NOMAD Laboratory


May 24, 2018

Walter Kohn Prize for quantum-mechanical materials modeling

Nominations are now being accepted for the Walter Kohn Prize for quantum-mechanical materials modeling, jointly instituted and co-funded by ICTP and the Quantum ESPRESSO Foundation.

The Prize is awarded biennially to a young scientist for outstanding contributions in the field of quantum-mechanical materials and molecular modeling, performed in a developing country or emerging economy, with emphasis on first-principles techniques. The Prize consists of:

  • a cash award of €2000,     
  • a citation, and
  • an invitation attend the award ceremony and deliver an award lecture at ICTP.

Eligible candidates should be under the age of 45 on 30 June 2018 and must be working in countries that are NOT included in the list of “High-income economies” compiled by the World Bank.

Nominations and self-nominations must be received before 30 June 2018. More details on the application are available here.

The award ceremony will be held in January 2019 at ICTP, Trieste, Italy, on the occasion of the International Workshop on Computational Physics and Materials Science: Total Energy and Force Methods.


Walter Kohn, 1998 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry, was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1923, and became a naturalised US citizen in 1957 after escaping Nazi Germany in the late 1930s and earning university degrees in Canada and the United States in the 1940s. Renowned for his work as a condensed matter theorist, Kohn made seminal contributions to our understanding of the electronic function of materials. He played a leading role in the development of density functional theory, which has proved an invaluable concept for physicists, chemists and material scientists. Kohn was also founding director of the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. Kohn passed away on 19 April 2016.