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Evgeni S. Penev
Rice University
Department Materials Science and NanoEngineering – MS 325
6100 Main St, Houston, Texas 77005-1892

Summary of Interests

Collective phenomena in soft and hard condensed matter systems: hydrogen-bonding cooperativity in biomolecular systems and protein secondary structure formation, self-assembled quantum dots in semiconductor nanostructures for optoelectronic applications, conventional and high-temperature superconductivity.


Academic genealogy

E. Penev → (1)Peter Kratzer → (2)Wilhelm Brenig → (3)Werner Heisenberg → (4)Arnold Sommerfeld | (3) Richard Becker → (4)Max Planck


Work Experience

Tutoring and Teaching Experience

  • MSNE 433/533: "Computational Materials Modeling", Spring 2010–present (Rice University)
  • CECAM Tutorial: "Kinetic Monte Carlo: From Phase Transitions and Crystal Growth to Econophysics" (Lyon, France, 2002)
  • "Application of Density-Functional Theory in Condensed-Matter Physics, Surface Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, and Biology" (Berlin, Germany, 2001, 2003)
  • "Total Energy and Force Methods and ab initio Molecular Dynamics" (Trieste, Italy, 1999)
  • "Computational Physics" (2004/2005, University of Basel, Switzerland)
  • "Introduction to Physics I for students in biology, geosciences and pharmacy" (2005, University of Basel, Switzerland)

Computing Skills

  • Software packages: molecular mechanics (LAMMPS , NAMD, TINKER, DYNAMO), ab initio quantum-mechanical calculations (QuantumEspresso, Siesta,VASP)
  • Programming Languages: Fortran 90/95, parallel programming (MPI), C/C++, UNIX shells, Tcl, Python, HTML
  • Operating Systems: UNIX (Linux, AIX, etc.), Mac OS X, M$ Windows
  • Hardware Systems: commodity clusters, IBM Power4/5, Cray T3E, HP
  • Software Applications: Scientific computing/visualization tools (Mathematica, VMD, etc.); vector and raster graphics editors (GIMP, CorelDRAW, etc.); web design tools, typesetting systems (LaTeX, OpenOffice,M$Word)