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Thermoelectric material is promising, but its application is still limited due to its relatively low efficiency. Besides that it is practically useful, studying the transport phenomena involves rich physics (electron-phonon and phonon-phonon interactions, spin Seebeck). We are looking for the predicting power from first-principles calculations, combined with solution to Boltzmann’s transport equation.
My previous work mainly focused on ab initio study of thermodynamic properties of solids, and solid-to-solid phase transitions. In particular, I was interested in the kinetics of pressure-induced reconstructive and displacive phase transitions, where the transformation pathways and the kinetic barriers (which makes diamond precious) were predicted. I have also worked on the oxidation mechanism of SiC and SiCO.
2011 — 2013 Université de Liège
2009 — 2010 The University of Texas at Arlington
2003 — 2009 Auburn University
Ph.D. in Physics (Computational Condensed Matter Physics)
Dissertation: Theoretical Study of Pressure-Induced Phase Transitions and Thermal Properties for Main-Group Oxides and Nitrides
1998 — 2003 University of Science and Technology of China
B.S. in Physics (Applied Physics)
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