Persson Group Handbook
This website serves as the group handbook for the Persson Group at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The purpose of this handbook is to serve as a 1) living repository for knowledge within the group, and 2) starting point to ensure a smoother integration of new group members during onboarding.
While the Onboarding Guides and the Group Librarian have the ultimate responsibility of overseeing the handbook (see Group Jobs), maintaining and improving the group handbook is the responsibility of all group members. Our newest group members often have the most valuable insight in improving the onboarding process and where there may be critical gaps in the handbook. Please see Contributing for guidelines on making contributions. Note that the handbook can be dynamically searched from within the group Slack by writing "/gitbook SEARCH_QUERY".
We would like to especially thank Anubhav Jain, whose wonderful group handbook (Jain Group Handbook) inspired much of the content you see here.

About the Group

Our group studies the physics and chemistry of materials using atomistic computational methods and high-performance computing technology. Most of our research is focused on materials for energy applications, such as battery electrode materials, electrolytes, photocatalysts, thermoelectrics, etc. We are co-located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the University of California, Berkeley, just down the hill from the Lab. Our main workspaces are located at LBNL, but we have a number of additional desks available on campus for students to use in between classes, which are located in the Graduate Student Bay of Hearst Memorial Mining Building (HMMB).

Group events

Some of the regular things we do as a group are:
  • Happy Hour each Thursday!
  • Group retreats and outings. Past activities include "beach olympics", paintball, and cardboard boat races in Kristin's pool.
  • Dinners to celebrate group members who are moving on to join universities or companies.
  • An annual joint holiday party with the Ceder Group.
  • Twice-yearly “CodeBusters” events, where we spend 3 days hacking on code together.
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