Gian Marco Rignanese

Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium


Gian Marco Rignanese earned his degree in engineering physics from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in 1994 defending a thesis on various aspects of the ab initio study of silicon. The work included the parallelization of a program for the calculation of response functions in the framework of Density Function Perturbation Theory (DFPT). He started his Ph.D. degree in 1994 at UCL under the supervision of Professor X. Gonze, as a Research Fellow of the National Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-Belgium). His work aimed at studying the SiO2 surface and its interface with Si with first principles. During his Ph.D., he spent nine months in the group of Professor R. Car at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where he was also appointed as Software Development Consultant by Cray Research. After finishing his Ph.D. in 1998, he joined the group of Professor S.G. Louie at the University of California at Berkeley, as Firmin Van Brée Fellow of the Hoover Foundation of the Belgian American Educational Foundation and grantee of the Fulbright Program of the Commission for Educational exchange. He developed parallel programs for electronic structure calculations by the GW approximation and the Bethe-Salpeter Equation (BSE) in the framework of Many-Body Perturbation Theory (MBPT). In 2003, he obtained a permanent position as Research Associate of the FRS-Belgium and Assistant Professor (Chargé de Cours) at UCL. In 2011, he became Senior Research Associate of the FRS-Belgium and Professor at UCL. Rignanese works in computational modeling of the electronic, dielectric, and transport properties of new materials for nanoelectronics. He is the Coordinator of the European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility Beamline "Vibrational spectroscopy." He is a Member of the advisory board of the ABINIT software application and has also been involved in the CECAM Electronic Structure Validation and Verification (ESVV) Project.

Biography Updated on 6 August 2013

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