|Posted on March 20, 2015 at 5:30 PM|
Eloy and I have been working together for the past two years. At some point, it occurred to us studying the first stages of the physical processes taking place in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). It all started as a mere simple exercise to motivate young students to try computational chemistry research. Little by little, we have familiarized ourselves with the computational techniques used (there is still a long way to go) and that's how we started working on charge-transfer and time-dependent processes. The natural tool to study time-dependent processes in large molecules is the well-known time-dependent density funcional theory (TDDFT). Since I was already working on the design of new DFT methods, it was only natural to apply the same strategy to time-dependent DFT. Merging all these pieces is how AccuCT (after the development of an accurate charge-transfer computational method), Eloy's postdoctoral subject, was born.
The project was then put down into words and submitted to the cruelly competitive Marie Curie Global Fellowship application. The good news came at the beginning of this year: his project was granted. This is awesome news for Eloy's research career and it also guarantees the funds to carry out AccuCT. The project will start on 2016, when Eloy will move to Martin Head-Gordon's group in Berkeley and it will finish in 2018, a year we will spend working together at the DIPC.
Some statistics about the MSCA-IF-2014-GF have been leaked. The % success is 11.2% (all proposals) and the Spanish success is 7.6% (only 14 proposals granted).