Our research group is primarily focused on computational material science using Density Functional Theory (DFT). DFT is a widely used approach in materials science to understand the electronic structure of materials and predict their properties.
Within this field, our group has expertise in several areas including energy materials, interfaces, photocatalysis, hydrogen evolution reaction, and topological materials. Energy materials are materials that are designed to store or release energy for use in various applications. They are critical components of many modern technologies, from batteries and fuel cells to solar cells and supercapacitors. Energy materials can be broadly classified into two categories: those that store energy (such as batteries) and those that generate energy (such as solar cells). Interfaces are the boundary regions between two different materials, and they play a critical role in determining the properties of materials. Photocatalysis involves using light to drive chemical reactions, and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is a process that generates hydrogen from water using renewable energy sources. Topological materials are a class of materials that have unique electronic properties due to their topology.
In addition to computational work, our group also conducts experimental studies on earth-abundant thin film solar cells. Thin film solar cells are a promising technology for renewable energy generation, as they offer a cost-effective and lightweight alternative to traditional solar cells. By using earth-abundant materials, our group aims to develop sustainable and environmentally friendly solar cells that can help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Overall, our research group is dedicated to advancing our understanding of materials science and developing new materials with useful properties for a wide range of applications.