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News Icon May 31, 2017

Ethan presents his work at the 2017 Simulators Meeting at Carnegie Mellon University.

News Icon January 31, 2017

Nicole presents an invited talk at the Workshop on Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectrics and Related Materials in Williamsburg, Virginia.

News Icon August 31, 2016

Ethan passes his A-exam and is admitted to PhD candidacy. Congrats!

News Icon August 24, 2016

The group welcomes new student, Dana Havas.

News Icon August 2, 2016

Our paper with the Hayward group on controlling octahedral rotations in Ruddlesden-Popper phases through A-site cation order appears in Inorganic Chemistry.

News Icon June 16, 2016

The group receives an XSEDE award of 3.2 million service units of compute time on the San Diego Supercomputing Center’s Comet cluster!

News Icon March 17, 2016

Nicole presents an invited talk in the all-invited session “Recent Computational Advances in the Understanding of Complex Oxides” at the American Physical Society March Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

News Icon January 25, 2016

Nicole is recognized as a 2016 Emerging Investigator by the Journal of Materials Chemistry C.

News Icon January 15, 2016

Our paper on ‘ferroelectric’ metals is accepted for publication in Journal of Materials Chemistry C.

News Icon December 16, 2015

A paper on non-centrosymmetric Dion-Jacobson phases from the Mallouk and Gopalan groups at Penn State, to which we contributed, is accepted for publication in Advanced Functional Materials. This paper verifies predictions made by us in an earlier paper on Dion-Jacobson phases.

News Icon December 11, 2015

Nicole presents an invited talk at the workshop on Recent Advances in Materials Physics in Windsor, UK.

News Icon December 10, 2015

Nicole presents an invited seminar in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory at the University of Oxford, UK.

News Icon November 9, 2015

Nicole presents an invited seminar in the “Women Leaders in Physics and Engineering” series at Tulane University.

News Icon October 13, 2015

Nicole presents an invited seminar in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Houston.

News Icon July 1, 2015

Nicole has taken up a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University.

News Icon May 23, 2015

Nicole presents an invited talk at the North American Solid-State Chemistry Conference in Tallahassee, Florida.

News Icon March 26, 2015

Nicole presents an invited seminar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

News Icon March 24, 2015

Xinyu’s paper on ionic transport in nickelate Ruddlesden-Popper phases is accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials.

News Icon March 16, 2015

Nicole presents an invited seminar in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT.

News Icon February 6, 2015

Our invited Perspective article on ferroelectricity in layered perovskites is accepted for publication in Dalton Transactions.

News Icon January 8, 2015

Nicole receives a CAREER award from the Condensed Matter and Materials Theory program of the National Science Foundation!

News Icon October 1, 2014

The Benedek Group welcomes undergraduate researcher Zach Levine.

News Icon August 25, 2014

Nicole presents two tutorials on exploring phase transitions with first-principles calculations at the Summer School on Computational Tools for Functional Oxide Materials at the International Center for Materials Research, UC Santa Barbara.

News Icon July 28, 2014

Nicole presents a poster on her work on Dion-Jacobson phases at the Gordon Research Conference on Solid-State Chemistry in New London, New Hampshire.

News Icon June 27, 2014

Nicole is awarded a Big XII Faculty Fellowship.

News Icon June 9, 2014

Nicole presents an invited seminar at Carnegie Mellon University and Aqyan and Alex attend the CMU Simulators’ Meeting, where Aqyan presents his work on the lattice dynamics/thermal transport properties of complex oxides.

News Icon March 28, 2014

Our paper on the origin of ferroelectricity in the Dion-Jacobson phases appears as an ASAP article in Inorganic Chemistry. Thanks for the tweet!

News Icon March 26, 2014

Nicole is invited to write a Viewpoint for the APS journal Physics explaining a recent advance in ferroelectric materials from the Rabe and Vanderbilt groups at Rutgers.

News Icon March 20, 2014

The Call for Papers for the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting Frontiers in Complex Oxides symposium has been released. Nicole is Lead Organizer.

