James R. Chelikowsky

James R. Chelikowsky - 2001 Turnbull Lecturer

James R. Chelikowsky, University of Minnesota

2001 David Turnbull Lecturer


"For his contributions to the fundamental understanding of electrical, optical, mechanical, surface and interface properties of bulk and nanostructured semiconductors, ceramics, and metals through ab initio calculations; and for excellence in teaching, lecturing, and writing."




Jim Chelikowsky obtained a B.S., summa cum laude, in physics from Kansas State University in 1970 and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975, where he held a National Science Foundation Fellowship. He performed postdoctoral work at Bell Laboratories from 1976-1978 and was an assistant professor at the University of Oregon from 1978-1980. From 1980-1987, he worked at Exxon Research and Engineering Corporate Research Science Laboratories. In this capacity, he served as group head in theoretical physics and chemistry. He went to the University of Minnesota in 1987 as a professor within the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. He was named an Institute of Technology Distinguished Professor at Minnesota in 2001. He is also a fellow at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.

He has been active within the Materials Research Society having organized several symposia. He is also active in the American Physical Society where he served on the executive committee of the Division of Materials Physics from 1993-1996 and is currently the vice chair of the division. He was named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1987.

He was a divisional associate editor for Physical Review Letters from 1992-1995 and is currently on the editorial advisory board of several journals, including the Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids, Theoretical Chemistry Accounts and Computational Materials Science.

He was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996. During the tenure of this fellowship, he spent a sabbatical at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. He was the Neal Amundson Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in 1996 and a Miller Institute Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1999.

His research has made significant contributions within the field of computational materials science. His work has focused on the optical and dielectric properties of semiconductors, surface and interfacial phenomena in solids, point and extended defects in electronic materials, pressure induced amorphization in silicates and disordered systems, clusters and confined systems, diffusion and microstructure of liquids, and the development of high performance algorithms to predict the properties of materials. He has published over 230 papers, including five monographs.

At the 2001 MRS Fall Meeting, Chelikowsky delivered an awards talk entitled "Silicon in All Its Forms."

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