Strong electron hole interactions in Si nanowire after light absorption and electronic excitation Excitons in Si Nanowire Strong dimensionality and anisotropy dependence of exciton lifetime in phosphorene Exciton Recombination Lifetime Understanding charge transfer at the photoanode/catalyst interface at the presence of liquid water for solar water splitting cells Optimizing the Photoanode/Catalyst Interface  Electron and proton transfer at the catalyst IrO2 surface interfaced with liquid water to generate O2 Catalyst Surface Response in Water Slide Slide

What We Do

We develop and employ theoretical and computational methods including Density Functional Theory, Many-Body Perturbation Theory and quantum dynamics for open systems, to understand and predict realistic 

complex materials’ properties including optical, spin and electron transport and catalytic properties at the atomistic levels, for energy conversion and quantum information applications. 

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Our Research

Current research topic: a) electronic excitation and spin dynamics including many body interactions; b) polaronic conduction in complex oxides; c) catalytic reactions at solid/liquid interfaces. 

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Resource our publications and documentation. Publications are presented in chronological order to view the evolution of our research and theoretical developments.

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Ping Group Joins DOE EFRC CHOISE Center

EFRC news: DOE Announces $540 Million for Technologies to Transform Energy Production and Cut Emissions The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced more than $540 million in awards for university- and National Laboratory-led research into clean energy technologies and low-carbon manufacturing. Most greenhouse-gas emissions come from the production and use of energy, so building...
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Nuclear spin polarization and control in hexagonal boron nitride

Congratulations to Xingyu Gao, Sumukh Vaidya, Kejun Li, Peng Ju, Boyang Jiang, Zhujing Xu, Andres E. Llacsahuanga Allcca, Kunhong Shen, Takashi Taniguchi, Kenji Watanabe, Sunil A. Bhave, Yong P. Chen, Yuan Ping, and Tongcang Li for their work for their work on “Nuclear spin polarization and control in a van der Waals material”, published in Nature Materials!  Link...
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DOE Computational Chemistry Award on Developing Advanced Chemical Sciences tools

Department of Energy Announces $18.3 Million for Research to Develop Advanced Chemical Sciences Simulation and Modeling Capabilities BES- CCS- Award List The capability to control chemical reactions using the spin of electrons, in the rapidly emerging field of “Spin Chemistry”, provides exciting opportunities to produce desired molecules with high selectivity and enhance the energy efficiency...
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Congratulations to ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Yuan Ping!

Congratulations to Professor Yuan Ping for her promotion to Associate Professor with tenure. Bravo, Professor Ping on this exceptionally well deserved recognition for all you do in science, teaching and service!  
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