Prof Jorge J. KOHANOFF

Jorge is the Principal investigator of ENACT. He is the director of the Atomistic Simulation Centre, at Queen’s University Belfast where holds the Chair of Computational Chemical Physics.

Jorge studied Physics at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) where he graduated in 1986, with an experimental dissertation on the thermal properties of cements. The work was carried out at and funded by the National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) of Argentina, where he worked until 1987 developing the first Scanning Tunnelling Microscope built in Argentina. He then moved to Italy to study for the degree of Master of Philosophy at the International School of Advanced Studies in Trieste (SISSA-ISSAS). This he accomplished in 1989 with a theoretical dissertation on the thermodynamic properties of reconstructed surfaces, under the supervision of Prof. Erio Tosatti.

Jorge obtained his PhD in 1993, from the ETHZ (Federal Institute of Technology Zürich), Switzerland while working at IBM Zurich Research Laboratory in Rüschlikon, under the supervision of Prof. Michele Parrinello and the formal supervision of Prof. T. Maurice Rice. He was post-doctoral fellow at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) of Lyon, France, under Prof Jean-Pierre Hansen (1993-1994) and Visiting Scientist at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy (1994-1999). In 1999, he was appointed lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast, where he was promoted to Reader in 2004 and to full professor in 2010.

One of Jorge’s main research interest is the modelling of the irradiation of materials, in particular radiation damage in biological systems, and materials for nuclear decommissioning and for the space industry. His other main interest is is materials and processes for sustainable energy production and utilization. This includes catalysis, mechanochemical synthesis, heat storage, solar cells, and thermoelectric materials. He is a member of the steering committee in two recent multidisciplinary research initiatives at QUB: the Centre for Interdisciplinary Radiation Research (CAIRR), and the Centre for Sustainable Energy.

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He overlooks all Work Packages and, research-wise, he is involved in all of them except for WP5.



School of Mathematics and Physics

Atomistic Simulation Centre

Queen's University Belfast

Belfast BT9 5HL

Tel.: +44 28 9097 6032