Principal Investigator

Hartwin Peelaers

Dr. Peelaers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas (KU). He received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, where he used first-principles calculations to study the properties of nanowires. Afterwards, he received a Fellowship from the Belgian American Education Foundation to start postdoctoral studies in the group of Prof. Chris Van de Walle in the Materials Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Dr. Peelaers has studied a wide range of materials, from nanowires and 2D materials to transparent conducting oxides using advanced first-principles techniques. In 2015 he became Associate Specialist, also at UCSB, where he continued his research on wide-band-gap oxides, such as Ga2O3. In 2018 he joined the faculty at KU, where he uses and develops first-principles methods, based on density functional theory (DFT) to improve our understanding of the physics of nanostructured, electronic, and energy materials.

Graduate Students

Stephanie Amos

2D heterostructures

Sakthi Kasthurirengan

Novel cathodes for non-Li-ion batteries

Sierra Seacat

Wide-band-gap oxides

Undergraduate Students

Katherine Beech

Cluster expansions

Logan Honeycutt

Ab initio molecular dynamics

Joshua Jeng

Ab initio molecular dynamics

Christopher Sherald

2D gas sensors

Previous members
John Pace: graduate student at West-Virginia University
Spencer Rodgers: undergraduate student at KU
Finn Dobbs: undergraduate student at KU


Positions for undergraduate students and graduate students are available. Please contact me if you are interested in joining.

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