Users Group Meeting 2018

Thank you to all the attendees and speakers for a very successful User Group Meeting.

The 2018 Materials Design® User Group Meeting was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from the 18th to the 20th of September. The meeting included hands-on training session, a technical program dedicated to recent developments in computational materials science, and interactive sessions with MedeA® users and Materials Design® personnel. This year’s speakers included:

Joachim Sauer Professor of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, at the Humboldt-University in Berlin.
Georg Kresse Professor for Computational Materials Physics, at the University of Vienna, the creator and architect of VASP, and the author of over 250 scientific publications. VASP is relied on by thousands of research groups and Professor Kresse's commitment to improving the accuracy and applicability of density functional theory is widely recognized by the scientific community.
Berend Smit Professor of Chemistry at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of the authoritative 'Understanding Molecular Simulations'. Professor Smit's highly cited research has spanned many applications including the identification of novel materials for carbon capture using computational screening.
Adri van Duin Professor in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, at Pennsylvania State University, the creator and main developer of the ReaxFF reactive forcefield method. Professor van Duin has authored over 350 ReaxFF-related publications and has distributed the ReaxFF code to over 1000 university and industrial research groups worldwide.
Gus Hart Professor of Physics and Astronomy, at Brigham Young University, Utah. Kenneth Jordan, Professor of Computational Chemistry, at the University of Pittsburgh. Martijn Marsman, a leading computational materials science researcher and developer of VASP who works closely with Georg Kresse at the University of Vienna. In addition to his scientific coding work, Martin has authored around 80 scientific publications, and lectures widely on both his research work and the development and application of VASP.
James Kaduk President and principal scientist of Poly Crystallography, Inc. and an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Professor Kaduk is an expert in the application of powder diffraction and computational methods in industrial and academic research with experience in the oil, gas, and chemicals industries.
Leonardo Spanu Senior Researcher R&D Chemistry, Shell Technology Center Houston. Leonardo has considerable experience in the application of a broad array of simulation methods to catalytic systems and is the author of more than 30 scientific papers on topics ranging from graphite layer interactions to hydrocarbon formation at geological temperatures and pressures.