Olivier C. Gagné

Banting and Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow

Earth and Planets Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science


  • Address: Earth and Planets Laboratory Carnegie Institution for Science 5251 Broad Branch Rd. NW Washington D.C. 20015

  • Office: A-G08

  • Phone: +1 (202) 478-8958

  • Email: ogagne@carnegiescience.edu


I'm a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Earth and Planets Laboratory, Washington D.C.

My research primarily focuses on chemical bonding in the solid state, with emphasis on the compositional and structural aspects underpinning the functional properties of inorganic materials. My research encompasses the systematic description of chemical-bonding behavior for entire classes of materials (e.g., oxides, nitrides, chalcogenides) to facilitate identification, quantification and particularly, prediction of anomalous bonding behavior. I primarily use this knowledge to investigate the reasons underlying ion substitutions in solids toward an atomistic model of semiconductor doping, and to identify transferable bonding phenomena bearing functional properties to unearth uncharted chemical and structural spaces that are beyond the reach of high-throughput computational methods.

Outside of science, I can be found climbing, skydiving, playing tennis, or adventuring in the great outdoors.

Research themes at-a-glance

  • Atomistic modeling of semiconductor doping via foreign ions

  • Exploratory synthesis of bulk and trace/minor element inorganic materials, with particular emphasis on the design of eco-friendly energy materials and power electronics

  • Systematic description of chemical bonding behavior for inorganic compounds