Frontiers in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics:
A Scientific Symposium in Honor of the 70th Birthday of Steven G. Louie
University Club, California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
Saturday, March 2, 2019

General Information

This is a one-day Scientific Symposium in honor of Professor Steven G. Louie’s 70th birthday. The Symposium will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the University of California, Berkeley, and focus on forefront research topics in the fields of condensed matter physics, materials science, computational physics, and nanoscience, to which Professor Louie has made lasting contributions. The Symposium will begin in the morning and consist of a full day of invited talks by renowned scientists around the world, as well as poster sessions, followed by dinner and discussion in the evening. We are expecting attendance of more than 150 scientists.

For questions or concerns, contact local organizers: Arica Chhay,, and Zhenglu Li,

Photo Gallery

A high-resolution photo is available here.


Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

Transportation & Parking

Courtesy shuttle transportation will be provided to and from the DoubleTree Berkeley Marina Hotel to the California Memorial Stadium. Morning pickup at the hotel is at 7:30 AM and evening pickup at the stadium is after dinner concludes, approximately 9:30-10 PM.

Parking is conveniently located next door to the California Memorial Stadium in the Stadium Parking Garage (2175 Gayley Rd, Berkeley, CA 94720).
The parking garage rates are as follows: Hourly: $4/hr | Daily: $15/up to 10 hrs, $25 up to 24 hrs | Evening/Weekend $25 max

Symposium Venue

The Symposium will be held at the University Club at California Memorial Stadium (2227 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94720), located on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley (Map). You can access through Piedmont Ave.

Organizing Committee

Li Yang, Jeffrey B. Neaton, Che Ting Chan, Jack R. Deslippe, Mark S. Hybertsen, Cheol-Hwan Park, Angel Rubio, David A. Strubbe, David Vanderbilt, Felipe H. da Jornada, Diana Y. Qiu, Zhenglu Li, Arica Chhay

Invited Speakers

Roberto Car (Princeton University)
Che Ting Chan (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong)
James R. Chelikowsky (The University of Texas at Austin)
Mei-Yin Chou (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
Michael F. Crommie (University of California at Berkeley)
Felipe H. da Jornada (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Jack Deslippe (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Giulia Galli (University of Chicago)
Tony F. Heinz (Stanford University)
Mark S. Hybertsen (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
Philip Kim (Harvard University)
Jeffrey B. Neaton (University of California at Berkeley)
Andrew M. Rappe (University of Pennsylvania)
Angel Rubio (Max Planck Institute, Germany)
Susumu Saito (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Matthias Scheffler (Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany)
Young-Woo Son (Korea Institute for Advanced Study, South Korea)
David Vanderbilt (Rutgers University)


The full program with abstracts is available here: Symposium program book.


Registration and Breakfast (8:00 – 8:30 AM)

Welcome Session

 8:30-8:40 AM Li Yang (Washington University in St. Louis)
Introduction Remarks/Logistics
 8:40-8:50 AM Michael S. Witherell (Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Welcoming Remarks

Scientific Session I – Interaction and Topological Effects in 1D and 2D Materials
Chair: Yves Pierre Petroff (Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory, Brazil)

8:50-9:10 AM Michael F. Crommie (University of California, Berkeley)
Using Topology to Engineer the Electronic Structure of Bottom-Up-Synthesized Graphene Nanoribbons
9:10-9:30 AM Che Ting Chan (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong)
Exploring Pseudospin-1 Physics Using Photonic Crystals
9:30-9:50 AM Tony F. Heinz (Stanford University)
To Be Announced
9:50-10:10 AM Felipe H. da Jornada (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Universal Dispersionless Plasmons in Quasi-Two-Dimensional Metals

Coffee Break and Symposium Photo (10:10-10:40 AM)

Scientific Session II – Methods Do Matter
Chair: Sokrates Pantelides (Vanderbilt University)

10:40-11:00 AM James R. Chelikowsky (University of Texas, Austin)
Physics for the Generations:  Steve Louie’s Contributions in the 1970’s
11:00-11:20 AM Mark S. Hybertsen (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
From the Band-Gap Problem in Semiconductors to a Canonical Tool for Materials Theory
11:20-11:40 AM Angel Rubio (Max Planck Institute, Germany)
Quantum Electrodynamical Density Functional Theory (QEDFT): Towards New States of Matter
11:40-12:00 PM Matthias Scheffler (Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany)
Modeling Materials Properties by Artificial Intelligence and Density-Functional Theory
12:00-12:20 PM Jack R. Deslippe (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Exascale and Beyond: Challenges and Opportunities for the Materials Science Community


Lunch and Poster Session (12:20-1:40 PM)
Lunch and Poster Session is in the Stadium Club (4th floor), below the University Club (8th floor).

Scientific Session III – Hetereostructures and Interfaces
Chair: Zhi-Xun Shen (Stanford University)

1:40-2:00 PM Philip Kim (Harvard University)
Characterization of Atomic Scale Lattice Reconstruction in Twisted van der Waals Interfaces of Layered Materials
2:00-2:20 PM Young-Woo Son (Korea Institute for Advanced Study, South Korea)
Novel States in Stacked Two-Dimensional Crystals
2:20-2:40 PM Jeffrey B. Neaton (University of California at Berkeley)
Photophysics of Point Defects in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides
2:40-3:00 PM Giulia Galli (University of Chicago)
On Giant’s Shoulders: Some Progress in Understanding Excited State Properties of Heterogeneous Materials
3:00-3:20 PM Mei-Yin Chou (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
Topics of Two-Dimensional Materials and their Heterostructures

Coffee Break (3:20-3:50 PM)

Scientific Session IV – New Insights to Liquids and Solids
Chair: Fu-Chun Zhang (University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

3:50-4:10 PM Roberto Car (Princeton University)
Dielectric Properties of Water from Deep Molecular Dynamics
4:10-4:30 PM David Vanderbilt (Rutgers University)
From Two-Phonon Bound States to Dynamic Rashba Splitting
4:30-4:50 PM Andrew M. Rappe (University of Pennsylvania)
Theory and Modeling of Correlated Ionic and Electronic Motions in Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites
4:50-5:10 PM Susumu Saito (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Accurate Theory of Donors and Acceptors in Semiconductors: GW Approximation Versus Density Functional Approach

Note: All science talks are 15 minutes of presentation + 5 minutes of discussion


Refreshment and Poster Session (5:30-6:30 PM)
Refreshment and Poster Session is in the Stadium Club (4th floor).

Dinner and Short Talks (6:30-10:00 PM)
Dinner is in the University Club (8th floor).
Five-minute talks by:
Marvin L. Cohen, Stephen Fahy, Jeffrey B. Neaton, Diana Y. Qiu, Thomas Roitman, Alex Zettl.