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Department News and Colloquium

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium at CSU Long Beach

Physics Colloquium

Density Functional Theory and its

Applications to Physics and Chemistry

Dr. Kurt Fredrickson

Applied Materials (Sunnyvale, CA)

November 13, 2017
Time: 11:15 am
Refreshments will be served at 10:45 am in HSCI-224.

Density functional theory (DFT) is a widely-used computational tool in academia and industry that has been successful in predicting a wide variety of physical phenomena. Its ability to balance computational cost and accuracy allows to it be used for a wide variety of technologically important properties at the atomic scale, such as band gaps, band offsets, and binding energies. In this talk, I will present my doctoral and postdoctoral work in DFT and its applications in physics, chemistry, and engineering, including interface modeling, chemical deposition, and catalysis. I will also mention its importance to industry and some applications to industrial problems.

All Physics students & faculty should attend!

See the colloquium schedule and its archive of previous talks

Colloquia are scheduled to start Mondays at 11:15am sharp in Peterson Hall 1, Room PH1-223. Refreshments are served from 10:45am to 11:05am in Room HSCI-224 (next to the department office) and everyone is invited to mingle with faculty and students!


For information and suggestions about the colloquium please contact the colloquium coordinator:
Prof. Prashanth Jaikumar, Phone: 562-985-5592, Email:

Directions to Campus

  • Access to Campus
  • Campus Maps
  • Parking on campus: contact the coordinator of the colloquium. If not reachable, call the department office (562) 985-7925. If none of these are available at the time you need information, call (562) 985-4146 or go to the drive-through information booth at the main campus entrance (on Beach Drive, near the crossing to Bellflower).
  • Walk (or ask for a ride on an on-campus shuttle) to the department office: Hall of Sciences, Room 220 (HSCI-220). The coordinator will provide the necessary informations.
  • Any question or problem: call the colloquium coordinator or the department office (562) 985-7925.

Colloquia Sponsors:

We acknowledge with gratitude donations and support from the following present sponsors:

  • H.E. and H.B. Miller and Family Endowment
  • Benjamin Carter
  • The American Physical Society
  • Anonymous

We also acknowledge with gratitude our past donors: The Forty-Niner Shops, Inc., The Northrop Grumman Foundation, Sandra Dana, Anonymous.

If you wish to support the Colloquium, please contact the colloquium coordinator or the department chair. Thank you!

Colloquia Schedule

Academic Year 2017-2018

Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
September 11 Physics Department Meet and Mix Faculty and Staff,
California State University, Long Beach
September 18 Constraining Planet Formation with Directly Imaged Exoplanets Prof. Quinn Konopacky,
University of California, San Diego
September 25 Neutron Stars: Challenges and Opportunities Prof. Thomas Klähn,
California State University, Long Beach
October 2 Topological Order in Condensed Matter Physics Prof. Michael R. Peterson,
California State University, Long Beach
October 9 A Paradigmatic Study of Exo-Academia Economic Opportunites in the Absence of a Physics Doctorate John Milligan,
Logical Approach Engineering
October 16 Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of Graphene: Hydrogen Desorption and Nitrogen Doping Prof. Li Gao,
California State University, Northridge
October 23 Majorana Materializes Prof. Jason Alicea,
California Institute of Technology
October 30 What is a skyrmion? Dr. Hector Ochoa,
University of California, Los Angeles
Novemeber 6 Force Sensing by Bacteria Prof. Albert Siryaporn,
University of California, Irvine
Novemeber 13 Density Functional Theory and its Applications to Physics and Chemistry Dr. Kurt Fredrickson,
Applied Materials (Sunnyvale, CA)