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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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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Carbon trimer as a 2 eV single-photon emitter candidate in hexagonal boron nitride: A first-principles study

Congratulations to Kejun Li, Dr. Tyler Smart and Prof. Yuan Ping for their work on “Carbon Trimeras a 2 eV Single-Photon Emitter Candidate in Hexagonal Boron Nitride – A First-Principles Study”, published in Physical Review Materials!  Link to the published article. This work was also selected as Editors’ Suggestion in APS PRM highlight. Abstract: The generation...
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Professor Yuan Ping Wins Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship

News report from UCSC: The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship to Yuan Ping, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC Santa Cruz. The prestigious two-year fellowship includes a grant of $75,000 to support Ping’s research, which focuses on developing first-principles computational platforms to study the physical processes critical to...
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Materials Theorist Yuan Ping Wins NSF CAREER Award

News report from UCSC: Yuan Ping, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC Santa Cruz, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her work developing computational platforms to investigate the physics of new materials for quantum computers and other applications of quantum information science....
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