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The 2020 CAMD Summer School on Electronic Structure Theory and Materials Design

Please go to: https://www.conferencemanager.dk/the2020camdsummerschool to register.


The school will teach PhD students from all over the world the basic and more advanced concepts in modern electronic structure theory including ground state density functional theory (DFT) and many-body methods. Emphasis will be put on the methodology applied “on-top” of ab-initio calculations, which is essential for the computational design of new functional materials. This will be achieved through a combination of lectures given by world leading experts and hands-on computer exercises.

Scientific summary:

The primary purpose of this summer school is to teach the students how electronic structure theory can be used for materials design. An introduction to density functional theory (DFT) with particular emphasis on practical methodology and implementation aspects will be given. Extensions beyond the standard DFT formalism including non-collinear magnetism, Berry phases and many-body perturbation theory will be discussed. The subjects will provide the students with a basic toolbox that will allow them to perform first principles analysis of a large variety of problems in physics and chemistry including (electro)catalysis, solar cells, batteries, and magnetic materials. The students will then be taught how to embed electronic structure calculations in a framework that facilitates design of materials with specific properties. For this purpose, there will be introductory lectures on machine learning, materials databases, and materials informatics and it will be shown how to perform materials design using data mining from materials databases and machine learning.

The summer school will consist of lectures by international experts in the field followed by computer exercises giving hands-on-experience with the concepts discussed in the lectures. The lectures will be divided in tutorial lectures, which covers the basic theory on specific subjects and applied lectures, where it is demonstrated how to apply the methodology to tackle cutting edge research problems. The computer exercises will be based on the electronic structure code GPAW and the Atomic Simulation Environment (ASE). GPAW is based on the projector-augmented wave methodology and can perform computations on real space grids, plane waves or localized atomic orbitals. Besides ground state DFT, GPAW can perform various post-DFT electronic structures calculations such as GW, BSE, and TDDFT – all exemplified by pedagogical exercises. The ASE is a general purpose open source simulation environment that can be used to setup, control, and analyze electronic structure simulations carried out in a variety of electronic structure codes, e.g. including VASP, Octopus, GPAW, Dacapo, AbInit, ASAP, and Siesta. The exercises will be supervised by expert users of ASE and GPAW.

During the exercises the students will work in small groups with the focus on learning to produce publication quality simulations on the DTU computer-cluster. There will be a set of introductory exercises, which serves to introduce the students to the codes as well as to give the basic hands-on experience with DFT calculations. After completing these, the students will choose a focus topic for more advanced exercises within the areas of batteries, catalysis, magnetism, photovoltaics, and machine learning.

The previous summer schools in this series in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 were very successful and the positive feedback and large number of applications received showed the need for a summer school in this area. The six previous schools had around 120 participants (80 external graduate students, 20 local graduate students and 20 lecturers) and a similar size is expected this year.

School program:

The venue for the school is Marienlyst Strandhotel. The hotel is located by the sea in Helsingør in the beautiful North Zealand, overlooking Sweden and Kronborg Castle. It is organized by the section for Computational Atomic-scale Materials Design, Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark. The summer school is running for six days, starting around noon on Sunday August 16th and ending on Friday August 21th in the afternoon. A tentative program for the summer school can be downloaded 
here. Each day is divided into morning lectures, afternoon lectures, and computer exercises. The morning lectures will primarily be tutorial, whereas the afternoon lectures will present applications of basic theory. On Monday evening there will be a poster session, and on Wednesday afternoon/evening there will be an excursion and conference dinner.

Confirmed invited Lecturers:

Weitao Yang – Basics of density functional theory (tutorial)

Jens Nørskov – Catalysis for sustainable fuels and chemicals (tutorial)

Karsten Reuter – Multiscale modeling in catalysis

Jan Rossmeisl – Computational electrochemistry (tutorial)

Nuria Lopez – Recent discoveries in computational catalysis

Georg Kresse – Diagrammatic approaches to electronic structure theory (tutorial)

Patrick Rinke – Theoretical spectroscopy

Silke Biermann – Beyond DFT with correlated methods

Alan Aspuru-Guzik – Autonomous materials discovery

Thomas Bligaard – Materials informatics

Ingrid Mertig – Topology and the Berry phase

Nicola Spaldin Multiferroics (tutorial)

Andrew Rappe – Ferroelectrics

Hardy Gross – Non-adiabatic dynamics (tutorial)

Feliciano Giustino – Electron-phonon coupling

Chris Wolverton – The future of computational materials design

Lecturers by organizers: 

Jakob Schiøtz - Electronic structure tools: ASE and GPAW (tutorial)

Kristian S. Thygesen - High-throughput computation of electronic excitations

Karsten W. Jacobsen – Probabilistic machine learning (tutorial)

Thomas Olsen - Spin-orbit physics

Tejs Vegge - Batteries

A diploma which certifies that the students have participated and earned 2,5 ECTS points will be issued to the participants upon completion of the summer school.

The registration fee is DKK 9.300, which covers lectures, materials, excursion, as well as accommodation during the summer school (5 nights; arrival Sunday August 16th and departure Friday August 21th). All meals from lunch Sunday to lunch Friday are included.

Please go to the2020camdsummerschool to proceed with registration.

Scientific Organizing Committee:

Karsten W. Jacobsen, Technical University of Denmark

Thomas Olsen, Technical University of Denmark

Jakob Schiøtz, Technical University of Denmark 

Kristian S. Thygesen, Technical University of Denmark

Tejs Vegge, Technical University of Denmark


Administrative Organizing Committee:

Bettina Norling Raae, Technical University of Denmark




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