The Université de Liège (ULIEGE) is one of the three main Universities of the French part of Belgium. It is a public institution created in 1817. It is made of 10 faculties, 45 teaching departments, 55 research units. It includes 3500 professors and researchers and 24.500 students (5.900 foreigners). The University qualifies for ECTS, DS and HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) labels and acknowledgement granted by the European Commission, which guarantees the quality of the training and administrative support given to exchange bachelors, master’s students, PhD-candidates and Post-doc researchers. ULiège is recognized by the Times Ranking as industry oriented: the institution plays an important role as a developer of activities with high added value and in providing dynamism to technological centres by linking business companies and public operators. It created a large number of spin-off companies emerging from its laboratories.
The ULIEGE node comprises researchers from the group of Theoretical Materials Physics (www.phythema.ULIEGE.ac.be), which belongs to the Research Unit “CESAM” (Complex and Entangled Systems from Atoms to Materials, www.cesam.ulige.be) gathering together about 140 researchers from the Physics and Chemistry Departments of the University of Liège. The group of Theoretical Materials Physics (10-15 researchers) was created in 1999 by Prof. Philippe Ghosez and is active in the atomic-scale modelling of the properties of materials using first-principles techniques based on density functional theory. The group, on the one hand, develops first-principles tools and, on the other hand, uses them to explore the materials properties at the atomic scale with the purposes of elucidating their microscopic origin and exploiting the acquired knowledge in order to realize the design of bulk compounds and artificial nanostructures with optimized properties. The activities of the group are centred on various phenomena including ferroelectricity, magnetism, multiferroism or phase transitions (structural, electronic, magnetic). They concern distinct classes of compounds but with a recurrent and specific interest for complex oxides and the exotic phenomena taking place at their interfaces in nanostructures. The group of Theoretical Materials Physics is used to collaborate closely with experimentalists, including some of the partners of TSAR.
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