Materials Science

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Assist. Prof. Dr. Layla Martin-samos Col

Laboratory for Environmental and Life Sciences
University of Nova Gorica


Education and Professional Qualifications: 1993 Spanish Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate at the Heidelberg Schule (Las Palmas de G.C., Spain), 1993-2001 Degree in Physics in the Valencia University (Spain), 2001 Experimental Stage: “study of visco-elasticity in a liquid crystal (C12EO6)”. Laboratoire de Physique du Solide (France). Supervisor: P.Pieranski, 2001-2004 PhD in material science: “First-principles study on self-defects and self-diffusion in a silica glass”. Université de Cergy-Pontoise in collaboration with CEA-Saclay/Service de Recherche de Métallurgie Physique (France). Mark: très honorable avec felicitations du jury. Supervisors: M. Héritier and Y. Limoge.

Research Interest

umerical simulation in material science: empirical potential molecular dynamics, saddle point search (Nudged Elastic Band method), ground-states first-principles calculations within DFT (plane waves and localized atomic orbitals), electronic excitations GW and Bethe-Salpeter Equation. Diffusion in glasses: glass structure, energetic of point defects, saddle point search, diffusion models. Optical excitations on organic and in-organic semiconductors: quasi-particle band calculations, excitons within Bethe-Salpeter Equation. Material Modeling Software: SIESTA, Quantum ESPRESSO, SaX Software development: SaX, SaX is an open source project, born to give an accurate description of electronic and optical properties of solids, including one dimensional systems and surfaces. Quantum ESPRESSO,, QE is an open source suite of codes for electronic structure calculations and materials modeling at the nanoscale.

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