Email: matthieu [dot] verstraete [at] ulg [dot] ac [dot] be
Tel: +32 4 366 90 17
For the past 15 years I have been investigating the electronic structure of materials, from nanostructures (nanotubes, nanowires) to surfaces and bulk solids. I enjoy the mixture of theory and application which comes with the simulation of “realistic” systems, where the microscopic experimental geometry is used, or even better determined. Using as sole input the position and chemical species of individual atoms in a structure, almost all of its properties can be deduced; from mechanical strength to optical properties, Raman or Infra-Red spectrum, or the relative stability of different crystalline phases.
This brings two types of understanding: most straightforwardly, the properties observed experimentally can be explained, or correlated with other quantities (which surface structure explains the Scanning Tunneling Microscopy image found in experiments?). In special cases, however, one can go further and provide predictions of unknown materials properties (what is the optical spectrum of an unexplored alloy of AlAsGaN?), or even which types of systems which will have desired behaviors (which molecular assembly of aromatic rings will give me a certain electronic band gap and thermal stability?).
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Full list of publications (ULg ORBI)
PhD in pdf (UCLouvain e library)
2009-present : Chargé de Cours (Associate Professor) at the University of Liege, Belgium.
1995-2000 : Bachelors in Physics Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. Undergraduate thesis under the supervision of Prof.s Alfredo Pasquarello and Alfonso Baldereschi.