Contact information: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 
Education:
 PhD in Physics, Cornell (2001)
Research:
My general research area is theoretical condensed matter physics. More specifically, I study material properties at high pressure and/or temperature conditions using first principles electronic structure methods. Topics of current interest include prediction of highpressure crystalline structures at finite temperature; energetic materials; structural and thermodynamic properties of planetary liquids; computation of phase boundaries, including melting curves; efficient methods for computing liquid free energies; physics/chemistry at extreme compression.
Selected recent publications:

B. Boates and S.A. Bonev, “Demixing instability in dense molten MgSiO_{3} and the phase diagram of MgO” Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 135504 (2013).

B. Boates, A.M. Teweldeberhan, and S.A. Bonev, “Stability of dense liquid carbon dioxide” Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 109, 14808 (2012).

A.M. Teweldeberhan, J.L. DuBois, and S.A. Bonev, "Stability of the highpressure phases of CaTiO_{3} perovskite at finite temperatures" Phys. Rev. B 86, 064104 (2012).

F.A. Gorelli, S.F. Elatresh, C.L. Guilaume, M. Marques, G.J. Ackland, M. Santoro, S.A. Bonev, and E. Gregoryanz, "On lattice dynamics of dense lithium" Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 055501 (2012).

B. Boates and S.A. Bonev, “Electronic and structural properties of dense liquid and amorphous nitrogen” Phys. Rev. B 83, 174114 (2011).

B. Boates, S. Hamel, E. Schwegler, & S.A. Bonev, “Structural and optical properties of liquid CO_{2} for pressures up to 1 terapascal” J. Chem. Phys. 134, 064504 (2011).

A.M. Teweldeberhan and S.A. Bonev, "Structural and thermodynamic properties of liquid NaLi and CaLi alloys at high pressure" Phys. Rev. B 83, 134120 (2011).

A.M. Teweldeberhan, J.L. DuBois, and S.A. Bonev, "Highpressure phases of calcium: Densityfunctional theory and diffusion quantum Monte Carlo approach" Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 235503 (2010).

I. Tamblyn and S.A. Bonev, "Structure and phase boundaries of compressed liquid hydrogen" Phys. Rev. Lett. 104 065702 (2010).

B. Boates and S.A. Bonev, “Firstorder liquidliquid phase transition in compressed nitrogen” Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 015701 (2009).

S.A. Bonev and N.W. Ashcroft, "Diagrammatic quantum field formalism for localized electrons" Phys. Rev. B 78 195117 (2008).

I. Tamblyn, J.Y. Raty and S.A. Bonev, "Tetrahedral clustering in molten lithium under pressure" Phys. Rev. Lett. 101 075703 (2008).