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David Bowler

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MANA Principal Investigator (PI)


Educational & Research History

2015 - Present
Professor of Physics, UCL
2006 - 2015
Reader in Physics, UCL
2002 - 2006
Lecturer in Physics, UCL
2001 - 2009
Royal Society University Research Fellow, UCL
1999 - 2001
EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Physics, UCL
1997 - 1999
Research Fellow, Keele University and UCL

Research History

David Bowler is Professor of Physics at UCL (University College London) and PI in the London Centre for Nanotechnology. He has published over 140 papers and co-authored the graduate textbook, “Atomistic Computer Simulations” (Wiley-VCH, 2013). He is the co-director of the CONQUEST large-scale DFT code, which was recently released under an open source licence (https://www.order-n.org/). He has been a leading figure in the linear scaling density functional theory (DFT) field for over twenty years. Alongside his work in development, he has worked closely with experimental groups throughout his career, publishing over one third of his papers in collaborations. He has concentrated on semiconductor surfaces and nanostructures, as well as the charge density wave in TiSe2, a layered material. He has been an invited professor in the University of Bordeaux (2012-2013) and a visiting scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge (2017-2018).

Selected Papers

  1. Large scale and linear scaling DFT with the CONQUEST code
    A. Nakata and J. S. Baker and S. Y. Mujahed and J. T. L. Poulton and S. Arapan and J. Lin and Z. Raza and S. Yadav and L. Truflandier and T. Miyazaki and D. R. Bowler
    J. Chem. Phys. 152 164112 (2020)
  2. Towards surface diffusion potential mapping on atomic length scale
    R. Villarreal and C. J. Kirkham and A. Scarfato and D. R. Bowler and C. Renner
    Journal of Applied Physics 125 184301 (2019)
  3. Local Real-Space View of the Achiral 1T−TiSe2 2×2×2 Charge Density Wave
    A. M. Novello and M. Spera and A. Scarfato and A. Ubaldini and E. Giannini and D. R. Bowler and C. Renner
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 118 017002 (2017)
  4. Stripe and Short Range Order in the Charge Density Wave of 1T−CuxTiSe2
    A. M. Novello and M. Spera and A. Scarfato and A. Ubaldini and E. Giannini and D. R. Bowler and C. Renner
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 118 017002 (2017)
  5. Optimized multi-site local orbitals in the large-scale DFT program CONQUEST
    A. Nakata and D. Bowler and T. Miyazaki
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17 31427 (2015)
  6. Stable and Efficient Linear Scaling First-Principles Molecular Dynamics for 10000+ Atoms
    M. Arita and D. R. Bowler and T. Miyazaki
    J. Chem. Theory Comput. 10 5419 (2014)
  7. Scalable Patterning of One-Dimensional Dangling Bond Rows on Hydrogenated Si(001)
    F. Bianco and D. R. Bowler and J. H. G. Owen and S. A. Koster and M. Longobardi and C. Renner
    ACS Nano 7 4422--4428 (2013)
  8. Quantum engineering at the silicon surface using dangling bonds
    S. R. Schofield and P. Studer and C. F. Hirjibehedin and N. J. Curson and G. Aeppli and D. R. Bowler
    Nat. Comms. 4 1649 (2013)
  9. Chemical accuracy for the van der Waals density functional
    J. Klimes and D. R. Bowler and A. Michaelides
    J. Phys. Condens. Matter 22 022201 (5pp) (2010)
  10. Stress Relief as the Driving Force for Self-Assembled Bi Nanolines
    J. H. G. Owen and K. Miki and H. Koh and H. W. Yeom and D. R. Bowler
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 88 226104 (2002)