Dr. Flaviu Cipcigan works at the interface between physics and life sciences. He's focusing on designing a new paradigm for molecular discovery by combining large scale computer simulation, machine learning and physics-based methods.
Flaviu has collaborated with IBM since the beginning of his PhD, which was recognised by the Institute of Physics as a "leading contribution in advancing theoretical condensed matter physics". In a collaboration between IBM Research, the University of Edinburgh, and the UK's National Physical Laboratory he developed a fundamentally new strategy for modelling matter at the level of atoms and molecules and applied it to create a molecular model for water with unprecedented predictive power. He has published his research in academic journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Physical Review Letters, presented at international conferences, and engaged with Members of the UK Parliament.
Flaviu also has experience in modelling piezoelectric ceramics, with applications in designing novel piezoelectric transistors, and in the theoretical foundations of measurement based quantum computation.
Further, Flaviu is a keen artist and communicator of science. He won multiple awards for best presentation and collaborated with artists from the Edinburgh College of Art to explore the connection between art and science. The resulting sculpture was featured at the Edinburgh International Science Festival and in the Canvas art journal. He is also an experienced dancer, with background in Argentine tango and bachata.