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Young Scientist Prize 2017

Glen Evenbly, Phd
University of Sherbrooke, Canada

Glen Evenbly was awarded the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Computational Physics 2017 for his exceptional work in the development of simulation algorithms for quantum many-body systems using the tensor network formalism. After studying physics in Auckland (New Zealand), Glen finished his PhD in 2010 in Brisbane (Australia). Afterwards, he was awarded the Sherman-Fairchild Prize Postdoctoral Scholarship in Theoretical Physics at California Institute of Technology working as a postdoc in Professor John Preskill’s group, before joining the group of Professor Steven White at the University of California Irvine as an assistant project scientist. Glen then joined the faculty at the University of Sherbrooke, Canada, in 2016 as an assistant professor.

His research activities focus on the development of tensor network methods, in particular he has made significant contributions to the multi-scale entanglement renormalization ansatz (MERA) and its application to the study of many-body systems at criticality, as well as in the proposal of new tensor network algorithms for the coarse-graining of partition functions and Euclidean path integrals.


Commission on Computational Physics (C20) Young Scientist Prize 2017 nominations due 31 December 2016

The deadline for the nominations of the C20 2017 Young Scientist Prize in Computational Physics is 31 December 2016.

Nominations should be sent to Professor Hai-Qing Lin. Please click here for submission details.

Young Scientist Prize Winners


Dr. Jianwei Sun

Jianwei Sun

Jianwei Sun received his Ph.D in physics from Tulane University in 2010 and did his postdoc work there till 2013. He then moved to the College of Science and Technology at Temple University as a Research Assistant Professor of Physics (promoted to Research Associate Professor of Physics in 2015). He moved to the University of Texas at El Paso as an Assistant Professor on July 2016. Jianwei Sun has been working on the development of density functional theory (DFT) and its applications for more than 10 years. He has designed several efficient and accurate nonempirical functionals that are drastically different from old seminal work and stimulating the rethinking and reconstruction of the old seminal work. The recently developed SCAN density functional is potentially useful throughout materials science, condensed matter physics, chemistry, and biology.


Dr. Wei-Min Wang

Wei-Min Wang

After his Bachelor, Dr. Wei-Min Wang has been working on theoretical and numerical-simulation investigation on laser plasma physics, which is applied to advanced schemes of inertial confined fusion, laser-plasma based particle accelerators, and novel radiation sources from terahertz to gamma-rays. Dr. Wang got his Master from Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, Beijing, China in 2006. He got his PhD from Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China in 2009 and then he became an Assistant research scientist in the institute immediately after graduation. In this year he won the S. T. Tsai award for excellent PhD thesis in plasma physics in China. In 2012, he became an Associate Research Scientist in Institute of Physics, CAS. He was an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow at Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Germany in 2014 and 2015, and a visiting scholar at Utsunomiya University, Japan in 2010 and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK in 2008.


Dr. Mathieu Salanne

C20 - YSP 2014 - Mathieu Salanne

Dr. Mathieu graduated in 2004 from Chimie ParisTech and obtained his Ph.D. in 2006 from Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris), on the topic of modelling of molten salts for generation 4 nuclear reactors. This work was performed in strong collaboration with Pr. Paul Madden at the University of Oxford.

After a post-doc at Paris Sud university he joined the PHENIX laboratory (http://www.phenix.cnrs.fr/?lang=en) as an associate professor in 2007, where he now heads the Electrochemistry and Ionic Liquids group. His main activities concern the modelling of ionic liquids and materials for energy applications. In particular, he elucidated the charging mechanism of realistic nanoporous carbon based supercapacitors using constant applied potential molecular dynamics simulations. Since 2014 he also holds a chair in computational physics at the Maison de la Simulation (http://www.maisondelasimulation.fr/en/index.php), which is devoted to the computer design of supercapacitor materials.