Many Electron Collaboration: Scientific Advisory Board


David Ceperley, Ph.D.

Professor Ceperley received his B.S. in Physics from the University of Michigan in 1971 and his Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University in 1976. After one year at the University of Paris and a second postdoc at Rutgers University, he worked as a staff scientist at both Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. In 1987, he joined the Department of Physics at Illinois. He was a staff scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications from 1987 until 2012.

Professor Ceperley’s work can be broadly classified into technical contributions to quantum Monte Carlo methods and contributions to our physical or formal understanding of quantum many body systems. His most important contribution is his calculation of the energy of the electron gas, providing basic input for most numerical calculations of electronic structure. He was one of the pioneers in the development and application of path integral Monte Carlo methods for quantum systems at finite temperature, such as superfluid helium and hydrogen under extreme conditions.

Professor Ceperley is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2006.


Mark Hybertsen, Ph.D.

Mark S. Hybertsen holds a B.A. in Physics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon (1980) and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley (1986), where his thesis research, done under the supervision of Professor Steven Louie, pioneered the direct use of many body perturbation theory to treat the exchange and correlation in semiconductors and insulators.

Dr. Hybertsen joined Bell Laboratories in 1986, pursuing a variety of research projects in the theory of the electronic properties of materials (bulk semiconductors, semiconductor surfaces and interfaces, cuprates, porous silicon, optoelectronic device physics). He supervised the Device and Materials Physics Group in the Semiconductor Photonics Research Department for four years. From 2003 to 2006, Dr. Hybertsen was a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University in New York, where he has also been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. In late 2006, Dr. Hybertsen joined the new Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory where he leads the Theory and Computation Group. He also maintains an adjunct research appointment at Columbia University.

Dr. Hybertsen is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the IEEE and the ACS. Among other service appointments, he is presently a member of the editorial board for Physical Review B and a member-at-large of the Executive Committee of the Division of Materials Physics of the American Physical Society.


Gustavo Scuseria, Ph.D.

Gustavo E. Scuseria is the Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, and Professor of Materials Science & NanoEngineering at Rice University. Professor Scuseria is a U.S. citizen born in Argentina. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Buenos Aires in 1983. After moving to UC Berkeley in 1985, his interest in electronic structure theory steered him to the quantum chemistry field. He joined the faculty at Rice in 1989. Over the years, he has straddled between chemistry and physics, working in diverse areas ranging from coupled cluster to density functional theories and on applications to molecules, lattices, and solids.

Professor Scuseria’s main research field is computational quantum chemistry, an area where he has made seminal contributions to the development of new methodologies and their application to molecules, solids and nanoscale systems. Scuseria is also well known for his contributions to the Gaussian suite of programs, a popular software package for quantum electronic structure calculations used in academia, government and industry. He is the author of more than 400 publications that have received more than 35,000 citations. Scuseria has presented more than 300 invited lectures at national and international conferences, academic and research institutions. He is a member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science and Fellow of the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Guggenheim Foundation, and Royal Society of Chemistry. Among other distinctions, he has received the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, an NSF Special Creativity Extension, and the IBM Partnership Award. He is listed as one of the most cited chemists in the world by Thomson-Reuters ISI. Scuseria is an editor of the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation and has served in numerous review panels for U.S. and international funding agencies.

Research in the Scuseria group focuses on novel methods for electronic structure theory and applications to materials of importance for energy and the environment. Current interests center on symmetry breaking and restoration, projected quasiparticle theory, Hamiltonian mappings, and many body methods for fermions and bosons. Scuseria has pioneered Gaussian-orbital-based methods with periodic boundary conditions and linear scaling electronic structure methods. He has made landmark applications to graphene nanoribbons and other carbon nanostructures, intermediate-band photovoltaic materials, actinide oxides, nitrides, carbides and other metal oxides.