Tyler Smart

Tyler Smart

Graduate Student


Ph.D. Physics Department, University of California-Santa Cruz
B.S. Physics, Humboldt State University

Research Interests

  • Electron/hole polaron formation and transport in doped transition metal oxides
  • Charged defects in two-dimensional for defect-based qubits
  • Chemical reactions for HER, OER, ORR at doped catalyst surface


Tyler Smart†, Feng Wu†, Marco Govoni and Yuan Ping, “Fundamental Principles for Calculating Charged Defect Ionization Energies in Ultrathin Two-Dimensional Materials”,  Physical Review Materials, 2, 124002 (2018).  arXiv:1808.03221

Tyler Smart†, Allison Cardiel†, Feng Wu, Kyoung-Shin Choi and Yuan Ping, “Mechanistic Insights of Enhanced Spin Polaron Conduction in CuO through Atomic Doping”, npj Computational Materials, 4, 61 (2018)

 Tianyi Kou†, Tyler Smart†, Bin Yao, Irwin Chen, David Thota, Yuan Ping, and Yat Li, “Theoretical and Experimental Insight into the Effect of Nitrogen Doping on Hydrogen Evolution Activity of Ni3S2 in Alkaline Medium”, Advanced Energy Materials, 8, 1703538 (2018).

Tyler J. Smart and Yuan Ping, “Effect of Defects on the Small Polaron Formation and Transport Properties of Hematite from First-Principles Calculations”, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 29, 394006 (2017).
Bingzhang Lu, Tyler J. Smart, Dongdong Qin, Jia En Lu, Nan Wang, Limei Chen, Yi Peng, Yuan Ping and Shaowei Chen, “Nitrogen and Iron-Codoped Carbon Hollow Nanotubules as High-Performance Catalysts toward Oxygen Reduction Reaction: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study”, Chemistry of Materials, 29, 5617-5628 (2017).


ARCS Scholarship
NSF Quantum Information Science and Engineering Award
GANN Fellowship (University of California - Santa Cruz).
Summa Cum Laude (Humboldt State University).

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