Small sizes, big ideas-Nanoscience in the classroom

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Dr. Nicholas Kioussis

Luis Agapito, Jacob Gayles, Christian Wolowiec, and Nicholas Kioussis Aviram-Ratner rectifying mechanism for DNA base-pair sequencing through graphene nanogaps,, J. of Nanotechnology, 23 135202 (2012).

Dr. Donna Sheng

P. Ghaemi, J. Cayssol, D. N. Sheng, and A. Vishwanath, “Fractional topological phases and broken time-reversal symmetry in strained graphene”, Phys. Rev. Lett., 108, 266801 (2012).

Dr. Gang Lu

Z. Li, X. Zhang and G. Lu, “Dipole-Assisted Charge Separation in Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Photovoltaic Heterojunctions: Insight from First Principles Simulations”, J. Phys. Chem. C 116, 9845-9851(2012)

Dr. Jussi Eloranta

Nonadiabatic dynamics by the mean-field and surface-hopping approaches: energy conservation considerations, S. L. Fiedler and J. Eloranta. Mol. Phys. 108, 1471 (2010).

Dr. Igor Beloborodov

Nonlinear transport characteristics of mesoscopic tunnel junctions far from equilibrium A. Glatz, N. M. Chtchelkachev, and I. S. Beloborodov Phys. Rev. B 86, 045440 (2012)

Welcome To PREM

Fostering Innovation and Education in Computational Materials Science

This PREM is a partnership between the multidisciplinary W. M. Keck Computational Materials Theory Center at California State University Northridge, a Hispanic-serving institution, and the Princeton Center for Complex Materials, the NSF-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Princeton University.

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Objectives of the PREM partnership are:

  1. to initiate and expand collaborations on research and education for emergent materials
  2. to broaden participation in materials research and education through recruitment, retention and outreach programs involving high school students and teachers, undergraduate and graduate students
  3. to leverage and harness the intellectual power and research infrastructure to address grand challenges in emergent materials research
  4. to promote accessibility of multidisciplinary cutting-edge research and education experience to underrepresented groups
  5. to stimulate and develop strong industrial-university-national laboratory partnerships in materials research


The research emphasis will be on the development of physical models, numerical algorithms and robust simulation techniques for the study of:

  1. Interfacial Charge Transfer and Separation in Excitonic Photovoltaics
  2. Quantum Phenomena in Topological Materials
  3. Spintronics in Multifunctional Devices

Find out more about this PREM's Research


Jacob Gayles

Undergraduate student Jacob Gayles explaining in the nanoscale, the size of a particle affects important properties of the material. See more photos of the workshop

Sergio Gayles

Undergraduate Sergio Orozco helping high school student Brian Huynh with physics problems. See more photos of the workshop


Jacob Gayles

Jacob Gayles - You can contact Jacob at jacob.gayles.35@my.csun.edu

Sergio Orozco

Sergio Orozco - You can contact Sergio at sergio.orozco.46@my.csun.edu

Eric Sanchez

Eric Sanchez - You can contact Eric at esanchez012004@yahoo.com

Raika Khodadad

Raika Khodadad - You can contact Raika at raika.kouchaki.38@my.csun.edu

Theodore Charles

Theodore Charles - You can contact Theodore at theodore.charles.53@my.csun.edu