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Noa Marom

Carnegie Mellon University
Materials Science & Engineering
Ph.D., Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, 2010

Noa Marom received her B.A. in Physics and her B.S. in Materials Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. From 2002 to 2004 she worked as an Application Engineer in the Process Development and Control Division of Applied Materials. She  then pursued and received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science and was awarded the Shimon Reich Memorial Prize of Excellence for her thesis. After a postdoc at the University of Texas at Austin, she moved toTulane University as an became an Assistant Professor before joining the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University in 2016.


Computational Materials Science
The goal of our research is to computationally design materials with desired properties for target applications.
Through the portal of computer simulations we gain access to the vast configuration space of materials structure and composition. We can explore the uncharted territories of materials that have not been synthesized yet and predict their properties from first principles, based solely on the knowledge of their elemental composition and the laws of quantum mechanics.
To navigate the configuration space we use genetic algorithms, steered to the most promising regions by the evolutionary principle of survival of the fittest. We develop a massively parallel genetic algorithm code, GAtor, and run it on some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. We apply our methods to study functional nano-structured interfaces in organic and hybrid solar cells, molecular crystals, layered materials, and cluster-based nanocatalysts.


Title Position Email
Manny Bier Graduate Student
Shengjie Fu Graduate Student
Siyu Gao Graduate Student
Alfred Liu Graduate Student
Xingyu Liu Graduate Student
Hilda Mera Graduate Student
Harriet O'Brien Undergraduate Student
Dana O'Connor Graduate Student
Tim Rose Graduate Student
Rithwik Tom Graduate Student
Xiaopeng Wang Postdoctoral Fellow
Wen Wen Graduate Student
Sunny Yang Graduate Student
Maituo Yu Graduate Student
Most Cited Publications

"Stacking and registry effects in layered materials: the case of hexagonal boron nitride." Noa Marom, Jonathan Bernstein, Jonathan Garel, Alexandre Tkatchenko, Ernesto Joselevich, Leeor Kronik, Oded Hod. Physical review letters.
"Dispersion interactions with density-functional theory: Benchmarking semi-empirical and inter-atomic pair-wise corrected density functionals." Noa Marom, Alexandre Tkatchenko, Mariana Rossi, Vivekanand V Gobre, Oded Hod, Matthias Scheffler, Leeor Kronik. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation.
"Report on the sixth blind test of organic crystal structure prediction methods." Anthony M Reilly, Richard I Cooper, Claire S Adjiman, Saswata Bhattacharya, A Daniel Boese, Jan Gerit Brandenburg, Peter J Bygrave, Rita Bylsma, Josh E Campbell, Roberto Car, David H Case, Renu Chadha, Jason C Cole, Katherine Cosburn, Herma M Cuppen, Farren Curtis, Graeme M Day, Robert A DiStasio Jr, Alexander Dzyabchenko, Bouke P Van Eijck, Dennis M Elking, Joost A Van Den Ende, Julio C Facelli, Marta B Ferraro, Laszlo Fusti-Molnar, C-A Gatsiou, Thomas S Gee, René De Gelder, Luca M Ghiringhelli, Hitoshi Goto, Stefan Grimme, Rui Guo, Detlef WM Hofmann, Johannes Hoja, Rebecca K Hylton, Luca Iuzzolino, Wojciech Jankiewicz, Daniël T De Jong, John Kendrick, Niek JJ De Klerk, H-Y Ko, Liudmila N Kuleshova, Xiayue Li, Sanjaya Lohani, Frank JJ Leusen, Albert M Lund, Jian Lv, Yanming Ma, Noa Marom, Artëm E Masunov, Patrick McCabe, David P McMahon, Hugo Meekes, Michael P Metz, Alston J Misquitta, Sharmarke Mohamed, Bartomeu Monserrat, Richard J Needs, Marcus A Neumann, Jonas Nyman, Shigeaki Obata, Harald Oberhofer, Artem R Oganov, Anita M Orendt, Gabriel I Pagola, Constantinos C Pantelides, Chris J Pickard, Rafal Podeszwa, Louise S Price, Sarah L Price, Angeles Pulido, Murray G Read, Karsten Reuter, Elia Schneider, Christoph Schober, Gregory P Shields, Pawanpreet Singh, Isaac J Sugden, Krzysztof Szalewicz, Christopher R Taylor, Alexandre Tkatchenko, Mark E Tuckerman, Francesca Vacarro, Manolis Vasileiadis, Alvaro Vazquez-Mayagoitia, Leslie Vogt, Yanchao Wang, Rona E Watson, Gilles A De Wijs, Jack Yang, Qiang Zhu, Colin R Groom. Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials.
"Electronic structure of copper phthalocyanine: A comparative density functional theory study." Noa Marom, Oded Hod, Gustavo E Scuseria, Leeor Kronik. The Journal of chemical physics.
"Benchmark of G W methods for azabenzenes." Noa Marom, Fabio Caruso, Xinguo Ren, Oliver T Hofmann, Thomas Körzdörfer, James R Chelikowsky, Angel Rubio, Matthias Scheffler, Patrick Rinke. Physical Review B.

