Andrew Teale awarded ERC Consolidator Grant - congratulations!
A topological approach to electron correlation in density-functional theories.
The ERC Consolidator Grant scheme aims to support the very best and creative mid-career independent researchers in Europe via 5-year funding to pursue ground-breaking frontier research. We congratulate!
Density-functional theory (DFT) is the most widely used method to study the electronic structure of complex molecules, solids, and materials, and is used across chemistry, solid-state physics and materials science. However, many important areas remain inaccessible to DFT simulations, including applications to strongly correlated materials and systems in electromagnetic fields. The topDFT project will deliver new conceptual approaches to design the next generation of density-functional methods.
Andy will use this award to extended his research group at The University of Nottinham, working on the development of new theoretical approaches. The work will exploit the topology of the electron density to develop new approaches and the implementation of these methods will be carried out in computer programs to allow the accurate simulation of molecular and solid-state systems that cannot presently be treated reliably with density-functional methods.
After obtaining his PhD at University of Durham under the supervision of Prof David Tozer, Andy Teale worked at the CTCC from 2007 to 2011, the last two years as a researcher on Trygve Helgaker's ERC project ABACUS. In 2012, Teale moved to the University of Nottingham, where be became Assistant Professor in 2016. Since then, Teale has held a 20% position in Oslo, first at the CTCC and now at the Hylleraas Centre. He is the second researcher at the ABACUS project to subsequently receive his own ERC project, after Dr. Simen Kvaal in 2014. In total, four members of the Hylleraas Centre have received ERC grants in theoretical chemistry.