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David Tománek

Professor, Emeritus
Condensed Matter Physics - Theoretical
Biomedical-Physical Sciences Bldg.
567 Wilson Rd., Room 4231
(517) 884-5637



1983: Ph.D., Freie Universität Berlin
1979: M.S., University of Basel, Switzerland

Selected Publications

David Teich, Zacharias G. Fthenakis, Gotthard Seifert, and David Tománek, Nanomechanical energy storage in twisted nanotube ropes, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 255501 (2012).

Yoshiyuki Miyamoto, Hong Zhang, and David Tománek, Photo-exfoliation of graphene from graphite: An ab initio study, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 208302 (2010).

Makoto Ashino, Roland Wiesendanger, Andrei N. Khlobystov, Savas Berber, and David Tománek, Revealing Sub-Surface Vibrational Modes by Atom-Resolved Damping Force Spectroscopy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 195503 (2009).

Yoshiyuki Miyamoto, Noboru Jinbo, Hisashi Nakamura, Angel Rubio, and David Tománek, Photodesorption of oxygen from carbon nanotubes, Phys. Rev. B 70, 233408 (2004).

Savas Berber, Young-Kyun Kwon, and David Tománek, Unusually High Thermal Conductivity of Carbon Nanotubes, Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 4613 (2000).

Andreas Thess, Roland Lee, Pavel Nikolaev, Hongjie Dai, Pierre Petit, Jerome Robert, Chunhui Xu, Young Hee Lee, Seong Gon Kim, Daniel T. Colbert, Gustavo Scuseria, David Tománek, John E. Fischer, and Richard E. Smalley, Crystalline ropes of metallic carbon nanotubes, Science 273, 483 (1996).

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Professional Activities & Interests / Biographical Information

My main current interest is to understand fundamental properties of nanostructured materials using advanced numerical techniques. My research has focussed on development and application of numerical techniques for structural, electronic, transport and optical properties of surfaces, low-dimensional systems and nanostructures. Computer simulations performed in my group addressed self-assembly and physical properties of fullerenes, nanotubes, nanowires, polymers, ferrofluids, metallic and magnetic clusters.

diagram Many of our calculations were and are being performed on cutting edge supercomputers, such as the Earth Simulator in Yokohama, Japan. This 40 TFlop massively parallel vector supercomputer was built at a cost of 500 million dollars and requires an annual maintenance fee of 50 million dollars. diagramSubstantial computational resources of typically several months CPU time on a large fraction of the vector processors have been made available by JAMSTEC and RIST in Japan for a collaborative effort to understand the stability of electronic nanostructured devices subject to electronic excitations and to study the mechanical stability of novel materials.