Carnegie Mellon University

Michael Widom

Michael Widom

Professor, Physics
Courtesy Appointment, Materials Science & Engineering

  • Wean Hall 6305
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • Professor of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 1995–
  • Professor of Materials Science & Engineering (Courtesy), 2011–
  • Visiting Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh Medical School, 2007–16
  • Visiting Professor, Université Paris VI (France), 1999
  • Visiting Professor, Université Paris VII (France), 1996
  • Visiting Professor, Université Paris Sud (France), 1993
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Cornell University, 1991–92
  • Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 1990–94
  • Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 1985–90
  • Post-doctoral Research: Harvard University, 1983–85


  • Ph.D. University of Chicago (1983)
  • B.A. Cornell University (1980)


Widom's research includes quantum physics-based prediction of alloy structure and thermodynamic stability.


H. Zhang, S. Yao, M. WidomPredicted phase diagram of boron-carbon-nitrogen, Phys. Rev. B 93, 144107 (2016)

M. Widom, M. Metall, Mat Trans A, Entropy and Diffuse Scattering: Comparison of NbTiVZr and CrMoNbV, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A 47, 3306 (2016)

M. Hutchinson, M. Widom, Enumeration of octagonal tilingsTheoretical Computer Science 598, 40 (2015)

Sanxi Yao, W.P. Huhn, M. Widom, Phase transitions of boron carbide: Pair interaction model of high carbon limitSolid State Sciences 47, 21 (2015) 

M. Hutchinson, M. Widom, Enumeration of octagonal tilingsTheoretical Computer Science 598, 40 (2015) 

Khandker Quader, Michael Widom, Lifshitz and other transitions in alkaline-earth 122 pnictides under pressurePhysical Review B 90, 144512 (2014) 

Qin Gao, Michael Widom, First-principles study of bismuth films at transition-metal grain boundariesPhysical Review B 90, 144102 (2014) 

William Paul Huhn, Michael Widom, Andrew M. Cheung, Gary J. Shiflet, S. Joseph Poon, John Lewandowski, First-principles calculation of elastic moduli of early-late transition metal alloysPhys. Rev. B 89, 104103 (2014)

R. Feenstra, N. Srivastava, Qin Gao, M. Widom, Bogdan Diaconescu, Taisuke Ohta, G. Kellogg, J. Robinson, I. Vlassiouk, Low-energy electron reflectivity from graphenePhys. Rev. B 87, 41406 (2013) 

Chang-You Lin, Michael Widom, Robert F. Sekerka, Mean-field density functional theory of a three-phase contact linePhys. Rev. E 85, 11120 (2012) 

Ben Sauerwine, Michael Widom, Kinetic Monte Carlo method applied to nucleic acid hairpin foldingPhys. Rev. E 84, 61912 (2011) 

P. Ganesh, M. Widom, Liquid-Liquid Transition in Supercooled Silicon Determined by First-Principles SimulationPhysical Review Letters 102, 75701 (2009) 

Zheng Yang, Ivet Bahar, Michael Widom, Vibrational Dynamics of Icosahedrally Symmetric Biomolecular Assemblies Compared with Predictions Based on Continuum ElasticityBiophysical Journal 96, 4438 (2009) 

M. Widom, M. Mihalkovič, Symmetry-broken crystal structure of elemental boron at low temperaturePhys. Rev. B 77, 64113 (2008) 

M. Widom, J. Lidmar, David Nelson, Soft modes near the buckling transition of icosahedral shellsPhys. Rev. E 76, 31911 (2007)