James R. Chelikowsky

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James R. Chelikowsky
Born Manhattan, Kansas
Alma mater Kansas State University (BS 1970)
University of California, Berkeley (PhD 1975)
Scientific career
Fields Condensed Matter Physics
Doctoral advisor Marvin L. Cohen

James R. Chelikowsky is a professor of physics, chemical engineering, chemistry and biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the director of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences' Center for Computational Materials. He holds the W.A. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr. Chair of Computational Materials.[1]


Chelikowsky is best known for his research on the optical and dielectric properties of semiconductors, surface and interfacial phenomena in solids, point and extended defects in electronic materials, pressure-induced amorphization in silicates and disordered systems, clusters and confined systems, diffusion and microstructure of liquids, and the development of high performance algorithms to predict the properties of materials.[2]

His current research interests include quantum models for functionalized nanostructures, simulations of liquids and crystal growth, simulated images from probe microscopies, defects in oxides, materials informatics and high performance algorithms for the electronic structure problem.[3]

He has published over 340 papers, including five monographs,[4] and has an h-index of 78.

He earned his BS degree, Summa Cum Laude, in physics from Kansas State University in 1970, a PhD in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975. He performed postdoctoral work at Bell Laboratories from 1976-1978 and was an assistant professor at the University of Oregon from 1978-1980. From 1980-1987 he worked at Exxon Research and Engineering Corporate Research Science Laboratories, where he served as group head in theoretical physics and chemistry. In 1987 Chelikowsky became a professor at the University of Minnesota within the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. He was named an Institute of Technology Distinguished Professor at Minnesota in 2001. He assumed his current position as the W.A. "Tex" Moncrief, Jr. Chair of Computational Materials and professor in the Departments of Physics, Chemical Engineering, and Chemistry and Biochemistry in January 2005.[5]

He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society. He was also named an outstanding referee for the American Physical Society, a lifetime award.[6]

Honors and awards[edit]


  • Electronic Structure and optical Properties of Semiconductors, with Marvin L. Cohen, Springer, 2012
  • Quantum Theory of Real Materials, with Steven G. Louie, Springer, 2011
  • Electronic Materials: A New Era in Materials Science, with Alfonso Franciosi, Springer, 2011
  • Introduction to the Quantum Theory of Atoms Molecules and Clusters, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2011
  • The Optical Properties of Materials: Volume 579 (MRS Proceedings), with Eric L. Shirley, Steven G. Louie and Gerard Martinez, 2000
  • Electronic Structure and Optical Properties of Semiconductors, with Marvin L. Cohen, Springer, 1989
  • Quantum Theory of Real Materials, with Steven G. Louie, Springer, 1996


  1. ^ "Profile - Regent W. A. Moncrief". Utsystem.edu. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "James Chelikowsky | ICES | U.T. Austin". Ices.utexas.edu. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Research". Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "James R. Chelikowsky - Google Scholar Citations". Scholar.google.com. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "2006 David Adler Lectureship Award in the Field of Materials Physics Recipient". American Physical Society. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jim Chelikowsky". UT Physics. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Fellows". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "James R. Chelikowsky: 2001 Turnbull Lecturer". Materials Research Society. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics". American Physical Society. Retrieved 29 August 2013.