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David J. Roundy

Associate Professor
Department of Physics

David J. Roundy

Associate Professor
Department of Physics

Background

Education

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2001, Physics

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1995, Physics and Chemistry

Research

The Roundy research group studies the properties of condensed matter systems including liquid water, superconductors and nanotubes using first-principles computational methods. Currently, we are focusing on the creation of a classical density functional to describe water and application of this approach to aqueous interfaces and systems in aqueous solution. My second research emphasis has been in the development of computational physics laboratory courses and understanding student learning of thermodynamics. In addition to our Physics research, we have also occasionally taken a jaunt into the world of Computer Science. In particular, we are have used the pure functional language Haskell to solve interesting problems, in particular involving the darcs revision control system.