Computational Materials Science

Keffer, David

Brief Bio

David J. Keffer is a multiscale materials modeler, who uses simulations to develop a molecular-level understanding of the relationship between nanoscale structure and macroscale properties. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida (1992) and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (1996). He was a post-doctoral research fellow at the United States Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC before joining UT as a faculty member in 1998. He is a professor in the Materials Science & Engineering Department and the Director of the STAIR (Sustainable Technology through Advanced Interdisciplinary Research) graduate program at UT. He received a Fulbright grant to study sustainability for a year at Yonsei University in Seoul (2010-11). He currently teaches a class on creativity in unconventional directions to UT Freshmen.

As of 2013, Keffer has published about 100 papers in archival and refereed journals and presented about 150 presentations at professional conferences and workshops.


  • Multiscale Materials Modeling
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • Proton, Ion and Molecular Transport
  • Adsorption & Diffusion in Nanoporous Materials (Amorphous & Crystalline)
  • Catalysis
  • Interpretation of Neutron Scattering Data