April 2021 : Team attends GPU Hackathon at Argonne

A team of researchers led by Marco Govoni attended the Argonne GPU Hackathon, a multi-day event pairing domain scientists with experienced GPU mentors to help developers accelerate their own codes on graphics processing units (GPUs). Several MICCoM codes are currently being optimized for state of the art GPU architectures.

March 2021 : APS March Meeting 2021, Nashville, TN (virtual).

List of talks:

  • A22.00003 First-Principles Studies of Photoluminescence of Defects in Semiconductors
  • C21.00003 Machine learning dielectric screening for the simulation of excited state properties of molecules and materials
  • L20.00013 Finite temperature electronic properties of diamond-like carbon materials
  • L32.00011 Quantum simulations of materials on near-term quantum computers
  • P20.00013 Implementation, validation and applications of electron-phonon calculations to large systems
  • S19.00011 Coupling interoperable software for quantum simulations of materials
  • V51.00012 First-principles Studies of Strongly Correlated States in Defect Spin Qubits in Diamond

November 2020 : INCITE award for simulation of light activated matter

Marco Govoni, Francois Gygi, and Giulia Galli have been awarded 1,200,000 Theta node-hours to advance the design of novel materials for both solar cell devices and quantum platforms, including sensors. The award is through the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program, which has awarded allocations of supercomputer access to 51 high-impact computational science projects for 2021. The simulations of electronic excited state properties of heterogeneous materials—including defects and interfaces—couple first-principles molecular dynamics and electronic structure methods beyond density functional theory, as implemented in the Qbox and WEST codes open-source code.

September 2020 : Article Highlighted by Nature Communications

The article "Electron affinity of liquid water", which employed the WEST code and was featured by Argonne news, appeared as part of a themed collection on "Computation and Machine Learning for Chemistry" by the journal Nature Communications. The open-access collection is a showcase of exceptional recent content in the category of computational chemistry.

June 2020 : Marco Govoni awarded DOE Early Career Award

Marco receives the DOE Early Career award from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics program. The awarded project is titled "Optical Control of Spin-polarization in Quantum Materials", and aims to enable the development of robust solid-state qubits as building blocks for applications in quantum sensing, quantum communication, and quantum computing. This highly competitive award supports the computational study of electronic states of defects in semiconductors. The project harnesses pre-exascale simulations that incorporate elements of machine learning and quantum computing in order to study optically activated processes and understand how the local environment tunes the properties of spin defects. [Argonne news]

June 2020 : Quantum simulations of materials on near-term quantum computers

The paper entitled "Quantum simulations of materials on near-term quantum computers" has been accepted on npj Computational Materials. We wrapped up calculations performed on a quantum computer and showed that they yield results in agreement with those obtained with exact diagonalization on classical architectures, paving the way to simulations of realistic materials on near-term quantum computers. Our hybrid classical-quantum method is based on a quantum embedding theory for the calculation of strongly-correlated electronic states of active regions, with the rest of the system described within density functional theory. We demonstrate the accuracy and effectiveness of the approach by investigating several defect quantum bits in semiconductors that are of great interest for quantum information technologies. [Argonne news]

April 2020 : New class at UChicago offers training on applied scientific computing

Marco is teaching the class Applied Scientific Computing in Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. This one-quarter course provides hands-on practical training in scientific computing with a focus on applications to molecular engineering. The course provides: (i) training in core programming concepts, including a broad introduction to Python programming and use of key scientific libraries, (ii) advanced programming topics in CPU and GPU parallel programming and quantum computing, exploring their use through practical examples. Hands-on immersive praxis, mostly using electronic notebooks, will introduce students to the efficient use of several computational resources such as pre-exascale and quantum computers.

November 2019 : Project on AI-informed Computation selected for ALCF Data Science Program

The project, "Advanced Materials Characterization with AI-informed Computation," led by Marco has been selected for the 2019-2020 Argonne Leadership Computing Facility Data Science Program (ADSP) at Argonne National Laboratory. ADSP connects leading researchers with ALCF scientists to push the state-of-the-art in machine learning, workflows, data analysis, and algorithmic development. The awarded project will aim to develop an AI-informed computational framework that integrates machine learning into existing workflows, thereby enabling the prediction of spectroscopic signatures of materials with fast turnaround.

June 2019 : Energy Department to Invest $32 Million in Computer Design of Materials

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that it will invest $32 million over the next four years to accelerate the design of new materials through use of supercomputers. Marco is co-Principal Investigator of MICCoM, one of the seven awarded centers.

May 2019 : $100 million commitment launches Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

The University of Chicago announced a $100 million commitment from the Pritzker Foundation to support the new Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, becoming the first university in the United States with a school dedicated to this emerging field. The new school builds on the success of efforts by the University and Argonne National Laboratory, which partnered in 2011 to establish the Institute for Molecular Engineering. Marco will work closely with the new school on research collaborations.

