I was born and raised in Uberlandia, Brazil. I studied Physics and Mathematics at the Federal University of Uberlandia, Brazil, and I did my PhD in Physics in the Sao Carlos Institute of Physics at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Afterwards, I spent nearly 4 years as an Assistant Professor of Physics at the Federal University of Alfenas, Brazil, and I held researcher positions at the University of California-Davis, USA, University of Chicago, USA, and University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. In August 2019 I was appointed Lecturer in Physics in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Keele University, England.

Research and scholarship

My research focuses on theoretical study and computational simulations of materials for technological applications. I use first-principles quantum mechanical methods based on density-functional theory and many-body perturbation theory to investigate the electronic, magnetic, optical and transport properties of different systems, from molecules to two-dimensional (2D) materials and surfaces. My goal is to gain deep understanding of properties, processes and phenomena on atomic level in order to predict and design materials for spintronics, optoelectronics, sensors, catalysis, and energy conversion. I work in close collaboration with experimentalists joining efforts to explore novel materials and discover new properties. My research interests include (i) 2D materials and van der Waals heterostructures for flexible and portable applications, (ii) hybrid organic/inorganic materials for optoelectronic applications, (iii) transition metal oxide and nitride semiconductors for solar water splitting, and (iv) nanomaterials for spintronics.

For further information see the personal webpage of Dr Juliana Morbec


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