About Professor Catherine Stampfl

Computational condensed matter and material physics, based on density functional theory, to study new materials and nanostructures with high-performance computers for future technological applications, particularly in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and electronic materials.

Our group's focus is on ab initio investigations of materials and surface science phenomena. First-principles electronic structure calculations are used in conjunction with high performance computing to probe chemical reactions at interfaces and explore the energetics, atomic, electronic, and magnetic properties of polyatomic systems. Our goal is to acquire a detailed understanding of the fundamental science to engineer and design complex materials with new and improved properties and functionalities, for example, catalysts with greater selectivity and efficiency, and novel structures for nanoelectronic devices. Before returning to Australia in 2003, I spent 12 years working at the following institutions: Northwestern University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Chicago USA, Theory Department, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max Planck Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Electronic Materials Laboratory, California, USA. I have published over 160 papers and have an h-index of 46, with average citation per paper of 42 (web of science).

Professor Catherine Stampfl is a researcher at the School of Physics and Member of The University of Sydney Nano Institute

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Prof Stampfl is also a member of The Condensed Matter Theory Group