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.
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.
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 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
Postal address: P.O. Box 11100, FI-00076 AALTO, Finland
More about the Academy of Finland's Centres of Excellence
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