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Dr Gruning's main research interests are in the development and application of first-principles approaches to the electronic and optical properties of materials.

She is one of the core developers of the Yambo and is collaborating in the development of
which both are codes for many-body calculations in solid state.

Regarding the applications
of the theory and codes, she is currently working on the nonlinear optical properties of nanostructures and on the engineering of the band offset in heterojunctions.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • The development and applications of first-principles approaches to electronic and optical properties of materials


  • Developer of the Yambo code
  • Research team leader and member of the steering committee of the European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility
  • Research funded through the UK EPSRC and the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland


Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

School of Mathematics and Physics


Research students

PhD title: Si-Compatible, Strain Engineered Staggered Gap Ge(Sn)/InGaAs Nanoscale Tunnel Field Effect Transistors

Name: João Abreu
Years of Study: 2016-2019
Country: Portugal


Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Ryan McMillan

PhD title: Ab-initio modelling of photoinduced electron dynamicsin nanostructures

Years of Study: 2013 - 2017
Country: Northern Ireland
Current position: Data Scientist at Philips/PathXL (Developing convolutional neural network algorithms for cancer detection in digital tissue sides) 





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