Christopher Wolverton is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. His group's research is centered on computational materials science, and specifically first-principles quantum mechanical simulation tools. These computational tools have advanced to the point now where materials may be "synthesized virtually", with their properties predicted on a computer before ever being synthesized in a laboratory.
The focus of his research is on a variety of materials problems with an emphasis on materials for alternative energies and sustainability. Current topics of interest include the discovery of novel hydrogen storage matrials, phase transformations in metallic and ceramic alloys, microstructural evolution during aging, and the theoretical prediction of new materials.
Wolverton graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Ph.D. in Physics.