Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Speaker: Alexie Kolpak, MIT
Title: Atomic-Scale Engineering of Interface Phenomena for Renewable Energy Applications
Location: 67-3111 Chemla Room
Dr. Alexie Kolpak joined the faculty of MIT’s School of Engineering in 2013. Her research employs atomic and electronic structure modeling techniques such as density functional theory (DFT) to elucidate fundamental chemical and physical principles of surface and interfacial phenomena. Dr. Kolpak’s research is highly interdisciplinary in nature and has included strong collaborations with experimentalists aimed at the engineering of interfacial structures for a variety of important applications, including renewable energy, novel electronics technologies, and integrated nanoscale medical devices. Dr. Kolpak earned her B.A. in Biochemistry and her M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, both in 2002. She then continued her graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 2007, under the supervision of Prof. Andrew M. Rappe. Following her Ph.D., she was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Applied Physics at Yale University with Prof. Sohrab Ismail-Beigi. She was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT with Prof. Jeffrey C. Grossman.