Center for Materials Theory


The Center for Materials Theory is an association of Temple University faculty with a common interest in materials theory or density functional theory. The center also organizes materials theory seminars by speakers from outside Temple, including Mark R. Pederson, "DFT-based Modeling of Molecular Magnets and Transport Phenomena," and Kieron Burke, "Density Functional Theory: A Great Success Story."

DFT impact

Elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2011, John Perdew’s work on density functional theory has made him one of the world’s most cited physicists. Perdew has five co-authored works among the 11 most-cited physics papers published 1981-2010, and two among the 100 most-cited scholarly articles of all time. Other center members include Michael L. Klein, CST Dean and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Science; and CST faculty members Peter Riseborough, Xifan Wu, Adrienn Ruzsinszky and Jianwei Sun. The center's international member is Gabor I. Csonka, Budapest University of Technology and Economics.


John P. Perdew
TMI, Director
Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physics and Chemistry