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Postdoctoral Fellow
Theory of Nanostructured Materials Facility
Molecular Foundry
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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2008 Ph.D., Physics, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France. 
Supervisors: Didier Mayou and Valerio Olevano . 
2005 M. Sc., Physics, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France. 
2005 M. Sc., Materials Science & Engineering, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Toulouse, France.

I am currently a member of the Foundry's Theory group working under the supervision of Jeffrey B. Neaton.

Research Interests

My primary research goals are directed toward theoretical understanding and first-principles modeling of electronic structure and energy transport at nanoscale interfaces. Ultimately, I seek to develop the intuition relating the fundamental rules governing the photovoltaic effect at the nanoscale to their consequences on material and device design for new generation solar cells, fuel cells, and batteries.

Presently, I am pursuing the development and implementation of novel ab initio methods in the field of electronic structure and quantum transport; and their application to the understanding of single molecule junctions. These studies are done in close collaboration with experimentalists in the group of Latha Venkataraman at Columbia University.

While my attention has mainly focused on interfaces at the atomic scale, I am also interested in the complex interplay between local chemistry and mesoscopic patterns resulting from wave-like electronic transport in mesoscopic systems such as graphene.

My research has been funded by, and done in collaboration with, the Solar Energy Research Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

More details on my recent research and publications can be found here.


  1. Sahar Sharifzadeh, Isaac Tamblyn, Peter Doak, Pierre Darancet, and Jeffrey B. Neaton, "Quantitative Molecular Orbital Energies within a G0W0 Approximation", Submitted (2012).
  2. Pierre Darancet, Jonathan R. Widawsky, Hyoung Joon Choi, Latha Venkataraman, and Jeffrey B. Neaton, "Current-Voltage Characteristics in Molecular-Scale Junctions from First-Principles", Submitted (2012).
  3. Jonathan R. Widawsky, Pierre Darancet, Jeffrey B. Neaton, and LathaVenkataraman, "Simultaneous Determination of Conductance and Thermopower of Single Molecule Junctions", Nano Letters, 12, 354−358, (2012). link
  4. Isaac Tamblyn, Pierre Darancet, Su Ying Quek, Stanimir Bonev, and Jeffrey B. Neaton, "Electronic energy level alignment at metal-molecule interfaces with a GW approach", Phys. Rev. B, 84, 201402(R) (2011). link
  5. Shannon K. Yee, Jibin Sun, Pierre Darancet, T. Don Tilley, Arun Majumdar, Jeffrey B. Neaton, and Rachel A. Segalman "Inverse Rectification in Donor-Acceptor Molecular Heterojunctions", ACS Nano, 5, 9256 (2011). link
  6. Pierre Darancet, Valerio Olevano, and Didier Mayou, "Quantum transport through resistive nanocontacts: Effective one-dimensional theory and conductance formulas for nonballistic leads", Phys. Rev. B 81, 155422 (2010). link
  7. Pierre Darancet, Valerio Olevano, and Didier Mayou, "Coherent Electronic Transport through Graphene Constrictions: Subwavelength Regime and Optical Analogy", Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 136803 (2009). link
  8. Pierre Darancet, Nicolas Wipf, Claire Berger, Walt A. de Heer, and Didier Mayou, "Quenching of the Quantum Hall Effect in Multilayered Epitaxial Graphene: The Role of Undoped Planes ", Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 116806 (2008). link
  9. Pierre Darancet, Andrea Ferretti, Didier Mayou, and Valerio Olevano, "Ab initio GW electron-electron interaction effects in quantum transport", Phys. Rev. B 75, 075102 (2007). link
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