Volker Blum, Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Planck-Society, Germany
Title: How far can we push first principles predictions today? Accuracy, large-scale surface reconstructions and graphene on SiC

Volker Blum received his doctorate in physics at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg on surface crystallography of alloy surfaces in 2002. After a stay at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado (2002-2004, structure and thermodynamics of metallic alloys from first principles), he joined the Fritz Haber Institute (Berlin), where he is a research group leader today. His primary interest is the prediction, from quantum-mechanical first principles, of the structure, dynamics, electronic and vibrational properties of nanostructured molecules and surfaces. Where necessary, this work involves pushing out the computational limits of electronic structure theory in the context of the FHI-aims all-electron electronic structure code.