Van de Walle
Computational Materials Group

Materials Department
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5050
Phone: (805) 893-7144

Professional experience

Ph. D. E. E., Stanford University, 1986.

Postdoctoral Scientist, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York (1986-1988).

Senior Member of Research Staff, Philips Laboratories, Briarcliff Manor, New York (1988-1991).

Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, New York (1991).

Principal Scientist/Senior Member/Member of Research Staff, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Palo Alto, California (1991-2004 ).

Alexander von Humboldt US Senior Scientist at the Fritz-Haber-Institut and the Paul-Drude-Institut, Berlin, Germany (May-October 1999).

Professor, Materials Department, University of California, Santa Barbara (2004-).

Herbert Kroemer Chair in Materials Science, University of California, Santa Barbara (2013-).

Distinguished Professor, Materials Department, University of California, Santa Barbara (2015-).


Elected to National Academy of Engineering, 2016

Bardeen Award, TMS, 2014

Medard W. Welch Award, AVS, 2013

David Adler Award, American Physical Society, 2002

PARC Excellence Award, 2003
PARC Golden Acorn Award, 2002

Humboldt Research Award for Senior US Scientist, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, 1998

Conference chair:

  • Co-Chair, ICMR Workshop on `Ab-initio description of charged systems and solid/liquid interfaces for semiconductors and electrochemistry', Santa Barbara, July 7-11, 2014
  • Co-Chair, CECAM Workshop on 'Which electronic structure method for the study of defects?', EPFL, Lausanne, June 8-10, 2009
  • Organizer, International Symposium on Materials Issues in Hydrogen Production and Storage, 2006
  • Program Chair, 27th International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors (ICPS-27), 2004
  • Gordon Conference on Point and Line Defects in Semiconductors, 1998
  • 23rd Conference on Physics and Chemistry of Semiconductor Interfaces (PCSI), 1996
  • 7th Trieste Semiconductor Symposium: Wide-Band-Gap Semiconductors, 1992

APS Division of Computational Physics: Vice-Chair, 2015-2016; Chair-Elect, 2016-2017; Chair, 2017-2018.

Fellow of the IEEE, 2011

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011

Fellow of the Materials Research Society

Fellow of the AVS

Fellow of the American Physical Society

Member of the Editorial Board, Physical Review Letters, 1996-1999

Associate Editor, Journal of Electronic Materials, 2011-

Publications and presentations

Over 400 scientific publications. Publication list at
24 U.S. patents; several patents pending.
160 Invited and Plenary Presentations at International Conferences and Schools.  Numerous invited seminars at universities and industrial or government laboratories.

Web of Science [February 2017]: h-index: 80, 29,200 citations.  6 publications with over 1000 citations, 67 publications with over 100 citations.

Included in the 2014 "Highly Cited Researchers" list (


Research interests:

  • Novel electronic materials; wide-band-gap semiconductors (III-V nitrides, II-VI compounds, …), oxides.
  • Physics and chemistry of hydrogen interactions with solids, liquids, and molecular systems.
  • Hydrogen in materials: storage, production (photoelectrochemical cells).
  • Computational physics. Density-functional theory, pseudopotentials.  Atomic and electronic structure of crystalline, polycrystalline and amorphous materials, interfaces, surfaces, defects.
  • Semiconductor heterojunctions and superlattices; effects of strain; deformation potentials.  Metal-semiconductor interfaces, Schottky barriers.
  • Defects and impurities in solids, doping, diffusion.  Calculation of hyperfine parameters and vibrational modes.
  • Device simulations; optical gain in laser structures; loss mechanisms in light emitters.

CV (pdf)

Publications (pdf)


Theory of Hydrogen-Related Levels in Semiconductors and Oxides (IEDM 2005)

Oxides as Seminiconductors


International Symposium on Materials Issues in Hydrogen Production and Storage

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