News

  • Machine learning presents a huge opportunity to identify new materials at a reduced cost

    A new machine learning-based approach to predicting the properties of materials cut the computing power needed to analyze two million crystals from more than 20 million hours on a supercomputer to an afternoon on a laptop, the cost from as much as CHF 2 million to, essentially, nothing, and identified 90 previously unknown, thermodynamically stable crystals in the process. 

  • Equal opportunity actions for young girls and boys at EPFL in 2018

    MARVEL and EPFL Science outreach department announce four initiatives of the equal opportunities actions targeted at young girls and boys and taking place at EPFL in 2018.

  • PhD student positions in physics @ EPFL, Lausanne

    Two PhD student openings are available in Prof. Oleg Yazyev's group at the Institute of Physics, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.

  • Apply for the Psi-k Volker Heine Young Investigator Award!

    Young computational science researchers are invited to put themselves forward for the Psi-k Volker Heine Young Investigator Award 2018.  The deadline for applying is December 1, 2017.

  • Nicola Spaldin receives the 2017 Mid-Career Researcher Award

    The Materials Research Society has chosen Professor Nicola Spaldin, MARVEL group leader and head of the Materials Theory group at ETH Zurich, to receive the Mid-Career Researcher Award for "her new theoretical framework describing multiferroics and service to the materials community".

  • Michele Ceriotti has been awarded the C10 Young Scientist Award 2018

    Michele Ceriotti, MARVEL group leader and head of the laboratory for Computational Science and Modeling at EPFL, has been awarded the C10 Young Scientist Award for 2018 "for his work on the development of novel and original algorithms to extend the scope and accuracy of molecular dynamics simulations, and to rationalize and predict the structure-property relations in complex materials".

  • Andrea Cepellotti has been awarded the APS Metropolis Prize 2018

    Andrea Cepellotti, former MARVEL PhD student in the group of Nicola Marzari, has been awarded the American Physical Society Nicholas Metropolis Award for his outstanding doctoral thesis work in computational physics.

  • Michele Parrinello wins the 2017 Dreyfus Prize

    Michele Parrinello, MARVEL group leader and professor of computational sciences at the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, has been awarded the 2017 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences. He is honored "for his groundbreaking developments of molecular dynamics simulation methodology and associated landmark studies of chemical, material, and biomolecular systems".

  • Summer 2017: Materials science and chemistry for young girls and boys

    The EPFL Science Outreach Department has organised this summer two camps on materials science and chemistry with the support of the MARVEL.

  • First step towards scientific independence for two MARVEL members!

    In mid-August 2017, MARVEL members Marco Gibertini (EPFL) and Vladimir Rybkin (University of Zurich) were both awarded an Ambizione grant by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

  • 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.