Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Royal Society Fellow and Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 9949j.lischner




342Bessemer BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Johannes is a Lecturer in the Department of Materials and a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Materials and the Department of Physics at Imperial College London. He is also the Assistant Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Theory and Simulation of Materials at Imperial College.

He obtained a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University in 2010 working in the group of Prof. Tomas  Arias. From 2010 to 2014, he was a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in the groups of Prof. Steven Louie and Prof. Marvin Cohen.

His research interest lies at the interface of theoretical condensed matter physics, chemistry, materials science and scientific computing. He studies the properties of matter using a variety of tools ranging from first principles many-body perturbation theory (GW/BSE method) and density-functional theory to classical force field methods and continuum theories. Currently, he is working on new materials for photovoltaics (for example, polymers), oxide-water interfaces for photoelectrochemistry, two-dimensional materials for electronics and energy storage (such as, graphene-based supercapacitors) and iron-based superconductors.

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Lischner J, Kahk JM, Core electron binding energies of adsorbates on Cu(111) from first-principles calculations., Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, ISSN:1463-9076

Aghajanian M, Mostofi AA, Lischner J, 2018, Tuning electronic properties of transition-metal dichalcogenides via defect charge, Scientific Reports, Vol:8, ISSN:2045-2322

Zhang J, Hong H, Zhang J, et al., 2018, New Pathway for Hot Electron Relaxation in Two-Dimensional Heterostructures, Nano Letters, Vol:18, ISSN:1530-6984, Pages:6057-6063

Santos FJD, Bahamon DA, Muniz RB, et al., 2018, Impact of complex adatom-induced interactions on quantum spin Hall phases, Physical Review B, Vol:98, ISSN:2469-9950

Ranno L, Dal Forno S, Lischner J, 2018, Computational design of bimetallic core-shell nanoparticles for hot-carrier photocatalysis, Npj Computational Materials, Vol:4, ISSN:2057-3960

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