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  • Renata M. Wentzcovitch

    Professor (Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science)

    • Chemical Physics, Electronic and structural properties of condensed matter systems
    • B.S. University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1980
    • M.S. University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1982
    • Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 1988
    Office: 231 Amundson Hall, 421 Washington Ave SE

Principal Research Interests

Research in the group is devoted to quantum mechanical studies of materials. The first principles methodologies we use and develop are based on Density Functional Theory (DFT) and Pseudopotentials (PP). These theoretical methods rely only on knowledge of the fundamental constants and atomic numbers. Yet, they are predictive beyond the current limits of many experiments. This is particularly true of matter subjected to extremely high pressures and temperatures such as those encountered in planetary interiors. 

Mailing Address

  • Renata M. Wentzcovitch, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry
  • CEMS (delivery code 0531), 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431