Vincent Crespi

Vincent Crespi
  • Distinguished Professor of Physics, Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry
326 Davey Lab
(814) 863-0163

Academic Training

Ph.D. Physics, University of California, Berkeley (1994)


Our research is best described as materials theory, broadly defined. We use a variety of techniques chosen to suit the problem at hand, ranging from first-principles density functional theory to dynamical mean field theory, empirical interatomic potentials, photonic bandstructures or effective continuum theories such as Landau-Ginzburg. Often, our work is computationally intensive, but sometimes just a pencil and paper is enough. Yikes! I'm on video- see a brief interview in Naples on properties of carbon nanotubes.