Wissam A. Saidi

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Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, University of Pittsburgh
PhD, Ohio State University, 2003
Summary:

The overarching goals of our research is to develop and use multiscale simulation tools to understand, predict, and design novel materials for applications in energy conversion and storage, surfaces and interfaces, spectroscopy, and nanoparticles. Our group has extensive expertise in different levels of theories in computational materials design that span a wide range of accuracy levels and length scales, including force-field, density-functional theory, quantum Monte Carlo and quantum chemistry methods.

Specific Research Directions:

  1. Solar Cells
  2. Novel two Dimensional Materials: Graphene and Beyond
  3. Innovative Materials for Electrocatalysis
  4. Metal Oxidation
  5. Surfaces and Interfaces
  6. Ferroelectric Materials
  7. Raman Spectroscopy
  8. Van der Waals interactions
Students
Namesort descending Position Email
Curnan, Matthew Postdoctoral Fellow m.t.curnan@gmail.com
He, Zilong Undergraduate Student ZIH6@pitt.edu
Huang, Zihao Undergraduate Student zih4@pitt.edu
Timothy, Yang Graduate Student tty2@pitt.edu
Williamson, Philip Undergraduate Student PHW17@pitt.edu

Matthew Curnan

Postdoctoral Fellow

m.t.curnan@gmail.com
538F Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15261

Affiliation:

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
University of Pittsburgh

Zilong He

Undergraduate Student

ZIH6@pitt.edu
538F Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15261

Affiliation:

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
University of Pittsburgh

Zihao Huang

Undergraduate Student

zih4@pitt.edu
538F Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15261

Affiliation:

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
University of Pittsburgh

Yang Timothy

Graduate Student

tty2@pitt.edu
538F Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15261

Affiliation:

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
University of Pittsburgh

Philip Williamson

Undergraduate Student

PHW17@pitt.edu
538F Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15261

Affiliation:

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
University of Pittsburgh
Most Cited Publications
  1. "Adsorption of Polyvinylpyrrolidone on Ag Surfaces: Insight into a Structure-Directing Agent," W. A. Al-Saidi, Haijun Feng, and Kristen A. Fichthorn, Nano Lett.,12, 997 (2012)
  2. "Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysis Using N‑Doped Graphene Quantum-Dots," Wissam A. Saidi, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 4, 4160 (2013)
  3. "An Assessment of the vdW-TS Method for Extended Systems," W. A. Al-Saidi, Vamsee K. Voora, and Kenneth D. Jordan, J. Chem. Theory Comput., 8, 1503 (2012)
  4. "CO2 adsorption on TiO2(101) anatase: A dispersion-corrected density functional theory study," Dan C. Sorescu, Wissam A. Al-Saidi, and Kenneth D. Jordan, The Journal of Chemical Physics 135, 124701 (2011)
  5. "Assessment of the performance of common density functional methods for describing the interaction energies of clusters," F.-F. Wang, G. Jenness, W. A. Al-Saidi, and K. D. Jordan, The Journal of Chemical Physics 132, 134303 (2010)
Recent Publications
  1. "Correlative Structure-Bonding and Stability Studies of Pt/γ-Al2O3 Catalysts," Henry O. Ayoola, Qing Zhu, Cecile S. Bonifacio, Matthew P. McCann, Matthew T. Curnan, Stephen D. House, Joshua Kas, John J. Rehr, Eric A. Stach, Wissam A. Saidi, and Judith C. Yang, Microscopy and Microanalysis, 24, 1644 (2018)
  2. "Probing Dynamic Processes of the Initial Stages of Cu(100) Surface Oxidation by in situ Environmental TEM and Multiscale Simulations," Meng Li, Matthew T. Curnan, Hao Chi, Xinyu Li, Graeme Henkelman, Wissam A. Saidi and Judith C. Yang, Microscopy and Microanalysis, 24, 262 (2018)
  3. "Segregation induced order-disorder transition in Cu(Au) surface alloys," Lianfeng ZouWissam A. SaidiYinkai LeiZhenyu LiuJonathan LiLiang LiQing ZhuDmitri ZakharovEric A. StachJudith C. YangGuofeng WangGuangwen Zhou, Acta Materialia, 154, 220 (2018)
  4. "Tuning Solvated Electrons by Polar−Nonpolar Oxide Heterostructure," Yanan Wang, Hongli Guo, Qijing Zheng, Wissam A. Saidi, and Jin Zhao, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 9, 3049 (2018)
  5. "Experimentally Validated Structures of Supported Metal Nanoclusters on MoS2," Yongliang Shi, Boao Song, Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, Jin Zhao, and Wissam A. SaidiJ. Phys. Chem. Lett., 9, 2972 (2018)

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