Maximilian Amsler
Theoretical physicist with postdoctoral research experience
Profile
  • Developed,  implemented and employed novel computational methods and algorithms for the prediction, discovery and characterization of advanced energy materials.
  • Initiated and carried out international collaborations, with researchers from France, Germany, Japan, Iran, India and the USA.

Complete list of publications can be found here or on google scholar.

Experience

2017 - now

Postdoctoral Appointment
Cornell University, USA
  • Quantum Monte Carlo methods in materials science
  • High-pressure materials chemistry

2015 - 2017

Postdoctoral Appointment
Northwestern University, USA
  • Computational discovery and design of thermoelectric materials
  • Investigation of high-pressure intermetallics in ambient-immiscible systems
  • Discovery of novel superconducting materials and materials for metal ion batteries

2012 - 2015

Postdoctoral Appointment
Basel University, Switzerland
  • Development of advanced sampling method for materials prediction
  • Prediction of hydrides for hydrogen storage and advanced materials for photovoltaic
    applications
Education

2012

PhD in Theoretical Physics
Basel University, Switzerland

Thesis title: “Crystal Structure Prediction Based on Density Functional Theory”
With highest honor (summa cum laude)

2009

Master of Science in Physics
Basel University, Switzerland

Grade: 6.0/6.0

2007

Bachelor of Science in Physics
Basel University, Switzerland

Grade: 5.5/6.0

Invited Talks

10/2017

“Structure Predictions with the Minima Hopping Method” at the “Materials Science & Technology Conference” in Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2/2017

“Computational Approaches to Materials for Energy Applications” at the “TMS
2017 146 th Annual Meeting and Exhibition” in San Diego, CA, USA

6/2016

“Materials Genome and Structure Optimization: Theory and Application of Structural
Optimization via Minima Hopping” at the “ES 2016 Workshop” in Albuquerque,
NM, USA

12/2015

“Computational Discovery of Materials” at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie
Institution of Washington, DC, USA

5/2014

“Designing Materials with the Minima Hopping Method” at the “20th Annual IASBS
Meeting on Condensed Matter Physics” in Zanjan, Iran

1/2014

“Ab Initio Structure Prediction with the Minima Hopping Method” at the “Interna-
tional workshop on computational physics and materials science (“Total energy and
force methods”) in Lausanne, Switzerland

4/2013

“Novel Structural Motifs in Alanates” at the “6th International ABINIT Developer
Workshop” in Dinard, France

12/2012

“Structural Prediction” at the workshop “2nd Lyon School on Ab Initio Methods”
in Lyon, France

Additionally, over 20 attended conferences with contributed talks and poster presentations (details available upon request)

Awards

$ 25K

Extended Research Grant
from the Swiss National Science Foundation

Improved Methods for Theoretical Materials Design – High-Pressure Materials

$ 125K

Research Grant
from the Swiss National Science Foundation

Improved Methods for Theoretical Materials Design

$ 80K

Research Grant
Novartis Universität Basel Excellence Scholarship for Life Sciences

Structure Prediction of Molecular Crystals

9 Mio CPU hrs.

Compute Resource Award
from the Swiss National Computing Center (CSCS)

Discovery of Energy Materials Through Large-Scale Lattice Dynamics

2 Mio CPU hrs.

Compute Resource Award
from the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE)

Materials Discovery Through Data Driven Structural Search and Heusler Nanostructures for Energy Applications

0.7 Mio CPU hrs.

Compute Resource Award
from the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE)

Development and application of advanced electronic structure methods in materials chemistry