In collaboration with IBM Research

Welcome on board

The goal of the NCCR-MARVEL is to radically transform and accelerate invention and discovery in science and technology, and especially to transform and accelerate the design and discovery of novel materials in order to achieve improved properties and performance, or to witness the emergence of original physical properties. We will achieve this goal by exploiting the predictive accuracy that quantum-mechanical simulations have now reached for realistic, complex systems, the treasure trove of ever-increasing computational power ideally suited to intrinsically parallel problems, and the powerful synergies arising with the computer science of heterogeneous data management, data mining, and machine learning.

Alfredo Pasquarello

Alfredo Pasquarello is the deputy director of the NCCR MARVEL since May 2014. He was appointed Professor at EPFL in 2003. Currently, he leads the Chair of Atomic Scale Simulation. Read more

  • MaX Prize Call is open! Apply before September 30, 2017

    MaX - Materials at the Exascale — European Centre of Excellence on materials research via HPC and HTC towards the exascale — will award the MAX PRIZE FOR FRONTIER HPC APPLICATIONS IN MATERIALS RESEARCH – 2017 to recognize frontier research, performed anywhere in the world, that is enabled by enabled by Quantum ESPRESSO, SIESTA, Fleur, Yambo, AiiDA, and/or contributes to their advancement.

  • Type II Dirac fermions, first predicted theoretically by MARVEL researchers, now experimentally verified

    The usual approach to scientific discovery is "experiments first, theory second". But sometimes things work the other way around. In a 2015 Nature article, a MARVEL team led by Alexey Soluyanov predicted that a novel type of particle, type II Weyl fermions, can be hosted as quasiparticles in topological semimetals. In a remarkable triumph for their computational approach, the existence of such quasiparticles has now been confirmed experimentally by five independent studies.

  • Piz Daint in third position of the TOP500 list of most powerful computers

    The 49th edition of the TOP500 list of the 500 known most powerful commercially available computer systems was released on June 19, 2017. The new number 3 supercomputer, after two Chinese systems, is the upgraded Piz Daint supercomputer installed at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS). It is also catching up the sixth position in the Green500 list ranking the top 500 supercomputers in the world by energy efficiency.

  • MARVEL topical sessions at the SPS-ÖPG meeting

    from 21 to August 25 2017 at CERN, then Centre International de Conférences de Genève (CICG) in Geneva

    MARVEL organizes topical sessions on “Correlated-Electron Physics in Transition-Metal Oxides” and on “Emergent phenomena in novel low-dimensional materials” at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Swiss and Austrian Physical Societies (SPS-ÖPG 2017), to be held in Geneva on August 21-25, 2017.

  • 53rd Symposium on Theoretical Chemistry 2017

    from 21 to August 25 2017 at the Bernoullianum of the University of Basel

    The Symposium on Theoretical Chemistry (STC) is an annual meeting gathering scientists from all areas of Theoretical Chemistry in which a specific topical focus is featured each year. This year's theme is ''Big Data in Chemistry: From Molecular Structure to Condensed Phase Dynamics''.

  • MARVEL is present at the ETHZ Industry Day 2017

    August 29 2017 at ETH Zurich Campus Hönggerberg

    The NCCR-MARVEL will attend the exhibition of the ETHZ Industry Day 2017 from 12.00 until 18.00. An opportunity for companies to have an insight on our activities in materials design and discovery. Come and visit us !