Dr. Magdalena Laurien

Sessional Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Physics

Phone: (905) 648-2131   Ext:4245

Email: mlaurien@redeemer.ca

Office: 221C

Programs: Chemistry


Ph.D. (2021), Materials Science and Engineering, McMaster University

Dissertation: Electronic and optical properties of two-dimensional semiconductors: A study of group VI and VII transition metal dichalcogenides and phosphorene-like materials using density-functional and many-body Green’s-function methods.

M.A. (2017), Materials Science, University of Bremen

B.A. (2015), Biomimetics, Bremen University of Applied Sciences, Germany


  • Biomechanics (KPE-304)
  • Organic Chemistry I (CHE-221)
  • Physics II: Waves, Heat and Time (PHY-122)
  • Principles of Chemistry I (CHE-121)
  • Understanding Our World through the Sciences (SCI-210)


Magdalena Laurien grew up in Germany. Following her fascination with the natural world, she studied Biomimetics and Materials Science & Engineering before moving to Ontario, Canada, for doctoral studies in Computational Materials Science at McMaster University. She is interested in the structure-property-processing relationships of materials, including natural materials. Magdalena enjoys being outdoors and discussing with her husband how theology shapes all aspects of life. 

Selected Publications

Laurien, M., & Rubel, O. (2022). Benchmarking exchange-correlation potentials with the mstar60 dataset: Importance of the nonlocal exchange potential for effective mass calculations in semiconductors. Physical Review B106(4), 045204. https://journals.aps.org/prb/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevB.106.045204

Oliva, R., Laurien, M., Dybala, F., Kopaczek, J., Qin, Y., Tongay, S., … & Kudrawiec, R. (2019). Pressure dependence of direct optical transitions in ReS2 and ReSe2. npj 2D Materials and Applications3(1), 1-8. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41699-019-0102-x

Laurien, M., Demir, B., Büttemeyer, H., Herrmann, A. S., Walsh, T. R., & Ciacchi, L. C. (2018). Atomistic modeling of the formation of a thermoset/thermoplastic interphase during co-curing. Macromolecules51(11), 3983-3993. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.macromol.8b00736