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Vladan Stevanovic

  • Colorado School of Mines
    Golden, CO 80401


  • Postdoctoral training: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado, USA; Advisor: Dr. Alex Zunger
  • PhD in theoretical solid state physics: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland; Advisor: Prof. Alfonso Baldereschi
  • MA in theoretical physics: Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia; Advisor: Prof. Milan Damnjanovic


  • In pursuit for novel energy materials my research stands at the intersection between solid-state physics, materials science, large-scale (high-throughput) computations and big data. With the focus on photovoltaic, thermoelectric and materials for solar fuel production, it combines both development of predictive methods to model properties of real materials as well as their application. Topics of interest include materials thermochemistry and the problem of predicting the existence of new (previously unreported) compounds, predictive methods for modeling optoelectronic and transport properties, and high-throughput screening of large chemical spaces in searching for, and designing novel energy materials. Results of these efforts are open and available via NRELMatDB ( and TEdesignLab (


  • V. Stevanovic, Sampling polymorphs of ionic solids using random superlattices, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 075503 (2016)
  • P. Gorai, P. Parilla, E. Toberer, and V. Stevanovic, Computational Exploration of the Binary A1B1 Chemical Space for Thermoelectric Performance, Chem. Mater. 27, 6213 (2015)
  • D. Cahen, D. Ginley, J. Berry, T. Buonassisi, D. A. Egger, G. Hodes, L. Kronik, Y.-L. Loo, I. Lubomirsky, S. R. Marder, Y. Mastai, J. S. Miller, D. B. Mitzi, Y. Paz, A. Rappe, I. Riess, B. Rybtchinski, O. Stafsudd, V. Stevanovic, M. Toney, D. Zitoun, A. Kahn, Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites (HOIPs): Opportunities and Challenges, Adv. Mater. 27, 5102 (2015)
  • A. M. Deml, A. M. Holder, R. OHayre, C. B. Musgrave, and V. Stevanovic, Intrinsic Material Properties Dictating Oxygen Vacancy Formation Energetics in Metal Oxides, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 6, 1948 (2015)
  • R. E. Brandt, V. Stevanovic, D. S. Ginley, and T. Buonassisi, Identifying defect-tolerant semiconductors with high minority carrier lifetimes: Beyond hybrid lead halide perovskites, MRS Communications 5, 265 (2015)
  • Yan, P. Gorai, B. Ortiz, S. Miller, S. A. Barnett, T. Mason, V. Stevanovic, and E. S. Toberer, Material descriptors for thermoelectric performance, Energy Environ. Sci. 8, 983 (2015)
  • V. Stevanovic, A. Zakutayev and S. Lany, Composition Dependence of the Band Gap and Doping in Cu2O-Based Alloys as Predicted by an Extension of the Dilute-Defect Model, Phys. Rev. Applied 2, 044005, (2014)
  • A. M. Deml, V. Stevanovic, C. L. Muhich, C. B. Musgrave, and R. OHayre, Oxide enthalpy of formation and band gap energy as accurate descriptors of oxygen vacancy formation energetics, Energy Environ. Sci. 7, 1996, (2014)
  • V. Stevanovic, S. Lany, D. S. Ginley, W. Tumas, and A. Zunger, Assessing Capability of Semiconductors to Split Water Using Ionization Potentials and Electron Affinities Only, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.16, 3706 (2014)
  • V. Stevanovic, X. Zhang, S. Lany, and A. Zunger, Correcting density functional theory for accurate predictions of compound enthalpies of formation: Fitted elemental-phase reference energies (FERE), Phys. Rev. B 85, 115104 (2012)