Welcome to the Brenner Group!

Dr. Donald Brenner

Dr. Donald Brenner

Professor Brenner is a Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. He received his B.S. from the State University of New York and his Ph.D. from Penn. State, where he was a winner of the Xerox Award for the best materials-related Ph.D. thesis.

After graduation he spent 7 years as a staff scientist at the U.S.Naval Research Laboratory before joining the NC State faculty in 1994. Brenner’s honors include the Reynolds Award for excellence in research, teaching and outreach (2009) and the Feynman Award for Research in Nanotechnology (2002). He is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory, as well as a member of the NC State Academy of Outstanding teachers. Brenner’s full CV is available here.

Our Research

Our research focuses on the characterization, design, and analysis of advanced materials using a virtual tool box of theory and modeling approaches that include density functional theory, tight binding models, large-scale molecular dynamics simulations, and hybrid atomic+continuum and meso-scale modeling techniques. These tools are applied to a wide range of materials that include:

  • fullerenes and nanotubes
  • diamond clusters and nanorods
  • advanced metal alloys
  • nanometer-scale composites
  • inorganic and bio-polymers
  • self-assembled monolayers
  • energetic materials
  • nitrides