Van der Ven Research Group

The Van der Ven research group seeks to advance our ability to design and control new materials by developing first-principles statistical mechanics methods that link the macroscopic behavior of matter to electronic structure. We focus in particular on understanding and predicting finite temperature phase stability, non-dilute diffusion, phase transformation mechanisms, electrochemical behavior and mechanical properties all as a function of temperature and chemistry. 

We apply our computational tools to study the thermodynamic, kinetic and mechanical properties of a wide range of materials classes (metal alloys, oxides, sulfides, etc.) used in energy storage and conversion devices and in aerospace and automotive applications.