Marie Curie Researcher Fellow
I am interested in the study of friction at the atomic scale. Friction impacts all mechanical devices, leading to energy dissipation and wear. These problems can alleviated by superlubricating interfaces with extremely reduced friction. The design of such interfaces requires a fundamental understanding of mechanical properties and energy dissipation mechanisms at the nanoscale. My research centres on exploring the energy dissipation mechanisms, that is the conversion of mechanical energy into other forms of energy such as electronic or photonic excitations, during interfacial sliding. This requires explicit (non-equilibrium) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations that account for electronic and phononic friction to ascertain the dynamic friction coefficient linked to interfacial sliding. Such MD simulations demand highly efficient methodologies to ascertain energies and forces, encompassing dissipative forces stemming from electronic and phononic friction. To fulfil this objective, I leverage machine-learning interatomic potentials (MLIP) that are trained via electronic structure computations.
Image depicting electronic and mechanical properties of surfaces; (a) Molecule-molecule and molecule-substrate interactions, interfacial charge transfer, and the resulting interface dipole; (b) Electronic and phononic excitations resulting from interfacial sliding driven by a lateral force.
|2023 - Ongoing||Marie Curie Researcher Fellow||Departments of Chemistry and Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK|
|2022 - 2023||Postdoctoral Researcher||Institute of Solid State Physics, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria|
|2018 - 2022||Research Assistant||Institute of Solid State Physics, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria|
|2014 - 2018||Teaching Assistant||
Institute of Solid State Physics, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria
|2018 - 2022||
PhD in Technical Sciences
|2011 - 2018||
MSc in Technical Sciences
List of Publications (15 Publications): Google Scholar
Number of Invited Talks: 3
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