Dr. Joseph Bennett has been awarded an NSF XSEDE Research Allocation on 2 of the fastest supercomputers in the U.S. His proposal entitled “Atomistic Insights into Safer Water and Cleaner Energy from Density Functional Theory” has been allocated 127,000 hours on Bridges-2 at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and 216,000 hours on Comet at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) to be used starting January 2021.
The proposal details studies to continue two projects in his group here at UMBC, both of which actively involve undergraduate researchers. The first project gauges the likelihood of new materials to be able to generate or store energy as stable photovoltaics and capacitors, and the second project combines first-principles calculations and experiments to compute the thermodynamics of Pb mineral surface transformations in water. Allocation of these resources represents a considerable investment by the NSF in advanced computing infrastructure for the U.S. XSEDE is an NSF-funded virtual organization that provides users access to high-performance computing and data resources, serving as the foundation for a national digital ecosystem. For more information, click on XSEDE.