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  • MARVEL team wins inaugural PRACE HPC Excellence award for ground-breaking work on 2D materials

    The first ever PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) HPC Excellence Award has been awarded to a team led by Professor Nicola Marzari, head of Theory and Simulation of Materials at EPFL's School of Engineering and Materials Simulations at PSI, and director of NCCR MARVEL. The € 20,000 award is given to “an outstanding individual or team for ground-breaking research that leads to significant advances in any research field through the usage of high-performance computing”, and recognizes the team’s effort in the discovery and characterization of novel two-dimensional materials.

  • ETHZ's Spaldin wins 2022 EPS Europhysics Prize for outstanding achievement in condensed matter physics

    Professor Nicola Spaldin, Professor of Materials Theory at the Department of Materials Science at ETHZ and formerly project leader of NCCR MARVEL's Design & Discovery Project 5, has won the EPS Europhysics Prize for her seminal contributions to the physics and applications of multiferroic and magnetoelectric materials. The prize was also awarded to Spaldin's colleagues Prof. Agnès Barthélémy and Dr. Manuel Bibes (CNRS/Thales laboratory of University Paris-Saclay) and Prof. Ramamoorthy Ramesh (UC Berkeley). The full press release from the European Physical Society is available here.

  • Newly released AiiDA v2.0 improves on performance and usability while maintaining a stable API

    The developers of AiiDA have released AiiDA v2.0. The culmination of more than two years of work, the update focused on re-designing the codebase to make it more performant, user-friendly and maintainable, with minimal changes to the API.

  • Mathematics workshops Maths en jeu for girls and boys at EPFL

    Registrations for the 2022-2023 edition of the mathematics workshops Maths en jeu open on 2 May 2022. These workshops are taking place at EPFL and target girls and boys 8 to 15 years old. They are part of the equal opportunities actions of the EPFL Science outreach department supported by MARVEL.

  • MARVEL PhD students present research, encourage students at high school in Thun

    NCCR MARVEL PhD students Jigyasa Nigam and Miriam Pougin were among the young researchers taking part in the "Thematic day for high school students" organized by EPFL's Education Outreach Department on April 7 at the gymnasium in Thun. The event, whose theme was "Destination Innovation," gathered more than twenty researchers from the EPFL community. Speaking on topics from cryptography to space exploration and using supercomputers to design the materials of the future, they set out to enhance the visibility of EPFL study programs and communicate the range of opportunities open to students across Switzerland. 

  • SNSF awards NCCR MARVEL a third tranche of 12.33 Million CHF

    The Swiss National Science Foundation has awarded MARVEL full funding plus the highest possible bonus for its third and final phase, which will run from May 2022 until April 2026.

  • New EPFL professor Anirudh Raju Natarajan to contribute to NCCR MARVEL’s phase III

    Anirudh Raju Natarajan, whose research interests are in the computational design and discovery of advanced engineering materials, will join MARVEL in the upcoming phase III of the NCCR. Recently appointed professor at EPFL, Anirudh set up the laboratory of materials design and simulation (MADES) earlier this year and is looking forward to advancing the design and discovery of the next generation of high-performance engineering materials. You can read more about him in the text and interview below.

  • PostDoc position in theory and modelling of quantum transport in low-dimensional nanomaterials (Empa)

    Empa is looking for highly motivated and talented candidates with a strong theoretical background in solid state physics, theoretical quantum physics or atomistic ab initio modelling to take up a challenging PostDoc position in the computational modelling of quantum transport in low-dimensional carbon nanomaterials. In this project, which is closely linked to the experimental activity of several Empa laboratories, density functional theory (DFT), non-equilibrium Green's functions formalism (NEGF) and dynamical mean field theory (DMFT) are combined to include electronic correlation and screening in transport calculations for molecular junctions and nanodevices.

  • INSPIRE Potentials fellow Virginie de Mestral outlines highlights of program in new video

    INSPIRE Potentials fellow Virginie de Mestral, now in the group of Professor Mathieu Luisier at ETH Zurich, took a moment to explain the appeal of the program that empowers excellent women students to conduct a Master's research project in simulation and modeling in an NCCR MARVEL laboratory.  We encourage you to share the video, which is also available on our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

  • ETH Zurich awards researcher Daniele Passerone professor title

    ETH Zurich has awarded Empa researcher Daniele Passerone, NCCR MARVEL group leader in Design & Discovery Project 3, the title of professor. The following article was written by Empa's Andrea Six.

  • ETH Zurich names Mathieu Luisier full professor

    ETH Zurich has named Mathieu Luisier, NCCR MARVEL group leader in Design & Discovery Project 3, full professor. 

  • Equal opportunity activities for young girls and boys in 2022

    MARVEL and EPFL's Science Outreach Department are pleased to announce equal opportunity initiatives targeting girls and boys. Two camps on materials and chemistry for children 11-13 years old supported by MARVEL will take place at EPFL in summer 2022. Registrations are opening on Monday and fill up quickly.