By Allison McLellan
Dr. Rampi Ramprasad (IMS/MSE) has just been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) through the Division of Materials Physics. The citation for his nomination is “For pioneering contributions to the computation-driven rational design of materials, especially polymeric and inorganic dielectric materials and catalysts.”
Representing over 51,000 members, APS is a non-profit membership organization that works to advance and circulate the knowledge of physics through it’s journals, scientific meetings, education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. Fellowship with APS is a distinguished honor based on outstanding contributions to the field of physics in areas such as research, applications, leadership, service, and education.
The focus of Professor Ramprasad’s research is the development and application of quantum mechanics based materials computational tools and data-driven methods for the accelerated design and discovery of new materials. His research has been funded by several agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and ACS Petroleum Research Fund. A recent project that has significantly shaped the manner in which he is able to use science-driven and data-driven methods to design new materials from the atomic level, and one that is consistent with the US White House Materials Genone Initiative is a multi-disciplinary university research initiative (MURI) funded by the Office of Naval Research. The aim of this project is the rational design of capacitor dielectrics for high energy density and electrostatic energy storage devices. Professor Ramprasad hopes to apply the methods and concepts that he and his colleagues have developed to other materials and application domains.
Professor Ramprasad has been previously recognized for his contributions as well. He is an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, the Max Planck Society Fellowship for Distinguished Scientists, and the United Technologies Corporation Professorship for Engineering Innovation. He has authored or co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed journal articles, 3 book chapters, and 4 patents. He has been a guest editor for the Journal of Materials Science, delivered over 150 invited talks at Universities and Conferences worldwide, and has organized several international symposia. His election as an APS Fellow will spur his continued efforts in the field of materials physics.