Valentino R Cooper

Group Leader, Condensed Matter Theory Group

Dr. Valentino R. Cooper is the Group Leader for the Condensed Matter Theory group in the Materials Sciences and Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his Ph. D from the Chemistry Department at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Prior to joining ORNL in 2008, he was a post-doctoral associate in the Physics Department of Rutgers University. His research focuses on electronic structure methods for understanding dispersion interactions and in the prediction of functional materials including piezoelectrics and ferroelectrics. Dr. Cooper is a 2013 recipient of the Department of Energy Early Career award. Home page: www.mcclean-cooper.com/valentino.

Professional Experience:

  • Jan. 2019 - present:  Group Leader, Condensed Matter Theory Group, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Jan. 2017 - present:  Senior R. & D. Staff Member, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Feb. 2017 - present:   Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Physics, American Institute of Physics
  • May 2017 - Dec. 2018:  Team Lead for Theory Integration and Development, Materials Theory Group, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Jan. 2012 - Jan. 2017:  R. & D. Staff Member, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Sept. 2008 - Jan. 2012:  R. & D. Associate, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Education/Training:

  • Post-doctoral Associate: Rutgers University (2005-2008)
  • Ph. D.: University of Pennsylvania (2005)
  • B.A.: Vassar College (2000) Cum laude en materias

Awards

DOE Early Career Award (2013)
European Physics Letters Best of 2011: Euro. Phys. Lett. 94, 37006 (2011)
IBM/ACS Graduate Student Award in Computational Chemistry - "The effects of oxygen vacancies on the hydration of alumina" (2002)