Prof. Eva Zurek performed her undergraduate work at the University of Calgary (Canada) with Tom Ziegler, and her Doctoral work at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research (Stuttgart, Germany) with Ole Krogh Andersen. She then went on to a postdoctoral appointment at Cornell University, where she worked with Nobel Prize winner Roald Hoffmann. In Aug 2009, Eva became an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Buffalo, SUNY, where she was promoted to Full Professor in Aug 2016.
Eva’s research is geared towards studying the electronic structure, properties and reactivity of a wide variety of chemical systems using first-principles calculations. She is interested in high pressure chemistry, organic molecules adsorbed to metal surfaces, multiferroics, catalysis, as well as solvated electrons and electrides. Her group also develops algorithms for the a priori prediction of the structures of crystals and applies these algorithms to search for new superconducting materials.