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A new type of nanotube formed from boron and beryllium, proposed by a student in the group.

Our research is best described as materials theory, broadly defined. We use a variety of techniques chosen to suit the problem at hand, ranging from first-principles density functional theory to dynamical mean field theory, empirical interatomic potentials, photonic bandstructures or effective continuum theories such as Landau-Ginzburg. Often, our work is computationally intensive, but sometimes just a pencil and paper is enough. Yikes! I'm on video- see a brief interview in Naples on properties of carbon nanotubes.

Please also see the Penn State MRSEC website.

My favorite reviewer quote:

"This proposal targets extremely interesting physics. An impressively large array of projects is proposed. This is a deficiency of the proposal."

My favorite referee quote:

"I think that this is a truly 'fun' paper that will have great traction in PRL."

This research area provides opportunities for undergraduate research.

V. H. Crespi : Research