James R. Chelikowsky earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is professor of physics, chemical engineering, and chemistry and biochemistry, director of the ICES Center for Computational Materials, and holds the W.A. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr. Chair of Computational Materials.
Conducting research in industry and academia, Chelikowsky has made significant contributions within the field of computational materials science. His research focuses on the optical and dielectric properties of semiconductors, surface and interfacial phenomena in solids, point and extended defects in electronic materials, pressure-induced amorphization in silicates and disordered systems, clusters and confined systems, diffusion and microstructure of liquids, and the development of high performance algorithms to predict the properties of materials.
He has published over 340 papers, including five monographs. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Materials Research Society. He has received numerous awards and honors including the David Turnbull Lectureship Award from the Materials Research Society, the David Adler Lectureship Award from the American Physical Society, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.