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
Williamson, Philip Undergraduate Student PHW17@pitt.edu
Yang, Timothy Graduate Student tty2@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

Philip Williamson

Undergraduate Student

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

Affiliation:

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
University of Pittsburgh

Timothy Yang

Graduate Student

tty2@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. "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)
  3. "Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysis Using N‑Doped Graphene Quantum-Dots," Wissam A. Saidi, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 4, 4160 (2013)
  4. "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)
  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. "Effects of CO2 Cover Gas and Yttrium Additions on the Oxidations of AlMg Alloys,"  N Smith, B Gleeson, W Saidi, A Kvithyld, and G Tranell.  Light Metals (2019)
  2. "Ultrafast Charge Transfer at CH2NH2Pbl2 and MoS2 Interface,"  W Saidi, Y Shi, and J Zhao.  APS Meeting Abstracts (2019)
  3. Equating Cu (111) Stepped Surface and Nanoparticle Oxidation Energetics: A Multiscale Computational Study,"  M Curnan, J Yang, and W SaidiAPS Meeting Abstracts (2019)
  4. "Is Defect Segregation Facile in the Grain Boundary of Methylammonium LEad Iodide?"  X He, W Saidi, and L Zhang.  APS Meeting Abstracts (2019)
  5. "Electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution Reaction of Supported Pt Nanoclusters on MoS2: Cluster Expansion Investigation,"  T Yang, T Tan, and W SaidiAPS Meeting Abstracts (2019)

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