Aurora Pribram-Jones

  • Program Years: 2011-2015
  • Academic Institution: University of California, Irvine
  • Field of Study: Theoretical Chemistry
  • Academic Advisor: Kieron Burke
  • Practicum(s):
    Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (2013)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Irvine
    B.S. Chemistry, Harvey Mudd College, 2009
    A.S. Chemistry/Mathematics/Biology, Foothill College, 2005

Current Status

  • Status: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Merced
  • Research Area: Theoretical Chemistry
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14. Hwang, E.; Cuddy, E.; Lin, J.; Kaufman, J.L.; Shaw, A.; Conway, P.L.J.; Pribram-Jones, A.; Laws, K.J.; Bassman, L. Predicting ductility in quaternary B2-like alloys. Phys. Rev. Mater. 5 (3), 033604 (2021).

13. Yang, Z.-Y.; Pribram-Jones, A.; Burke, K.; Ullrich, C.A. Direct extraction of excitation energies from ensemble density-functional theory. Phys. Rev. Lett., 119, 033003 (2017).

12. Kaufman, J.L.; Pomrehn, G.S.; Pribram-Jones, A.; Mahjoub, R.; Ferry, M.; Laws, K.J.; and Bassman, L. Stacking fault energies of non-dilute binary alloys using special quasirandom structures. Phys. Rev. B, 95, 094112 (2017).

11. Aron-Dine, S.; Pomrehn, G.S.; Pribram-Jones, A.; Laws, K.J.; Bassman, L. First principles investigation of structural and magnetic disorder in CuNiMnAl and CuNiMnSn Heusler alloys. Phys. Rev. B, 95, 024108 (2017).

10. Pribram-Jones, A.; Grabowski, P.E.; Burke, K. Thermal density functional theory: Time-dependent linear response and approximate functionals from the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. Phys. Rev. Lett., 116, 233001 (2016).

9. Smith, J.; Pribram-Jones, A.; Burke, K. Exact thermal density functional theory for a model system: Correlation components and accuracy for the zero-temperature exchange-correlation approximation. Phys. Rev. B, 93, 245131 (2016).

8. Burke, K.; Smith, J.; Grabowski, P.E.; Pribram-Jones, A. Exact conditions on the temperature dependence of density functionals. Phys. Rev. B, 93, 195132 (2016).

7. Pribram-Jones, A.; Burke, K. Connection formulas for thermal density functional theory. Phys. Rev. B, 93, 205140 (2016).

6. Cangi, A.; Pribram-Jones, A. Efficient formalism for warm dense matter simulations. Phys. Rev. B, 92, 161113(R)(2015).

5. Knudson, M.D.; Desjarlais, M.P.; Pribram-Jones, A. Adiabatic release measurements in aluminum between 400-1200 GPa: Characterization of aluminum as a shock standard in the multimegabar regime. Phys. Rev. B, 91, 224105 (2015).

4. Pribram-Jones, A.; Gross, David A.; Burke, K. DFT: A Theory Full of Holes? Ann. Rev. Phys. Chem., 66, 283-304 (2015), invited article.

3. Yang, Z.-H.; Trail, J.R.; Pribram-Jones, A.; Burke, K.; Needs, R.J.; Ullrich, C.A. Exact and approximate Kohn-Sham potentials in ensemble density-functional theory. Phys. Rev. A, 90, 042501 (2014).

2. Pribram-Jones, A.; Yang, Z.-H.; Trail, J.R.; Burke, K.; Needs, R.J.; Ullrich, C.A. Excitations and benchmark ensemble density functional theory for two electrons. J. Chem. Phys., 140, 18A541 (2014).

1. Pribram-Jones, A.; Pittalis, S.; Gross, E.K.U.; Burke, K. Thermal Density Functional Theory in Context. In: Frontiers and Challenges in Warm Dense Matter (F. Graziani, M. P. Desjarlais, R. Redmer, and S. B. Trickey, eds.), vol. 96 of Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering, pp. 25-60, Springer International Publishing, 2014.


Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellowship, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 2015-2018

University of California Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2015-2017

Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science, 2016

E.K.C. Lee Award, Department of Chemistry, UC Irvine, 2015

Outstanding Contributions to the Chemistry Department, UC Irvine School of Physical Sciences, 2015

UC Irvine Alumni Association Lauds and Laurels Outstanding Graduate Student, 2015

NSF Graduate Student Research Fellowship, 2011

NSF MCC Travel Award, 2011

UC Irvine Chancellor's Fellowship, 2009-2011

Harald V. Johnson Award for Effective Communication of Chemistry, 2009

Nominated to Sigma Xi, Claremont Colleges Chapter, 2009

Harvey Mudd Scholarship, 2005-2009

Harvey Mudd College Broccoli Scholar, 2008

NSF-REU Travel Award, 2006

CMC3 Foundation Scholarship, 2005