Michael Ashton

Michael Ashton

Materials Scientist

Personal Profile

I am a motivated learner who loves engaging with others on a team. I hope to use my experience and passion for computational materials research to make real progress toward designing and discovering useful materials properties.


  • DFT
  • Python
  • C++
  • Django
  • Git
  • Linux
  • MongoDB
  • javascript

Education and Research

Postdoc, Max Planck Institut für Eisenforschung

November 2017 - Present

As part of the Defect Chemistry and Spectroscopy group, I designed and performed DFT investigations of material responses to extreme electric fields.

Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science (U. of Florida)

August 2013 - October 2017

GPA: 3.89/4

Advisors: Dr. Richard Hennig and Dr. Susan Sinnott

Thesis: Computational Methods for the Discovery and Characterization of Two-Dimensional Materials

Bachelor of Science in Materials Science (U. of Florida)

August 2010 - May 2013

GPA: 3.87/4 (Summa cum Laude)

Concentration: metallurgy

Selected Publications

Awards and Other Work

  • Alexander von Humboldt award for Postdoctoral Researchers (2019)
  • I developed the Materialsweb online database
  • I have written submodules for the SPHInX DFT program in C++.
  • I have also developed packages/ modules for MPInterfaces and Pyiron, Python packages for systematic analysis of materials with popular DFT and MD codes.
  • References

  • Dr. Susan B. Sinnott, Department Head and Professor of Materials Science, Penn State University ( Email)
  • Dr. Richard G. Hennig, Professor of Materials Science, University of Florida ( Email)
  • Dr. Christoph Freysoldt, Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Iron Research ( Email)