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Newsletter - June 25, 2020

Dear MARVEL'ers,

Please find below our latest newsletter, with highlights, news, and events linked to the MARVEL community. 

This month, read about a new procedure addressing the difficult problem of generating maximally-localized Wannier functions for arbitrary materials. The protocol enables the automatic construction of these functions for use in high throughput frameworks, and all codes and workflows have been distributed through a virtual machine that allows researchers to perform their own simulations, either with different parameters or on new materials. 

Congratulations to two MARVEL principal investigators whose excellent work has been rewarded: Philipp Werner receives the Charpak-Ritz Prize 2020 and Giovanni Pizzi is this year's laureate of the Rodolphe and Renée Haenny Prize.

This month, you can also get to know a new PI joining the NCCR MARVEL team: Prof. Ana Akrap , from the University of Fribourg.

For your calendars, there’s the MARVEL Junior seminar tomorrow, June 26, and the AiiDA introductory tutorial in early July. Note also the CECAM weekly webinars series continuing as soon as this afternoon.

 Be well and keep in touch. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Automated Wannierisation for high-throughput computational materials design

High-throughput computational materials design is an emerging field that looks set to accelerate reliable, cost-effective design and optimisation of new materials that feature specific desirable properties. Maximally-localized Wannier functions (MLWFs)—a means of representing the Bloch eigenstates of a periodic system—are tools that have been regularly used to compute certain advanced materials properties from first principles. Bringing the two approaches together has been complicated by the fact that generating MLWFs automatically and robustly without user intervention and for arbitrary materials is difficult. Researchers at Nicola Marzari’s THEOS lab and colleagues have now addressed this problem by proposing a procedure for automatically generating MLWFs for use in high throughput frameworks. In the interest of Open Science, they have also developed a virtual machine that allows researchers to perform their own simulations, either with different parameters or on new materials using this new protocol. The research was a collaboration between the EU H2020 E-CAM and MaX Centres of Excellence. A Success Story on the project can be found here.

Read MARVEL Highlights here.

Two MARVEL group leaders distinguished

The Charpak-Ritz Prize 2020 is awarded to Philipp Werner

Philippe Werner, professor of computational physics at the University of Fribourg, and group leader in MARVEL’s Design and Discovery 5 project, is this year’s recipient of the Charpak-Ritz Prize.

Giovanni Pizzi wins the 2020 Rodolphe and Renée Haenny Prize

Giovanni Pizzi, EPFL researcher and NCCR MARVEL project leader has been selected for the 2020 prize of the Rodolphe and Renée Haenny Foundation.

MARVEL Junior Seminars series continuing online

MARVEL Junior Seminar — June 2020

Jun 26, 2020, from 14:00 until 15:00, Zoom

We are delighted to announce that the MARVEL Junior Seminar series is continuing in videoconferencing mode (even though pizza and cakes will have to wait for now!). We are therefore pleased to propose the 33rd MARVEL Junior Seminar: Sara Fiore (Integrated Systems Laboratory, ETHZ) and Augustin Bussy (Dept. of Chemistry, UZH) will present their research. The seminar will be chaired by Giuliana Materzanini.

AiiDA tutorial maintained

AiiDA introductory tutorial - Virtual edition

Jul 07, 2020, 9:00 until Jul 10, 2020, 21:30, Online

We are delighted to announce that the introductory tutorial to AiiDA — originally planned to take place in Vilnius — will be maintained and moved to a virtual format, taking place on July 7–10, 2020.

Meet Ana Akrap, new MARVEL PI

Ana Akrap is professor at the University of Fribourg, exploring the charge dynamics of materials hosting light fermions, such as topological insulators or Weyl and Dirac semimetals. She is associated in MARVEL from May 2020 as group leader in Design and Discovery Project 6, with an Agility Plus grant on "Topological materials with intrinsic magnetic ordering".

You can learn more about Ana Akrap here.

NCCR MARVEL Agility Plus grants are targeted at new junior PIs, particularly women, to help support either experimental or theoretical research that can be integrated into existing MARVEL projects.  The grants will support a PhD student or half a postdoc between May 2020 and April 2022.  As communicated previously, the latest round of funding has been granted to four projects covering topics ranging from machine learning in the sampling of crystal packing to topological materials with intrinsic magnetic ordering, and led by Prof. Sereina Riniker, Dr. Emiliana Fabbri, Prof. Marta Gibert and Prof. Ana Akrap (from left to right in the image below). 

INSPIRE Potentials – MARVEL Master's Fellowships

Three new INSPIRE Potentials fellows will join MARVEL for their Master's research projects

We are happy to announce that Veronica Michel (ETHZ), Miriam Stuke  (UniBas) and Maria Pakhnova (MIPT, Moscow) were granted INSPIRE Potentials – MARVEL Master's Fellowships after the April 2020 call. The three women will join MARVEL labs for a 6-month Master's research project — congratulations!

More summer events

CECAM Webinars - The importance of being H.P.C. Earnest

Jun 18, 2020, 15:00 until Jul 16, 2020, 17:00, Online

CECAM organizes a new series of webinars exploring the relevance of HPC as an enabler of leading-edge simulation and modeling. Entitled "The importance of being H.P.C. Earnest",  the series will focus on the science made possible by combining state-of-the-art methods with optimal exploitation of supercomputing resources.

International Summer School MATERIALS 4.0

Aug 17, 2020, 9:00 until Aug 21, 2020, 17:00, Online

There are still a few open slots for Master students, PhD students and (early stage) Postdocs to participate in the International Summer School "MATERIALS 4.0: Materials Genome Engineering" organized by TU Dresden this August 17–21, as an online event.

Psi-k conference postponed to August 2021

Psi-k conference

Aug 23, 2021, 13:00 until Aug 26, 2021, 18:00, SwissTech Convention Center, EPFL

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Psi-k conference – which was originally scheduled to be held in September 2020 – is postponed to next year (Aug. 2021)!Given the current situation, and after having frozen registrations since mid-March, we have now taken the formal decision to postpone the conference to August 23-26, 2021, preserving the same format, plenary and invited speakers, and symposia.The registration platform will be reopened later for registration — the participants who had already registered for this year will be contacted separately.Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to meeting you next year!

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