The Neaton Group


We are a multidisciplinary theory and computation group working at the intersection of physics, chemistry, and materials science. We interact closely with experimental groups to guide and be inspired by studies of new materials and phenomena in the context of nanoscience and renewable energy applications, and to validate and further develop our understanding of condensed phase systems. More »


We are part of the Theory of Nanostructured Materials Facility of the Molecular Foundry, a DOE nanoscience center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Free access to our computational tools and expertise is available through the Molecular Foundry User Program.



Predicted adsorption behavior of small molecules at open-metal sites in MOF-74 variants provides insight into gas storage and separation properties of nanoporous materials.

Self-energy corrected DFT calculation of spin-dependent transport, within non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF) framework.

SrTiO3 may be engineered for more efficient absorption of solar energy.

Ligand choice can enhance carbon dioxide's ability to bind to MOFs by a factor of 2 to 3, yielding clues for making better carbon-capture systems.

Visualizing optical excitations in a pentacene crystal reveals a delocalized exciton wavefunction with charge transfer character.


2015 05 12


Welcome to Sinead Griffin, who recently joined our lab as postdoc!

2015 04 10


Long overdue update: Congratulations to Peter Doak, who finished his PhD at the end of last year, and now has a postdoc position at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Kyuho Lee accepted a position as Senior R&D Engineer at Synopsys in Mountain View. And a warm welcome to Linn Leppert who recently joined the Neaton group as postdoc!

2014 11 03


Congratulations to Josh Howe, who finished his PhD and is already off to Georgia Tech for a postdoc position. Zhiping Wang recently joined the Lester group on campus. All the best to you! We'll see you around.

And a warm welcome to our newest postdoc, Sebastian Reyes Lillo!

2014 08 12


Welcome to our new postdoc Ru Chen, and to Fabien Bruneval, who is visiting the group for one year.

2014 08 01


Sahar Sharifzadeh started her new job as assistant professor at Boston University. Best of luck, Sahar. We will miss you!

2014 07 21


Lots of changes in our group: A belated welcome to our new postdoc Jie Yu, and our summer students Stephanie Mack and David Gee. Aditi Krishnapriyan started grad school in Stanford, and Christian Günthner went back to Germany to finish his Master thesis. We wish you all the best!

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M. J. van Setten, F. Caruso, S. Sharifzadeh, X. Ren, M. Scheffler, F. Liu, J. Lischner, L. Lin, J. R. Deslippe, S. G. Louie, C. Yang, F. Weigend, J. B. Neaton, F. Evers, and P. Rinke, "GW 100: Benchmarking G0W0 for molecular systems," J. Chem. Theory Comput., Just Accepted Manuscript (2015). Abstract

49 JBN AdvMater

J. B. Neaton, "Multidisciplinary Science at the Molecular Foundry," Adv. Mater. 27, 5634–5636 (2015). Abstract

47 Zhou AEM

L. Zhou, Q. Yan, A. Shinde, D. Guevarra, P. F. Newhouse, N. Becerra-Stasiewicz, S. M. Chatman, J. A. Haber, J. B. Neaton, and J. M. Gregoire, "High Throughput Discovery of Solar Fuels Photoanodes in the CuO-V2O5 System," Adv. Energy Mater., Early View (2015). Abstract

S. Refaely-Abramson, M. Jain, S. Sharifzadeh, J. B. Neaton, and L. Kronik, "Solid-state optical absorption from optimally tuned time-dependent range-separated hybrid density functional theory," Phys. Rev. B 92, 081204(R) (2015). Abstract

45 Drisdell PCCP

W. S. Drisdell, R. Poloni, T. M. McDonald, T. A. Pascal, L. F. Wan, C. Das Pemmaraju, B. Vlaisavljevich, S. O. Odoh, J. B. Neaton, J. R. Long, D. Prendergast, and J. B. Kortright, "Probing the mechanism of CO2 capture in diamine-appended metal-organic frameworks using measured and simulated X-ray spectroscopy," Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17, 21448 (2015). Abstract

44 Schoop PRB

L. M. Schoop, L. S. Xie, R. Chen, Q. D. Gibson, S. H. Lapidus, I. Kimchi, M. Hirschberger, N. Haldolaarachchige, M. N. Ali, C. A. Belvin, T. Liang, J. B. Neaton, N. P. Ong, A. Vishwanath, and R. J. Cava, "Dirac metal to topological metal transition at a structural phase change in Au2Pb and prediction of Z2 topology for the superconductor," Phys. Rev. B 91, 214517  (2015). Abstract

43 Bruneval JCP

F. Bruneval, S. M. Hamed, and J. B. Neaton, "A systematic benchmark of the Bethe-Salpeter equation approach for low-lying optical excitations of small organic molecules," J. Chem. Phys. 142244101  (2015). Abstract

M. Kotiuga, P. Darancet, C. R. Arroyo, L. Venkataraman, and J. B. Neaton, "Adsorption-Induced Solvent-Based Electrostatic Gating of Charge Transport through Molecular Junctions," Nano Lett. 15, 4498 (2015). Abstract

M. Bernardi, J. Mustafa, J. B. Neaton, and S. G. Louie, "Theory and computation of hot carriers generated by surface plasmon polaritons in noble metals," Nature Commun. 6, 7044 (2015). Abstract

40 Lee AdvMater

J. S. Lee, B. Vlaisavljevich, D. K. Britt, C. M. Brown, M. Haranczyk, J. B. Neaton, B. Smit, J. R. Long, and W. L. Queen, "Understanding Small-Molecule Interactions in Metal–Organic Frameworks: Coupling Experiment with Theory," Adv. Mater. 27, 5785–5796 (2015). Abstract

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