Recent Publications

"Genarris 2.0: A Random Structure Generator for Molecular Crystals." Rithwik Tom, Timothy Rose, Imanuel Bier, Harriet O'Brien, Alvaro Vazquez-Mayagoitia, Noa Marom. arXiv preprint arXiv:1909.10629.
"Anomalous pressure dependence of the electronic properties of molecular crystals explained by changes in intermolecular electronic coupling." Maituo Yu, Xiaopeng Wang, Xiong-Fei Du, Christian Kunkel, Taylor M Garcia, Stephen Monaco, Bohdan Schatschneider, Harald Oberhofer, Noa Marom. Synthetic Metals.
"Phenylated Acene Derivatives as Candidates for Intermolecular Singlet Fission." Xiaopeng Wang, Xingyu Liu, Rithwik Tom, Cameron Cook, Bohdan Schatschneider, Noa Marom. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C.
"Structure searching methods: general discussion." Matthew Addicoat, Claire S Adjiman, Mihails Arhangelskis, Gregory JO Beran, Jan Gerit Brandenburg, Doris E Braun, Virginia Burger, Asbjoern Burow, Christopher Collins, Andrew Cooper, Graeme M Day, Volker L Deringer, Matthew S Dyer, Alan Hare, Kim E Jelfs, Julian Keupp, Stefanos Konstantinopoulos, Yi Li, Yanming Ma, Noa Marom, David McKay, Caroline Mellot-Draznieks, Sharmarke Mohamed, Marcus Neumann, Sten Nilsson Lill, Jonas Nyman, Artem R Oganov, Sarah L Price, Susan Reutzel-Edens, Michael Ruggiero, German Sastre, Rochus Schmid, Julia Schmidt, J Christian Schön, Peter Spackman, Seiji Tsuzuki, Scott M Woodley, Shiyue Yang, Qiang Zhu. Faraday discussions.
"Crystal structure evaluation: calculating relative stabilities and other criteria: general discussion." Matthew Addicoat, Claire S Adjiman, Mihails Arhangelskis, Gregory JO Beran, David Bowskill, Jan Gerit Brandenburg, Doris E Braun, Virginia Burger, Jason Cole, Aurora J Cruz-Cabeza, Graeme M Day, Volker L Deringer, Rui Guo, Alan Hare, Julian Helfferich, Johannes Hoja, Luca Iuzzolino, Samuel Jobbins, Noa Marom, David McKay, John BO Mitchell, Sharmarke Mohamed, Marcus Neumann, Sten Nilsson Lill, Jonas Nyman, Artem R Oganov, Pablo Piaggi, Sarah L Price, Susan Reutzel-Edens, Ivo Rietveld, Michael Ruggiero, Matthew R Ryder, German Sastre, J Christian Schön, Christopher Taylor, Alexandre Tkatchenko, Seiji Tsuzuki, Joost Van Den Ende, Scott M Woodley, Grahame Woollam, Qiang Zhu. Faraday discussions.