Renata M. Wentzcovitch

Renata Wentzcovitch is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics Department, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. Her research is devoted to computational quantum mechanical studies of materials at extreme conditions, especially planetary materials. She addresses electronic, structural, and vibrational properties from a fundamental and inter-related perspective.

Fields of Interest

Mineral physics with applications to geophysics (seismology and geodynamics) and geochemistry (water specification and isotope fractionation in minerals), materials discovery at (exo)planetary interior conditions, H2O-ice physics, properties of strongly correlated oxides and their crystalline defects, spin crossover systems, simulations methods development