Title: "Comparing and contrasting electrodes for Li, Na, K and Mg batteries from first principles" / University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Anton Van der Ven
Title: "Comparing and contrasting electrodes for Li, Na, K and Mg batteries from first principles" / University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Prof. Anton Van der Ven received a PhD degree in Materials Science from MIT in 2000 and an engineering degree in Metallurgy and Applied Materials Science from the University of Louvain, Belgium in 1994. He joined the University of Michigan as an assistant professor in 2005, following a post doc at MIT. In 2013, Van der Ven moved to the University of California Santa Barbara where he is currently an associate professor in the Materials Department. Studing the thermodynamic, kinetic and mechanical properties of a wide variety of materials of technological importance, his research interests are in the area of computational materials science with a focus on developing and applying first-principles statistical mechanical methods to predict properties of materials for energy storage and high temperature structural applications. His interests are devoted to understanding the mechanisms of phase transformations that couple diffusion and structural changes and in developing first-principles theories of non-equilibrium processes in the solid state. He also studies super alloys and high temperature oxides for structural applications as well as corrosion processes in materials for nuclear applications.