Eric Ganz

Eric Ganz

Eric Ganz

Associate Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy


Physics And Nanotechnology Building
Room 319
115 Union St. Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Minnesota Supercomputing Institute

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1988

B.S., Stanford University, 1982

Professional Background

I am interested in modeling the properties of novel materials. This can include 2 dimensional materials, as well as porous frameworks materials such as metal organic frameworks and covalent organic framework materials. These new porous materials are built from molecular building blocks, and so can be designed to provide a very wide range of capabilities.


I'm a solid-state physicist with interests in computational studies of materials. Currently I am studying new classes of porous materials called metal organic frameworks, as well as two-dimensional materials.

Research Interests

I am interested in modeling the properties of novel materials.

We continue to explore a wide variety of topics in catalysis, melting, adsorption, and new 2D materials. We have also been studying single atom catalysts mounted in novel 2D layers.

We have just completed a new study on a novel AlB6 quasi-2D monolayer in 2019. This material has remarkable properties including high stability, a very high in-plane stiffness, and potential superconductivity. It is formed from layers of Boron sheets surrounding planar tetracoordinate Aluminum atoms. Our calculations predict superconductivity at 4 Kelvin.

Selected Publications
  1. Eric Ganz, Ariel B. Ganz, Li-Ming Yang and Matthew Dornfeld , The initial stages of melting of graphene between 4000 K and 6000 KPhys. Chem. Chem. Phys. [abstract]
  2. Li-Ming Yang, Ariel B. Ganz, Matthew Dornfeld and Eric Ganz, Computational Study of Quasi-2D Liquid State in Free Standing Platinum, Silver, Gold, and Copper MonolayersCondensed Matter [abstract] [download condensedmatter-01-00001(1).pdf]
  3. Li-Ming Yang, Eric Ganz, Zhongfang Chen, Zhi-Xiang Wang and Paul von Ragué Schleyer, Four Decades of the Chemistry of Planar Hypercoordinate CompoundsAngewandte Chemie International Edition [abstract]
  4. Yang L, Yang V, Popov I A, Boldyrev A I, Heine T, Frauenheim T, Ganz E., Two-Dimensional Cu2Si Monolayer with Planar Hexacoordinate Copper and Silicon BondingJournal of the American Chemical Society [abstract]
  5. Shabeer Ahmad Mian, Li-Ming Yang, Leton Chandra Saha, Ejaz Ahmed, Ajmal Muhammad, Eric Ganz, A Fundamental Understanding of Catechol and Water Adsorption on a Hydrophilic Silica Surface: Exploring the Underwater Adhesion Mechanism of Mussels on an Atomic ScaleLangmuir [abstract]
  6. Li-Ming Yang, Eric D Ganz, Stian Svelle and Mats Tilset , Computational Exploration of Newly Synthesized Zirconium Metal-Organic Frameworks UiO-66, 67, 68 and AnaloguesJ. Mater. Chem. C [abstract]
  7. L.-M. Yang, G.-Y. Fang, J. Ma, E. Ganz, and S.S. Han, Band Gap Engineering of MOF-5 by Atom SubstitutionJ. Mol. Chem. C
  8. E. Ganz* and M. Dornfeld, Energetics and Thermodynamics of the Initial Stages of Hydrogen Storage by Spillover on Prototypical Metal-Organic Framework and Covalent-Organic Framework MaterialsJ. Phys. Chem. C [abstract]
  9. Eric Ganz and Matthew Dornfeld, Storage Capacity of Metal-Organic and Covalent-Organic Frameworks by Hydrogen SpilloverJ. Phys. Chem. C. 116, 3661 [abstract] [download jp2106154.pdf]
  10. Mayur Suri, Matthew Dornfeld, and Eric Ganz, Calculation of hydrogen storage capacity of metal-organic and covalentorganic frameworks by spillover, [abstract] [download JCPSA613117174703_1.pdf]
  11. T. Sagara and E. Ganz, “Calculations of Dihydrogen Binding to Doped Carbon Nanostructures”, J. Phys. Chem. C. (2008)
  12. T. Sagara, J. Ortony, and E. Ganz, New isoreticular metal-organic framework materials for high hydrogen storage capacity, Journal of Chemical Physics [abstract] [download C:\Users\Eric\Documents\Papers\Ganz\New isoreticular metal-o]