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December 14, 2022

Jacobs selected as a rising star in computational materials science

Written By: Courtney Vafiadis


Ryan Jacobs
Ryan Jacobs

Ryan Jacobs, a staff scientist in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been selected as a rising star by the editors of the journal Computational Materials Science.

The award recognizes the accomplishments and promise of researchers in the early stages of their independent careers and draws international attention to their work. The honor includes publication of the submitted paper in a virtual special issue of the journal, a $2000 prize and an invitation to join the editorial board of Computational Materials Science.

Jacob’s research focuses on using atomistic modeling, data science and machine learning methods to understand the structure and properties of materials at the atomic scale. This allows for the discovery and design of novel material compounds for specific technological applications. In particular, he is interested in developing materials for energy technologies, like fuel cells, batteries, and solar photovoltaics as well metals and oxides used as electron emission cathodes.