James Furness


Tulane University
Department of Physics and Engineering Physics
Stanley Thomas Building, Room 202
New Orleans, LA 70118



James Furness received his PhD from the University of Nottingham, England in 2016, for research into current-density-functional theory and the optimised effective potential whilst studying under Dr. Andy Teale. He is currently a postdoc researcher under Dr. Jianwei Sun looking at density-functional methods for strongly correlated systems.

Research interests

  • functional design in density-functional theory
  • current-density-functional theory for molecules in strong magnetic fields
  • strongly correlated systems
  • electronic structure theory
  •  molecular property visualisation

Honors & Awards

  • ‘Kings Memorial Medal’ for outstanding project work in University of Nottingham Chemistry MSci degree
  • ‘Dan Eley Prize’ for outstanding academic achievement and contribution to the activities of the physical chemistry section, School of Chemistry and University of Nottingham.

Most relevant publications

  • Tellgren, E. I.; Teale, A. M.; Furness, J. W.; Lange, K. K.; Ekström, U.; Helgaker, T. Non-perturbative calculation of molecular magnetic properties within current-density functional theory, J. Chem. Phys. 2014, 140 (3), 034101–034112. (DOI: 10.1063/1.4861427)
  • Furness, J. W.; Verbeke, J.; Tellgren, E. I.; Stopkowicz, S.; Ekström, U.; Helgaker, T.; Teale, A. M. Current Density Functional Theory Using Meta-Generalized Gradient Exchange-Correlation Functionals, J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2015, 11 (9), 4169–4181. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.5b00535)        
  • Furness, J. W.; Ekström, U.; Helgaker, T.; Teale, A. M. Electron localisation function in current-density- func- tional theory, Mol. Phys. 2016, 8976. (DOI: 10.1080/00268976.2015.1133859)
  • Irons, T. J. P.; Furness, J. W.; Ryley, M. S.; Zemen, J.; Helgaker, T.; Teale A. M.; Connections between variation principles at the interface of wave-function and density-functional theories; Submitted to Journal of Chemical Physics