y Cajal" fellow, ICMAB-CSIC
04/2009 - 09/2009
Postdoctoral position, CECAM, Lausanne, in the group of Prof. Wanda Andreoni
02/2005 - 04/2009
Postdoctoral position, Materials Department, University of California, Santa Barbara, in the group of Prof. Nicola Spaldin
01/2000 - 06/2004
Ph.D. thesis: First-principles molecular-dynamics study of metal-supported nanosystems
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland. Advisor: Prof. Alfonso Baldereschi

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