Nicholas Brawand

Graduate student


  • M.Sc. in Physics, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado (2013)
  • B.Sc. in Physics, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado (2011)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Society (APS)

Areas of Interest

  • First-principles simulations of nanostructures, surface and interfaces
  • Energy transport in semiconductors


  • Summer 2012, Colorado School of Mines Physics Dept : Research Assistant: ion transport within novel architecture silicon
  • 2010-2011, CSM Physics Dept. Undergraduate Researcher: remote landmine detection system, non-invasive BCI prosthetics
  • Summer 2008-2011, Boeing Systems Engineer Intern, Software Engineer Intern


  • Nicholas P. Brawand, Marco Govoni, Márton Vörös, and Giulia Galli
    Performance and self-consistency of the generalized dielectric dependent hybrid functional
    J. Chem. Theory Comput., Accepted (2017)
  • Matthew B. Goldey, Nicholas P. Brawand, Márton Vörös, and Giulia Galli
    Charge Transport in Nanostructured Materials: Implementation and Verification of Constrained Density Functional Theory
    J. Chem. Theory Comput., Accepted (2017)
  • Daniel M. Kroupa*, Márton Vörös*, Nicholas P. Brawand, Brett W. McNichols, Elisa M. Miller, Jing Gu, Arthur J. Nozik, Alan Sellinger, Giulia Galli, Matthew C. Beard
    Tuning Colloidal Quantum Dot Band Edge Positions through Solution-Phase Surface Chemistry Modification
    Nature Comms., accepted (*These authors contributed equally to this work)
  • Nicholas Brawand, Matthew Goldey, Márton Vörös, and Giulia Galli
    Defect states and charge transport in quantum dot solids
    Chem. Mater., 29 (3), pp. 1255-1262 (2017)
  • Márton Vörös, Nicholas Brawand, and Giulia Galli
    Hydrogen treatment as a detergent of electronic trap states in lead chalcogenide nanoparticles
    Chem. Mater. 29 (6), pp 2485–2493 (2017)
  • Lili Wang, Nicholas Brawand, Márton Vörös, Peter D. Dahlberg et al.
    Excitations partition into two distinct populations in bulk single-domain-single-crystal CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskites due to polaron formation
    submitted (2016)
  • N. Brawand, M. Vörös, M. Govoni, and G. Galli
    Generalization of dielectric dependent hybrid functionals to finite systems
    Phys. Rev. X 6, 041002 (2016)
  • Nicholas P. Brawand, Mark T. Lusk
    Silicon Clathrate Quantum Dots and the Allotropic Dependence of Quantum Confinement
    J. Phys. Chem. C 118 (46), pp 27091-27096 (2014)
  • Nicholas P. Brawand, Márton Vörös, and Giulia Galli
    Surface Dangling Bonds Are a Cause of Type-II Blinking in Si Nanoparticles
    Nanoscale 7, 3737 (2015)

Proceedings Articles

  • Lakshmi Krishna, Aaron D. Martinez, Lauryn L. Baranowski, Nicholas P. Brawand, Carolyn A. Koh, Vladan Stevanović, Mark T. Lusk, Eric S. Toberer, Adele C. Tamboli
    Group IV clathrates: synthesis, optoelectonic properties, and photovoltaic applications
    Proc. SPIE 8981 (2014)