Professor Bernholc received his PhD in 1977 from the University of Lund, Sweden, after spending parts of 1975 and 1976 at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in New York. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the IBM Watson Center 1978-80 and a Senior Physicist at Corporate Research Laboratories of Exxon Research and Engineering Company 1980-86. Bernholc joined NC State University in 1986 as an Associate Professor, became Full Professor in 1990 and Drexel Professor in 2000. In 2004, he formed the Center for High Performance Simulation (ChiPS) at NCSU, of which he is the first Director. Since 2002, he also serves as a Visiting Distinguished Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
Area(s) of Expertise
Prof. Bernholc is working in several subfields of theoretical condensed matter and materials physics. In the area of semiconductors, he has contributed significantly to the theory of defects and impurities, semiconductor surfaces and steps, and surface optical response. In the emerging field of fullerenes, contributions include predictions of fundamental properties of solid C60 soon after its discovery. For nanotubes, the primary growth modes were uncovered and their extreme strength-over 10 times greater than steel at one sixth the weight-was predicted through simulations. Another important area of research is new methodology for electronic structure calculations, using advanced mathematical techniques and harnessing the power of parallel computers. Current research focuses on nanoscale science and technology, nano and molecular electronics, energy storage mechanisms, the role of transition metals in human metabolism and diseases, and algorithms and methodology of high-performance scalable parallel computing.
Prof. Bernholc has co-authored over 250 papers and 220 invited talks at conferences, edited three books, and has given over 80 seminars and colloquia at Universities and Research Centers. Illustrations from his work appeared on the covers of Physics Today, Physics World, Science, Science News, and Science and Engineering Indicators.
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- Ab initio simulations of metal contacts for graphene-based devices , Journal of Applied Physics (2022)
- Curly-Packed Structure Polymers for High-Temperature Capacitive Energy Storage , Chemistry of Materials (2022)
- Local manifestations of thickness-dependent topology and edge states in the topological magnet MnBi2Te4 , PHYSICAL REVIEW B (2022)
- Relaxor ferroelectric polymer exhibits ultrahigh electromechanical coupling at low electric field , SCIENCE (2022)
- High-entropy polymer produces a giant electrocaloric effect at low fields , NATURE (2021)
- High-temperature polymers with record-high breakdown strength enabled by rationally designed chain-packing behavior in blends , MATTER (2021)
- Morphology-induced dielectric enhancement in polymer nanocomposites , NANOSCALE (2021)
- On-surface cyclodehydrogenation reaction pathway determined by selective molecular deuterations , CHEMICAL SCIENCE (2021)
- Study of Anharmonicity in Zirconium Hydrides Using Inelastic Neutron Scattering and Ab-Initio Computer Modeling , INORGANICS (2021)
- Chirality-induced relaxor properties in ferroelectric polymers , Nature Materials (2020)
Honors and Awards
- 2011 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
- 2011 Materials Research Society Fellow
- 2011 Outstanding Referee, American Physical Society
- 2003 Jesse Beams Award for Outstanding Research, Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society
- 2002- Marquis Who's Who in the World
- 2003 Chair, Division of Computational Physics, APS, 2003. (Vice Chair, 2001, Chair Elect, 2002, Past Chair, 2004)
- 2001- Marquis Who's Who in America
- 1997 Finalist, Computerworld Smithsonian Science Award
- 1996 Creativity extension for FY97 and 98
- 1993 Nominee for Computerworld Smithsonian Technology Leadership Award for Breakthrough Computational Science
- 1992 Alumni Outstanding Research Award
- 1991 Fellow, American Physical Society
- 1982- American Men and Women of Science
- 1979 "Outstanding Innovation Award" for work on "Electronic Structure of Point Defects in Solids," IBM Research Division
- 1978 The King Oscar the IInd Award, Sweden
- 1972 Lund Mathematical Society Award, Sweden