COMP (2012-2017) was the Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence in Computational Nanoscience research. COMP consisted of eleven different research groups working on condensed matter and material physics. Our Centre spanned two departments at Aalto University -- the Department of Applied Physics and the Department of Chemistry -- and included the Department of Physics at Tampere University of Technology.

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About COMP

Eleven research groups at COMP (2012-2017) combined a variety of approaches and disciplines that focused on researching and understanding structures and systems at the atomic and molecular levels from a material physics perspective. This fascinating field comprises a rich variety of phenomena that constantly brings up surprises in the shape of new discoveries.

COMP Leadership and Research Groups

Director Päivi Törmä - Quantum Dynamics

Vice-Director Mikko Alava - Complex Systems and Materials

Martti Puska - Electronic Properties of Materials

Kari Laasonen - Computational Chemistry (Aalto CHEM)

Patrick Rinke - Computational Electronic Structure Theory

Olga Lopez Acevedo - Computational Soft and Molecular Matter

Jaakko Akola - Materials and Molecular Modelling (Tampere University of Technology)

Tapio Ala-Nissilä - Multiscale Statistical Physics

Mikko Möttönen - Quantum Computing and Devices

Ari Harju - Quantum Many-Body Physics

Adam Foster - Surfaces and Interfaces at the Nanoscale

COMP was strengthened by the following Academy of Finland Research Fellows:

Antti Puisto - Multiscale modeling of multiphase material rheology

Lasse Laurson - Materials modeling of dynamic processes

Exploring Unseen Worlds

The basic strategy of COMP (2012-2017) was to develop and apply cutting-edge theoretical and computational methods and the best available computing resources in attacking challenging problems in condensed-matter and materials physics. This includes modelling and simulation of wide classes of materials and related phenomena, ranging from novel semiconductors to biological and soft matter. The research interests range from electronic and structural properties of materials to their processing as well as to device and systems behavior.

COMP Research

The COMP Centre of Excellence strived at a multiscale approach to condensed-matter and materials research, ranging from the quantum world of ångströms and femtoseconds to macroscopic length and time scales. The research covered such areas as electronic structure and related properties, mesoscopic dynamics and transport, and the complex behavior of nonequilibrium and disordered systems. Of particular interest are the nanoworld phenomena, the understanding of which depends on predictive modelling and simulation.

In addition, the work carried out at COMP involved research into theoretical methods as well as simulation and computing techniques, such as algorithms, parallel and grid computing, and scientific visualisation.

COMP Seminars

COMP researchers shared their ongoing research at regular seminars by invited speakers and given by our researchers. In 2016, our PhD and postdoctoral researchers met in Aalto's Energy Garage for discussions about being a researcher and sharing skills with one another. In May 2015, May 2016 and October 2017, all COMP groups met and presented their current research in all-day seminars. Our Scientific Advisory Board also visited in May 2016 for a review of our hard work and an assessment to boost our future. In October 2017, we hosted our final Scientific Advisory Board meeting to close out the Centre of Excellence.

COMP Scientific Advisory Board

COMP's excellence was supported by Scientific Advisory Board members Prof. Erio Tosatti (SISSA and ICTP) and Prof. Stephan Roche, ICREA.

Contact information

COMP 2012-2017

Acad. Prof. Päivi Törmä

COMP 2012-2017

Prof. Mikko Alava

COMP 2012-2017

Dr. Heidi Henrickson

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HR Coordinator:
Pekka Järvinen
Stefan Ehrstedt

Project Controller:
Marika Linja

Travel, Conferences, and
Visitors Secretary
Eija Järvinen

Postal address: P.O. Box 11100, FI-00076 AALTO, Finland

More about the Academy of Finland's Centres of Excellence

You can learn more about the Academy of Finland's programmes, see the Centres of Excellence: Spearheading Science web page.




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