Keith Ray

Contact information:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
7000 East Avenue, L-413
Livermore, CA 94550
phone: 925-423-8971
fax: 925-423-5733


  • Ph.D. Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 2013
  • M.A. Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
  • B.A. Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 2006
  • B.A. Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, 2006


I am interested in the application of first principles calculations to condensed matter systems. My current projects include examining the microscopic sources of electric/magnetic field noise in ion trap/superconducting qubits, calculating thermodynamic, kinetic, and x-ray absorption properties of complex metal hydride H2 storage materials, and investigating materials based solutions to increasing TlBr radiation detector longevity. Among other methods, I employ density functional theory, often with hybrid functionals, the Hubbard U correction, van der Waals corrections, or GW/BSE corrections to the quasiparticle energies, where appropriate. Previous work focused on gas binding, selectivity, and transport barriers in zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) and calculations on pseudocapacitor related materials to better understand lithium transport, lithium solvation, and electrode-electrolyte interactions.

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