The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation assigned to Dr. Stephan Roche the prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of Computational Nanosciences. Dr. Roche will be able to work for one year in Dresden in collaboration with Prof. Dr. G. Cuniberti, Prof. Dr. G. Seifert (Chemistry), and Prof. Dr. B. Buechner (IFW-Dresden) starting in April 2009.
Dr. Stephan Roche is a highly esteemed scientist in the field of Theoretical Nanosciences with broad international experience in studying quantum transport and computational modeling of low dimensional systems and complex materials. Professor Roche combines a broad variety of theoretical tools, allowing for the quantitative exploration of charge transport from the atomic to the mesoscopic scale. His scientific carrier took off at the CNRS in Grenoble (France); it continued at the Department of Applied Physics of Tokyo University in Japan and at the Department of Theoretical Physics at the University of Valladolid, Spain. In 2000, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at University Joseph-Fourier, and further joined the Institute of Nanosciences and Cryogenics at the CEA.
His research activities have yielded cutting-edge achievements in the fields of carbon nanotubes, DNA, 2D graphene, and semiconducting nanowires. Dr. Roche has leaded and coordinated the development of various real space order N approaches to tackle with the computation of transport properties in complex systems. These methodologies have been implemented to tight-binding, combined to ab initio methods or fully implemented at a first principles level, enabling unprecedented quantitative exploration of charge transport in realistic models of materials and devices at the core of Nanosciences and Nanotechnology.
Dr. Roche has authored or co-authored more than 80 papers, bringing key contributions and reviews in journals with high impact. He has given more than thirty keynotes and invited talks in International conferences such as Trends in Nanotechnology series (TNT), Nanotube NT series, APS march meeting, CARBON and ELECMOL conference series, and has been invited in prestigious places including Watson IBM Research Center (US), Cambridge University (England), Donostia International Physics Center (Spain), Taiwanese Center for Theoretical Physics, and several Universities in Japan (Tokyo University, TITECH, NEC, AIST, Nihon University). He has collaborated with leading groups in the field of Nanosciences including the University of Regensburg (Germany), the MIT, and Rice University (US), or the Tokyo University, and Tohoku University (Japan).
Dr. Roche has dedicated genuine effort to strengthen international collaborations in the field of Nanosciences by organizing several workshops and conferences. His strong belief in the benefits of an open exchange of scientific information is evidenced in his participation to the international GDRI-NanoI research network on "Graphene and Nanotubes", where he has been promoting the networking activities in the fields of transport, field emission and devices.
Dr. Roche is hosted at TU Dresden by Professor Gianaurelio Cuniberti, Institute for Materials Science and Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials, and Professor Gotthard Seifert, Institute for Physical Chemistry and at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden) by Professor Bernd Büchner. During his stay in Dresden, Dr. Roche will concentrate on investigating magnetotransport and quantum Hall effects in low dimensional 2D graphene, inelastic (electron-phonon mediated) charge transport in DNA and organic molecules, as well as the spintronic potential of carbon nanotubes and graphene-based devices.