CDAC Academic Partners


Dana Dlott

Dana Dlott is the William H. and Janet G. Lycan Research Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has served on the faculty at Illinois since 1979. He is a charter member of the group of CDAC Academic Partners, having joined at the Center’s inception in 2003. Professor Dlott’s research focuses on the dynamical behavior of molecules in condensed phases, on surfaces and at interfaces, and the evolution of molecular structure under dynamic compression.



Susannah Dorfman

Susannah Dorfman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Michigan State University. Professor Dorfman studies the behavior of minerals at the pressures and temperatures of Earth’s mantle using the laser-heated diamond anvil cell along with spectroscopic and diffraction techniques. Her interests are in the effects of deep Earth conditions on phase equilibria, physical properties and structures of silicates and carbonates. Professor Dorfman was a participant in the CDAC program while a graduate student at Princeton University.



Elif Ertekin

Elif Ertekin is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois. Her research focuses on computational modeling of nanoscale mechanical properties, energy storage and conversion, and defect-property relationships. Her group uses a wide variety of computation techniques for the study of materials, including molecular dynamics, density-functional and Monte Carlo methods. Professor Ertekin joined the group of CDAC Academic Partners in 2018 and is the newest member of the Center.



Brent Fultz

Brent Fultz is the CDAC Academic Partner from Caltech. He received his undergraduate degree from MIT and his Ph.D. from U. C. Berkeley in 1982. He was a Presidential Young Investigator, and received an IBM Faculty Development Award, a Jacob Wallenberg Scholarship, and won the TMS EMPMD Distinguished Scientist Award in 2010. Brent Fultz has been…



Toshiko Ichiye

Toshiko Ichiye is the CDAC Academic Partner from Georgetwon University. Her research involves theoretical studies of biological macromolecules and other condensed matter systems at a molecular level. She is interested in problems such as how the structure of a given protein promotes its biological function and how solvent influences structure and…



Steven Jacobsen

Steve Jacobsen is the CDAC Academic Partner from Northwestern University. He is a mineralogist specializing in experimental mineral physics, which applies atomic-scale structure and physical properties of materials to understand global-scale processes in solid-Earth geophysics and geochemistry, planetary science, as well as high-pressure physical…



Raymond Jeanloz

Raymond Jeanloz is a CDAC Academic Partner from the University of California – Berkeley. He and his group study the nature and evolution of planetary interiors, as well as the properties of materials at high pressures. Much of their work is based on experiments with laser-heated diamond-anvil cells, and they also pursue shock-wave experiments and…



Maik Lang

Maik Lang is the CDAC partner from the University of Tennessee. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. Maik received his Ph.D. in 2004 from th University of Heidelberg in Germany. Before coming to Tennessee, he was an Assistant Research Scientist.



Lowell Miyagi

Lowell Miyagi is the CDAC Academic Partner from the University of Utah. He is a former CDAC supported graduate student from the University of California – Berkeley. His research focuses on the development of crystallographic preferred orientation during deposition, crystal growth, deformation, phase transformations, and recrystallization and the…



Eva Zurek

Eva Zurek is the CDAC Academic Partner from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Her research group studies the electronic structure, properties, and reactivity of molecules, nanosystems, and solids – whether they be inorganic or organic – using the computational approaches of quantum chemistry, and band structure methods….


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