Meet CMI Researcher Patrice Turchi

Image of Patrice Turchi, researcher at Critical Materials InstituteFor the Critical Materials Institute, Patrice Turchi is leading a project entitled “Materials Design Simulator – Efficient Prototyping of Rare Earth-Based Alloys from ab initio Electronic Structure and Thermodynamics.” That is about the development of a Materials Design Simulator (MDS) for guiding the search for solute replacements to Rare Earth Elements that provide materials stability and performance. His colleagues for this project are: Per Söderlind, Alexander Landa, Vincenzo Lordi (LLNL); Duane Johnson (Ames Lab) and Krishna Rajan (ISU).

CMI researcher Patrice Turchi received a Diploma of Engineer in Chemistry from the National Superior School of Chemistry of Paris (ENSCP, France) in 1975, earned a Ph. D. in Materials Science in 1980 and another one in Condensed Matter Physics in 1984 (just for fun!), both from the University of Paris VI (France). He taught at the University of Paris VI (France) for 11 years, spent a year as a visiting research scientist at U.C. Berkeley, and has been at LLNL since 1986. He is currently the Advanced Metallurgical Science and Engineering group leader in the Condensed Matter and Materials Division of the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate.
His scientific fields of interest are theoretical condensed matter physics, computational materials science, and quantum information science.  His research has focused on electronic structure-based approaches to statics, kinetics, and dynamics of alloy phase transformations, and related properties. In this century his main focus has been on the basic science of actinide-based materials for advanced nuclear reactors. He has authored over 280 peer-reviewed publications, more than 50 LLNL technical reports, 3 book chapters, and over 160 presentations and 160 invited talks (including keynote addresses) at scientific meetings and research institutions. He has also edited 21 technical books and proceedings, and has 1 issued U.S. patent with one patent pending. He had several awards, from DOE, NATO, STLE, and LLNL. He is the co-founder of the International Alloy Conference (IAC) dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the properties of complex inorganic solids, and has been organizer of 15 TMS and 3 MRS symposia, 5 international conferences, 2 NATO-ASI and 1 NATO-ARW. He is a member of APS, MRS, and ASM.  In March 2015, he became President of TMS.