Dr Bonini’s background is in theoretical condensed matter physics, with a focus on first-principles electronic-structure methods and their application to problems in physics and materials science. His current interests concentrate on understanding, characterizing and engineering the electrical and thermal transport properties of complex materials and nanoscale devices for nanoelectronics and energy conversion applications. His main contributions thus far have been in the development and application of a comprehensive framework of perturbative techniques to calculate the lifetimes of electrons and phonons in real materials fully from first-principles, starting from the elementary electron-phonon and phonon-phonon interactions computed using density functional perturbation theory. He has recently applied these techniques to investigate energy dissipation phenomena in graphitic materials and thermal transport in silicon-germanium alloys.
Graphitic Materials, Conductivity (Electrical), Conductivity (Thermal), Thermoelectric Effect, Ab Initio M.D., Ab Initio Random Struc Search