Giulia Galli is a condensed matter physicist recognized for her work on first principles simulations of complex solids and liquids, in particular electronic structure calculations and dynamical properties of heterogeneous materials. She earned a PhD in Physics in 1987 from the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy. After postdoctoral positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the IBM Research Division in Zurich, she joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, as a senior researcher. She moved to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1998, where she was the founding group leader of the Quantum Simulations Group. In 2005 she joined the University of California, Davis as professor of chemistry and physics. Since 2013 she is a faculty member of the University of Chicago where she is the Liew Family Professor of Electronic Structure and Simulations in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and Professor of Chemistry. She is also a senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Galli is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Giulia Galli's research activity focuses on the development and use of theoretical and computational methods to understand and predict the properties of solids, liquids and nanostructures at the atomistic level, from first principles. Her method developments include first principles molecular dynamics techniques and algorithms for electronic structure calculations of excited states phenomena. Her theoretical studies of excited state properties of matter focus on the prediction of optimal systems for harvesting sunlight. Other areas of interest to Galli's research include phenomena and materials for the realization of technologies based on quantum information science.

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Section 33: Applied Physical Sciences

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Section 14: Chemistry