David Egger

Short CV

David Egger received his Ph.D. in Physics from Graz University of Technology (Austria) in 2013. He pursued his research work as a postdoctoral fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), from 2014-2017. Between 2017 and 2019, he was leading a research group at the University of Regensburg (Germany), supported by the Sofja-Kovalevskaja Award of the Humboldt Foundation. He moved to TU Munich with this award in June 2019, where he was appointed Rudolf Mößbauer Professor.

Selected Awards

  • Sofja-Kovalevskaja Award of the Humboldt Foundation (2017)

  • Best Thesis Award of TU Graz (2015)

  • Koshland Prize of the Weizmann Institute of Science (2014)

  • Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund (2014)

  • DOC Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2010)

Research Interests

The research activities of Prof. Egger focus on atomistic theories of functional materials that drive energy devices such as solar cells. One goal of his research is the discovery of new energy materials which would, for example, allow for a more efficient conversion of sunlight into electricity. To this end, his group develops and applies various theoretical methods for calculating the properties of molecules, solids as well as nanostructured interfaces. These include electronic-structure and molecular-dynamics techniques.

Selected Publications

  • Mayers, M.; Tan, L. Z.; Egger, D. A.; Rappe, A. M.; Reichman, D. R.: How Lattice and Charge Fluctuations Control Carrier Dynamics in Halide Perovskites Nano Lett. 18, 8041 (2018) doi/10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b04276
  • Egger, D. A.; Bera, A.; Cahen, D.; Hodes, G.; Kirchartz, T.; Kronik, L.; Lovrincic, R.; Rappe, A. M.; Reichman, D. R.; Yaffe, O.: What Remains Unexplained about the Properties of Halide Perovskites? Adv. Mater. 30, 1800691 (2018) doi/10.1002/adma.201800691
  • Kirchartz, T.; Markvart, T.; Rau, U.; Egger, D. A.: Impact of Small Phonon Energies on the Charge-Carrier Lifetimes in Metal-Halide Perovskites. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 9, 939 (2018) doi/10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b03414
  • Yaffe, O.; Guo, Y.; Tan, L. Z.; Egger, D. A.; Hull, T.; Stoumpos, C. C.; Zheng, F.; Szpak, G.; Semonin, O. E.; Beecher, A. N.; Heinz, T. F.; Kronik, L.; Rappe, A. M.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Owen, J. S.; Pimenta, M. A.; Brus, L. E.: Local polar fluctuations in lead halide perovskite crystals. Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 136001 (2017) doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.136001
  • Egger, D. A.; Rappe, A. M.; Kronik, L.: Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites on the Move. Acc. Chem. Res. 49, 573 (2016) doi/10.1021/acs.accounts.5b00540
  • Brenner, T. M.; Egger, D. A.; Kronik, L; Hodes, G.; Cahen, D.: Hybrid organic–inorganic perovskites: low-cost semiconductors with intriguing charge transport properties. Nature Reviews Materials 1, 15007 (2016) www.nature.com/articles/natrevmats20157
  • Egger, D. A.; Kronik, L.; Rappe, A. M.: Theory of Hydrogen Migration in Organic-Inorganic Halide Perovskites. Angew. Chem. In. Ed. 54, 12437 (2015) doi/10.1002/anie.201502544/
  • Egger, D. A.; Liu, Z.-F.; Neaton, J. B.; Kronik, L.: Reliable Energy Level Alignment at Physisorbed Molecule-Metal Interfaces from Density Functional Theory. Nano. Lett. 15, 2448 (2015) doi/10.1021/nl504863r
  • Egger, D. A.; Kronik, L.: Role of Dispersive Interactions in Determining Structural Properties of Organic–Inorganic Halide Perovskites: Insights from First-Principles Calculations. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 5, 2728 (2014) doi/10.1021/jz5012934
  • Egger, D. A.; Weissman, S; Refaely-Abramson, S; Sharifzadeh, S.; Dauth, M.; Baer, R; Kümmel, S.; Neaton, J. B.; Zojer, E; Kronik, L.: Outer-valence electron spectra of prototypical aromatic heterocycles from an optimally-tuned range-separated hybrid functional. J. Chem. Theory Comput. 10, 1934 (2014) doi/10.1021/ct400956h

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow