Duane D. Johnson

  • F. Wendell Miller Professor of Energy Sciences
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Chemical & Biological Engineering (Courtesy)
  • Physics (Courtesy)

Main Office

130 Spedding Hall, 2416 Pammel Road
Ames, IA 50011-2416
Phone: 515-294-2122


  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Cincinnati, 1985
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Bristol University, 1985-1987
  • NRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Naval Research Laboratory, 1987-1988

Interest Areas

Materials Theory and Modeling, Computational Materials Science, and Materials Discovery

  1. Computational Materials Science - modern theories of materials phenomena and their computational solution to predict properties and characterize or discover new materials
  2. Thermodynamics and chemistry of materials via electronic-structure based methods
  3. Mechanical properties by integration of generalized defect energy surfaces and mesoscale dislocation mechanics
  4. Multiscale modeling for spatial and temporal scales
  5. Energy-storage and catalytic properties of supported nano assemblies
  6. New computational methods and algorithms to perform reliable materials discover and/or design

Brief Biography

Honors and Awards

  • Thesis Research Fellowship, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1983-1984)
  • National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow (1987-1988)
  • Award for Excellence, Sandia National Laboratories (1993)
  • Editorial Board, "Methods in Materials Science" (1997)
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (AGARD) Invited Lecturer (1997)
  • Member, Materials Science Critical Technology Sector/Phase Transitions, American Society of Metals (200-2010)
  • Collins Scholar, Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education, University of Illinois-Champaign (2000)
  • Fellow, American Physical Society (2003)
  • Xerox Award for Faculty Research, University of Illinois-Champaign (2004)
  • Listed in Who's Who in America (2005)
  • Bliss Faculty Scholar, University of Illinois-Champaign (2005-2009)
  • Member-at-Large (elected), Division of Computational Physics, American Physical Society (2008-2008)
  • Silver "Humie" Award, with student K. Sastry, human competitive award at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference and Best Paper in Real World Applications track (2006)
  • Chair-Elect, Division of Computational Physics, American Physical Society (2008-2010)
  • NCSA Faculty Fellow, University of Illinois-Champaign (2009)
  • Ivan Racheff Professor of Materials Science, University of Illinois-Champaign (2009-2010)
  • DoE Hydrogen Program 2010 "Special Recognition Award" for the Metal-Hydride Center of Excellence "In Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to the Department of Energy (June 8, 2010)
  • Invited Professor, Ecole Centrale Paris (2010-2013)
  • Special Editor for Computer Physics Communication (2010-2012)
  • Excellence in Reviewing, Acta Materialia (2015)
  • F. Wendell Miller Professor of Energy Science, Iowa State University (2010-present)