• Stefano Sanvito

Stefano Sanvito Professor

Prof. Sanvito is the CRANN Research Institute Director and a Trinity Professor of Physics and Condensed Matter Theory. He leads a large research group in Computational Spintronics an international leading research group in the area of materials and device modeling. A Flagship project of the group activity is the development and the maintenance of the Smeagol code, today the world-leading software for nanoscale device modeling.

Smeagol connects Prof. Sanvito’s activity to about 200 research teams distributed over five continents. He is currently involved in 3 large EU programs and a number of other international collaboration (KAUST, Saudi Arabia; QEERI, Qatar). Prof. Sanvito leads the Modelling and Theory pillar, an area where we have critical mass across Density Function Theory through to molecular modelling, and have demonstrated that theory can lead to material discovery. He is a world-leading expert in materials modelling, in particular in high-throughput and machine learning materials discovery. 

His team provides theoretical support to the various experimental activity and to develop the materials genoma project. This is an advanced research protocol for the accelerated discovery of new materials, made it possible by the combination of state of the art electronic structure theory and data mining and artificial intelligence algorithms. Applications to two dimensional electronic materials and novel magnets are among those that will be pursued. Stefano was an ERC award holder and the recipient of the IUPAP 2007 Young Scientist Prize in Computational Physics. In 2017, he was appointed a Knight of the Star of Italy in recognition of his scientific achievements and is a member of the Royal Irish Academy.

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