News

  • Michele Parrinello to be awarded 2021 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry

    Michele Parrinello, professor of Computational Sciences at ETH Zurich and the Università della Svizzera italiana as well as group leader in NCCR MARVEL's Design & Discovery Project 1, will be awarded the 2021 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry along with Roberto Car of Princeton University in recognition of their exceptional achievements in the field of molecular dynamics.

  • Two MARVEL researchers named associate professor by ETH Board

    MARVEL PIs Michele Ceriotti, involved in Design and Discovery Projects 1 and 2 and Oleg Yazyev, involved in Design and Discovery Project 6, have been named associate professors by the ETH Board.

  • Emiliana Fabbri receives SNSF PRIMA grant

    Emiliana Fabbri, senior researcher in the Electrocatalysis and Interfaces group at PSI, has been awarded a PRIMA grant from the SNSF to support her research. She has been associated with MARVEL since May 2020 as group leader in Design and Discovery Project 4 with an Agility Plus grant on "Search for MOF-based catalysts for the electrochemical splitting of water".

  • Tenure-track faculty position at EPFL in computational materials science

    The Institute of Materials of EPFL invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in computational materials science, as part of the long-term support measures for the National Centre for Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials MARVEL, as it enters its 3rd phase (2022-26). EPFL seeks exceptional individuals who will develop and drive a research program at the forefront of the field, who have strong dedication to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and who will be proactive members of their professional and university communities.

  • Two MARVEL papers among the 10 most cited Physical Review Materials articles

    Physical Review Materials has collected a selection of 10 of the most-cited papers that the journal published between 2017 and 2019. Two of these papers were published in the context of the NCCR MARVEL.

  • MARVEL groups join BIG-MAP consortium to accelerate battery research

    A new European project with a budget of about 20 million euros, led by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is aiming to develop the next generation of super batteries.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • New Materials Cloud Archive offers easier submission and record management for authors

    After nearly 18 months of planning and programming, the team behind the new Materials Cloud Archive has unveiled a major reengineering based on the CERN-developed data technology that also drives the massive Zenodo repository. The new archive improves the user experience, permits the scaling needed to accommodate the growing number of submissions and helps moderators and developers focus on the core work of the archive—enabling the seamless sharing and dissemination of resources in computational materials science.

  • Virtual fireside chat series on DFT draws hundreds of participants

    Density-functional theory has become a very popular and powerful approach to the calculation from first-principles of the properties of molecules and materials. In three two-hour sessions, dubbed "a great introduction to electronic structure calculations and DFT" by one Twitter user, Nicola Marzari provided a gentle introduction to the fundamentals, practical application and the capabilities and limits of the technique over Zoom. The first session maxed out at more than 500 participants before it even got started. The recordings are now available on Materials Cloud.  

  • Wannier90 School goes virtual, saving some 30 metric tons of CO2

    Wannier90 has recently become a community code with a wide base of contributors. It has  grown significantly, gaining many novel features, an evolution that culminated in the release of a new version, a new website and a collaborative article. A 3-day school from 25 to 27 March 2020, originally meant to be held in Oxford, England, aimed to present the state-of-the-art functionalities, with a particular focus on the latest developments to new and experienced users and developers alike. The school was instead held in virtual form, saving an estimated 30 metric tons of CO2, and providing a template for future remote versions of the course.