News Icon March 19, 2014

Our paper on the origin of ferroelectricity in the Dion-Jacobson phases is accepted for publication in Inorganic Chemistry.

News Icon March 3, 2014

Nicole attends the American Physical Society March Meeting in Denver as Lead Organizer of the Focus Topic on Dielectric, Ferroelectric and Piezoelectric Oxides and gives a contributed talk on ferroelectricity in the Dion-Jacobson phases.

News Icon February 5, 2014

Nicole gives an invited talk on design rules for ionic transport in complex oxides at a workshop on Information Science for Materials Discovery and Design in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The workshop was organized by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Center for Nonlinear Studies.

News Icon December 5, 2013

Nicole attends the APS Sorters Meeting as Lead Organizer for the Focus Topic on Dielectric, Piezoelectric, and Ferroelectric Oxides. Thanks to co-organizer Roman Engel-Herbert for help with the sorting.

News Icon November 25, 2013

Nicole contributes to an article in the December issue of the Bulletin of the American Ceramic Society on Accelerating Functional Materials Discovery. The article is one of the products of an NSF-DMR workshop held earlier this year on The Materials Genome Initiative in Ceramics, Geosciences and Solid-State Chemistry.

News Icon November 13, 2013

Nicole gives an invited seminar at Penn State University.

News Icon October 22, 2013

Lots of new publications, including one in Nature!

News Icon October 15, 2013

Nicole presents an invited talk at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

News Icon September 24, 2013

Nicole is once again Lead Organizer for the Focus Topic on Dielectric, Ferroelectric and Piezoelectric Oxides for next year’s APS March Meeting (with Stanislav Kamba and Roman Engel-Herbert) and Lead Organizer for a symposium on complex oxides for the MRS Fall Meeting 2014 (with Jonathan Spanier, Gustau Catalan and Jon Baniecki).

News Icon September 1, 2013

The Benedek Group welcomes Alex Miller and Aqyan Bhatti as new Ph.D. students!

News Icon July 4, 2013

Our Feature Article on “Why are there so few perovskite ferroelectrics?” appears in the the latest issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. See our cover image here.

News Icon June 12, 2013

An ‘animated abstract’ accompanies our latest paper. Watch it here on the Cockrell School’s YouTube channel.

News Icon May 30, 2013

Our paper with a collaborator at Cornell on the why there are so few perovskite ferroelectrics is accepted for publication as an invited Feature Article in the Jounral of Physical Chemistry C. We have the cover of the July issue!

News Icon May 22, 2013

Nicole talks to visiting students from the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.

News Icon April 10, 2013

Nicole is awarded a grant from The Welch Foundation to study lone-pair effects in perovskites and perovskite-related materials.

News Icon March 23, 2013

Check out our app for calculating tolerance factors using the bond valence model under the Tools tab! Works on iPhone and Android.

News Icon March 18, 2013

The Benedek Group attends the March Meeting of the American Physical Society in Baltimore. Nicole gives a contributed talk, “Why are there so few perovskite ferroelectrics?”

News Icon March 14, 2013

Our paper, with collaborators at Cornell and Drexel, on design rules for new double perovskite and Ruddlesden-Popper ferroelectrics accepted for publication in Advanced Functional Materials.

News Icon February 21, 2013

Nicole gives an invited talk at an NSF-DMR workshop on The Materials Genome Initiative in Ceramics, Geosciences and Solid-State Chemistry.

News Icon December 6, 2012

Nicole attends the APS Sorters’ Meeting as lead organizer for the Focus Topic on Dielectric, Ferroelectric and Piezoelectric Oxides. Thanks to Albina Borisevich for her help with the sorting!

News Icon November 30, 2012

Nicole presents a lunchtime talk on her research to students from the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.

News Icon October 4, 2012

Nicole presents a seminar in the Center for Nano- and Molecular Sciences at UT Austin.

News Icon September 24, 2012

Nicole presents a seminar at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

News Icon August 20, 2012

The Theory and Simulation of Materials Group is formed. The Benedek Group welcomes Xinyu Li as a graduate student.