Professor David Bowler

University College London

Department: Physics & Astronomy
Institution: UCL
Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 7229

Research summary

See Dr Bowler’s latest Research Highlights here:

Researchers develop a new method for simulating previously unstudied complex matter

David is Professor of Physics and a PI in the London Centre for Nanotechnology at UCL. His research concentrates on semiconductor surfaces and nanostructures on semiconductor surfaces, as well as the development of new techniques for modelling these systems. He is also developing an interest in biological systems.

He uses standard electronic structure codes (mainly density functional theory, or DFT) for much of his work, and is the lead UK developer of the CONQUEST code, which is a linear scaling DFT code, capable of simulating systems containing over 1,000,000 atoms.

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David is also the co-author of Atomistic Computer Simulations: A Practical Guide, along with Dr Veronika Brazdova. This introductory ‘how to’ title enables readers to understand, plan, run, and analyze their own independent atomistic simulations, and decide which method to use and which questions to ask in their research project. It is written in a clear and precise language, focusing on a thorough understanding of the concepts behind the equations and how these are used in the simulations. As a result, readers will learn how to design the computational model and which parameters of the simulations are essential, as well as being able to assess whether the results are correct, find and correct errors, and extract the relevant information from the results. Finally, they will know which information needs to be included in their publications.

This book includes checklists for planning projects, analyzing output files, and for troubleshooting, as well as pseudo keywords and case studies.

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Biomaterials, Conductivity (Electrical), Molecular Adsorption, Semiconductor Surfaces, Nanostructures, Linear-Scaling DFT, Nanostructures