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Argonne’s Dr. Marius Stan from Breaking Bad on Computational Science in Cinema

Dr. Marius Stan (right) plays Bogdon Walnetz in Breaking Bad

Dr. Marius Stan (right) plays Bogdon Walnetz in Breaking Bad

In this video from the recent Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing event, Argonne computational scientist Dr Marius Stan discusses Computational Science in Cinema. You may know Dr Stan from the role he played as Bogdan Wolynetz, the car wash owner on the hit TV show Breaking Bad.

“During his presentation, Stan will talk about scientists and artists as creators driven by curiosity. He will touch on the outstanding experimental and computational studies performed at Argonne in support of energy science and engineering. A number of Argonne results, especially in the area of computation and visualization, have unexpected links to cinema.”

Dr. Marius Stan is a physicist and a chemist interested in non-equilibrium thermodynamics, heterogeneity, and multi-scale computational science for energy applications. He is also Technical Director for the Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) program. The goal of his research is to discover or design materials, structures, and device architectures for nuclear energy and energy storage. To that end, Marius develops theory-based (as opposite to empirical) mathematical models of thermomechanical and chemical properties of imperfect materials. The imperfection comes from defects or deviations from stoichiometry (e.g., in battery electrodes) or from irradiation (e.g. in nuclear fuels). Then he uses the models in computer simulations of coupled heat and chemical transport, micro(nano)-structure evolution, and phase transformations. In parallel, he designs experiments to validate the models and simulations.

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