2016 Spring Quarter

Computational Studies of Energy-efficient and Environmentally Friendly Materials

Christopher Wolverton is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University.  Before joining the faculty, he worked at the Research and Innovation Center at Ford Motor Company, where he was group leader for the Hydrogen Storage and Nanoscale Modeling Group. He received his BS degree in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin and his PhD degree in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley. After completing his PhD degree, Wolverton performed postdoctoral work at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). His research interests include computational studies of a variety of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly materials via first-principles atomistic calculations, high-throughput and data mining tools to accelerate materials discovery, and “multiscale” methodologies for linking atomistic and microstructural scales.  Wolverton has authored or co-authored more than 180 peer-reviewed publications (h-index=51), holds nine patents (several others pending), and has given more than 150 invited talks.  Wolverton is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, has won the Walder Award for Research Excellence, a Ford Motor Company Technical Achievement Award, and gave the John Dorn Memorial Lecture at Northwestern in 2003.