May 2019 : Keynote addressing the reproducibility crisis in science

Marco presented the highlight talk entitled "Qresp, a tool for curating, discovering and exploring reproducible scientific papers" at EPFL. The keynote focused on outstanding problems (and proposed solutions) in sharing reproducible workflows in computational materials science. Qresp has previously been featured by UChicago News.

April 2019 : Chicago Quantum Exchange

Marco joins the Chicago Quantum Exchange, a growing intellectual hub for the research and development of quantum technology in the Chicago area.

March 2019 : ACS National Meeting 2019

Marco contributed to the symposium Sustainable Software for Computational Molecular Science, organized by MolSSI at the Spring 2019 ACS Meeting in Orlando from March 31-April 4, 2019. This program brought together leading researchers and software developers from academia and industry in the computational molecular sciences for a 5 day, 9 session meeting.

March 2019 : NERSC Exascale Science Application Program

The project lead by M. Govoni has been accepted as a Tier 1 NESAP application. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center has announced the latest round of NERSC Exascale Science Application Program (NESAP) teams that will focus on simulation, data analysis, and machine learning applications to prepare workloads for NERSC’s next supercomputer, Perlmutter.

March 2019 : APS March Meeting 2019, Boston, MA.

List of talks:

  • B22.00005 Large scale GW and BSE calculations using interoperable software building blocks
  • G70.00332 Ionization energies and excited state lifetime of charged defects in Two-dimensional Materials
  • P16.00004 Dielectric dependent hybrid functionals for surfaces and interfaces

December 2018 : Hour of Code

Thanks to the Hour of Code initiative, I met incredibly smart and motivated kids! Who said that computer science and quantum physics cannot be explained to elementary school students? Imagination is more important than knowledge! (A. Einstein).

November 2018 : Chicago Quantum Summit

Leading experts in quantum research from industry, government and universities will gather at the University of Chicago on Nov. 8 and 9 for a summit on this emerging technology and the global race to develop quantum’s revolutionary potential. The Chicago Quantum Summit, which will include technology leaders at Microsoft, IBM, Alphabet Inc.’s Google, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, will be hosted by the Chicago Quantum Exchange.

October 2018 : Scientific reproducibility, data management, and inspiration

UChicago's Library is working with us to explore ways in which Qresp can potentially integrate with the Library’s new institutional repository platform. [news].

October 2018 : Paper on the role of defects in oxide photoabsorbers published in Nature Materials

Our paper, The role of defects and excess surface charges at finite temperature for optimizing oxide photoabsorbers, is published in Nature Materials! Three major factors determine the chemical reactivity of WO3 interfaced with water: the presence of surface defects, the dynamics of excess charge at the surface, and finite temperature fluctuations of the surface electronic orbitals.

September 2018 : QISE-NET network

Marco is part of the Quantum Information Science and Engineering Network (QISE-NET), which is housed at the Chicago Quantum Exchange. QISE-NET is an intellectual hub and partnership for advancing academic and industrial efforts in the science and engineering of quantum information. Marco is hosting at Argonne National Lab Tyler Smart, graduate student (University of California, Santa Cruz), with the purpose of developing numeric techniques to model quantum materials for quantum information science.

July 2018 : Materials Science at Exascale

Argonne National Lab is funding Marco's LDRD research focused on developing a programmable cyberinfrastructure for distributed electronic structure calculations that will fill the gap between researchers and leadership computing facilities.

June 2018 : Materials Genome Towards Exascale

Invited talk on "Coupling first principles molecular with advanced sampling and many body perturbation theory codes" at the Symposium on Materials Genome Towards Exascale, held in Spetses (Greece), June 10-15 2018.

March 2018 : Argonne Today

Molecular engineering scales up to lab-wide research enterprise. The full story appeared in Argonne Today.

March 2018 : APS March Meeting 2018, Los Angeles, CA.

Invited talk on a wide range of method developments in electronic structure! Opening the session: Petascale Science and Beyond: Applications and Opportunities for Materials, Chemical, and Bio-Physics III.

Contributed talk on reproducibility in Science! The open-source suite Qresp is expected to increase experimental and computational rigor in reporting results, together with transparency and to greatly facilitate paper reproducibility.

List of talks:

  • A29.00004 A Finite Field Algorithm for GW Calculations Beyond the Random Phase Approximation
  • A29.00007 Large Scale Bethe-Salpeter Equation Calculations
  • A29.00013 Approximate spectral decomposition of density-density response functions
  • C34.00001 Large-scale first principles calculations with leadership class HPC using many-body perturbation theory
  • E29.00010 Electron Affinity of Liquid Water
  • L52.00014 Multipole interactions in the molecular polarizabilities of water from ambient to high pressures
  • P12.00010 Raising the bar for accessibility and sustainability of data published in scientific papers
  • V21.00009 Designing defect-based qubit candidates in wide-gap binary semiconductors
  • Y17.00014 Dielectric properties of interfaces