The Computational and Experimental Design of Emerging materials Research group (CEDER) is a part of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. Our goal is to better design high quality functional materials by mapping the relationship between materials structures and their physical and chemical properties through a combined theoretical and experimental approach. Our group integrates all the aspects of materials research from developing the fundamental understanding to the design, synthesis and testing of new bulk and nano materials. We combine computational approaches in quantum mechanics, solid state physics and statistical mechanics, with selected experiments into a complimentary research strategy to investigate materials in the energy field. Applied areas of interest are in Li batteries, fuel cell electrodes, hydrogen storage, thermoelectrics and solar cell materials. On the fundamental side the group develops expertise in electronic structure, ab-initio thermodynamics of bulk and nano systems, diffusion, electron transport and structure prediction. Over the last decade, we have successfully performed many research projects supported by various companies and governments. The CEDER group offers research opportunities for students interest in theoretical, computational, experimental work, or a combination of these.
The Ceder group is a cofounder of the Materials Project. This database aims at accelerating materials research by providing free computed data on all known inorganic materials.
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This course uses the theory and application of atomistic computer simulations to model, understand, and predict the properties of real materials. Specific topics include: energy models from classical potentials to first-principles approaches; density functional theory and the total-energy pseudopotential method ...
Material covered in this course includes the following topics: Laws of thermodynamics, Computation of phase diagrams, Statistical thermodynamics, Computational modeling, and Interfaces