Samber Bastiaansen obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Physics & Astronomy (Theoretical Physics) at the Radboud University in 2022, with a thesis on the plasmonic excitations in finite twisted bi-layer graphene flakes modelled within a tight-binding approach. The full source code and the associated work can be found at his personal GitLab page. The code provided a basis for the publication, “Quantum-dot like plasmonic modes in twisted bilayer graphene supercells”, 2D Materials 9, 014004 (2021).
Samber started with his master program at the Radboud University in the academic year of 2021-2022, at track “Physics & Astronomy: Physics of Molecules & Materials”. Given his main interest is Computational Material Science and the relevance to real-world systems, he is also enrolled in the master program at Applied Physics at TU/e, track ”Nano, Quantum and Photonics”, since the academic year of 2022-2023. This is where he first met Shuxia Tao during one of his courses, advanced materials modelling and has been in touch with the group ever since.
During the summer of 2023 he conducted an external internship at Software for Chemistry & Materials (SCM), where he tested and benchmarked the Quantum ESPRESSO (QE) DFT-engine, and reconstructed the associated pseudopotential library. The results of his work was highly appeciated by SCM and will be likely implemented in AMS2024.
Since September, 2023, Samber is conducting his master thesis within the group, on spin and magnetic transport phenomena in 2D chiral perovskites.