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Richard Hennig

Associate Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Professor Hennig received his Diploma in Physics at the University of Göttingen in 1997 and his Ph.D. in Physics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000. After working as a postdoctoral researcher and research scientist at Ohio State University, he joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell in 2006.

In 2014, Dr. Hennig went on to the University of Florida and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.



Materials theory is an exciting and fast-paced interdisciplinary field involving the theoretical prediction of the structure and properties of materials to discover new materials with properties suitable for applications in various areas of science and engineering. Materials theory combines elements of materials science, physics, chemistry, and computer science and has applications in chemical, electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering.

With the move to smaller and smaller structures, theoretical and computational predictions of materials properties on the nanoscale can accelerate materials development and are crucial for progress in the areas nanoscience and nanotechnology.