It was a good week to be Giulia Galli, Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering at the Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) and professor of chemistry at the University of Chicago and a senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL).
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, Galli was notified that she would be receiving the 2018 Materials Theory Award from the Materials Research Society, followed on Wednesday by a notice from the American Physical Society that she had been chosen for the 2019 David Adler Lectureship Award in the Field of Materials Physics.
“It’s a great feeling to have your work recognized” said Galli. “And to receive the notifications one right after the other, especially from such prestigious organizations, really made my week.”
Galli develops and uses theoretical and computational methods to understand, predict and engineer the properties of complex materials. Her lab investigates solids, liquids, and nanostructures in addition to physical and chemical processes relevant to solar and thermal energy conversion, water resources, and quantum information technologies. Galli also directs the Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials (MICCoM) that develops and disseminates interoperable open source software, data, and validation procedures, enabling the prediction of functional materials properties.
“Giulia has made significant advances in our understanding of matter at the molecular level and her computational models have enabled the application of knowledge gained from one system to others,“ said Matthew Tirrell, dean and founding Pritzker director of IME. “It comes as no surprise that her work was recognized by her peers not once, but twice.”
The Materials Theory Award recognizes “the development of advanced first-principles simulation methods and their application to the understanding, prediction, and design of complex nanostructured materials." Galli will receive the award at the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit, which will take place November 25-30 in Boston.
The David Adler lectureship award “recognizes an outstanding contributor to the field of materials physics, who is noted for the quality of his/her research, review articles, and lecturing.” Galli will receive this honor and present a talk at the March 2019 APS meeting.