About us

Computational materials science is one of the fastest developing fields in Physics and Chemistry. It is focused on the investigation of the complex properties of solids and liquids on an atomistic scale - making a quantum-mechanical description of the interaction between atoms and electrons mandatory.


Although the basic concepts of quantum mechanics have been discovered about 80 years ago, a wide-scale application on materials science has only become feasible in the last decades. Based on the development of density functional theory (DFT) by Walter Kohn, systems of several hundred atoms can be routinely simulated on present-day computers.


The Vienna ab-initio Simulations Package (VASP), which has been developed in our group, is one of the most efficient implementations. At the moment, VASP is used by more than 1000 research groups in industry and academia worldwide. It is also used as a common tool within most of the research projects in our group.


In the further development of the VASP features, we concentrate on modern methods from quantum field theory and quantum chemistry.

However, the basis for most applications is and remains Walter Kohn's density functional theory. This groundbreaking method allows us to calculate systems with up to several thousand atoms on powerful parallel computers.




We are happy to announce that Anatole von Lilienfeld was awarded the honorary title as the 2021 Loewdin Lecturer.


You can rely on him: Georg Kresse entered the race for the most cited researchers as a fixed starter and was able to maintain his place.


It is a rare treat that modellers articles are selected for cover stories. “Nature Review Materials” made "Polarons in materials" a cover story in the...


In a "Science Advances" article, Guido Falk von Rudorff and Anatole von Lilienfeld have shown how the concept of 4-dimensional chirality allows to...


The enormous amount of data and knowlede accumulated on polaron effects in materials is shown in an "Nature" article by Cesare Francchini and Michele...


In a combined theoretical and experimental work Cesare Franchini and Matthias Meier in collaboration with the experimental Group lead by Gareth...