Visiting Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Metallurgy and Materials Science Engineer, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, 1988
PhD Materials Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1991
Room 13-5056


(617) 253-1581


(617) 258-6534


  • Computational Materials Science
  • Energy Storage
  • Nanotechnology
  • Thermodynamics


Professor Ceder's group specializes in designing and understanding advanced materials by means of computational modeling and experimental research. By combining theoretical and experimental efforts in one group, the effectiveness of both is enhanced. First principles computations, whereby the properties of materials are predicted from basic physics, has become one of the most powerful tools in Materials Research and Design. This group develops these tools and applies them to technologically relevant problems, often in collaboration with key industrial or government partners. Materials phenomena include: phase stability and cohesion in solids, diffusion, interaction of matter with radiation, and phase transformation. Applications have included: high temperature superconductors, electrodes for rechargeable batteries, and high temperature alloys. The environment is highly multidisplinary, containing students with a range of backgrounds making use of cutting edge techniques from such fields as materials science, engineering, chemistry, physics, computer science, and mathematics.

Robert H. Richards, class of 1868, established MIT’s Alumni Association. He was also Course III’s first department head.