John Perdew


Temple University
Department of Physics
1925 N. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: (215) 204-1407


John Perdew received his Ph.D in physics from Cornell University in 1971. He was a postdoc at the University of Toronto and at Rutgers University. In 1979 he joined the faculty at Tulane University as Assistant  Professor of Physics. He became Full Professor in 1982. In 2013 he moved to the College of Science and Technology at Temple University as the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physics and Chemistry. He is the founding director of the Center for Materials Theory at Temple.

The National Academy of Science election citation says: “Perdew has led the effort to put a sound mathematical and physical foundation under the conceptual ideas of Density Functional Theory. Perdew derived exact properties of the exchange-correlation energy, using exact constraints to construct the approximations widely used for applications across condensed matter physics, chemistry and material science”. His work on density functional theory has made him one of the world’s most cited phycisists. Professor Perdew has five co-authored works among the 11 most-cited physics papers published 1981-2010, and two among the 100 most-cited scholarly articles of all time (Nature 514, 550 [2014]).

Research Interests
Hohenberg-Kohn-Sham density-functional theory of electronic structure, materials theory, quantum chemistry

Honors & Awards

  • 2015 Doctor Honoris Causa, Budapest U. of Technology and Economics 
  • 2015 John Scott Award
  • 2014 Received Humboldt Research Award
  • 2012 Received Materials Theory Award from the Materials ResearchSociety
  • 2011 Elected member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2009 April issue of Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation dedicated to Perdew
  • 2003 Elected to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences

5 most relevant publication

  • J. Sun, R.C. Remsing, Y. Zhang, Z. Sun, A. Ruzsinszky, H. Peng, Z. Yang, A. Paul, U. Waghmare, X. Wu, M.L. Klein, and J.P. Perdew, Accurate First-Principles Structures and Energies of Diversely-Bonded Systems from an Efficient Density Functional, Nature Chemistry 8, 831(2016).
  • H. Peng, Z. Yang. J. Sun, and J.P. Perdew, Versatile van der Waals Density Functional from a Meta-Generalized Gradient Approximation, Phys. Rev. X 6, 041005 (2016).
  • J. Sun, A. Ruzsinszky, and J.P. Perdew. Strongly Constrained and Appropriately Normed Semilocal Density Functional, Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 036402 (2015).
  • J.P. Perdew, K. Burke, and M. Ernzerhof. Generalized Gradient  Approximation Made Simple, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 3865 (1996).
  • J.P. Perdew, R.G. Parr, M. Levy, and J.L. Balduz, Density Functional Theory for Fractional Particle Number: Derivative Discontinuities of the Energy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 49, 1691 (1982).