Group Members

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Principal Investigator

Dr. Yuan Ping

Dr. Yuan Ping became an associate professor in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department at UCSC during the summer of 2016. Before coming to UCSC, she was a postdoctoral fellow at California Institute of Technology (Advisor: William Goddard III) and obtained her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Davis (Advisor: Giulia Galli).

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Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Junqing Xu

Dr. Junqing Xu joined the Ping Group on Decmber 19, 2018. He has spent the past year as a postdoc at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany and previously graduated with a PhD from the National Synchotron Radiation Laboratory at the University of Science and Technology of China.

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Graduate Students

Tyler Smart

Tyler joined the Ping Group on August 8, 2016. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.S. in Physics and is currently working on his Ph.D in Physics at UCSC.

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Valentin Urena Baltazar

Valentin joined the Ping Group on April 24, 2018. He graduated from UCSC with a B.S. in Physics and is now working on his Ph.D in Physics at UCSC.

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Chunhao Guo

Chunhao joined the Ping Group on August 13, 2018. He graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China with a B.S. in Applied Physics and is now working on his Ph.D in Chemistry at UCSC.

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Kejun Li

Kejun joined the Ping Group on October 4, 2019. He previously obtained his M.S. in Applied Physics from the University of Tsukuba and his B.S. in Material Physics from the University of Science and Technology Beijing. He is now working on his Ph.D in Physics at UCSC.

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Undergraduate Students

Zachary Sanders-Bellis

Zachary joined the Ping Group on April 20, 2018. He graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from UCSC in the spring of 2019.

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Collaborative Graduate Students

Bingzhang Lu

Bingzhang joined the Ping Group on October 1, 2016. He graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China with a B.S. in Chemistry. He is currently working on his Ph.D in Chemistry at UCSC and is primarily advised by Professor Shaowei Chen.

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Mingpeng Chen

Mingpeng joined the Ping Group on January 17, 2018. He graduated from Tianjin University with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering. He is currently working on his Ph.D in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSC and is primarily advised by Professor Yat Li.

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Group Alumni