Vladan Mlinar Assistant Professor of Engineering (Research)

Vladan received his Ph.D. from the University of Antwerp (Antwerp, Belgium) in 2007, and was a visiting researcher at the Technische Universitat Berlin (Berlin, Germany) in 2005. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Colorado, USA) during 2007-2009, a researcher at the University of Colorado (Colorado, USA) during 2009-2010, and led research in computational nanoscience at the Research Institute for Advanced Materials Design (Colorado, USA). He joined the School of Engineering at Brown in 2011.

Vladan's research interests include theoretical and computational nanoscience, design of nanomaterials, and devices for energy and quantum information applications.

research overview

My research focuses on (i) the development of theoretical and computational methodologies for understanding electronic structure and charge carrier transport in semiconducting, metallic, and graphene nanostructures, and (ii) discovering novel nanomaterials that could potentially lead to game-changing technologies. I combine quantum-mechanical models and search/machine-learning algorithms to enable deliberate design of nanostructures with target physical properties by searching large spaces of materials and geometries in a sophisticated, a priori, targeted manner.