University Professor of Chemistry , University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)
1000 Talents Program B (千人计划 B) Professor (Summer Research), USTC (中国科大) (Hefei, China)
Courtesy Professor, Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, UNL
Courtesy Professor, Department of Physics, UNL
Professor, Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, UNL
US Guggenheim Fellow, 2004
Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), 2005
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2007
Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), 2013
Research activities in my group are mainly focused on three areas:
(1) Chemical Physics of Phase Transition and Interfaces: Computational and theoretical studies of liquids and confined fluids, water (ice) in particular, and related topics such as interfaces, hydrophobicity, wetting, melting, surface tensions, nucleation, and solvation.
(2) Inorganic Clusters and Surface Catalysis: Structural evolution of clusters (in particular Au, Si, B and water), and nanocatalysis.
(3) Materials Chemistry and Nanoscience: Computer-aided design and study of nanostructured materials (two-dimensional monolayer materials in particular).
Research tools include Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics computer simulation, density-functional theory and ab initio quantum mechanical calculations. We use Linux (CentOS) Beowulf clusters of AMD Phenom II X4, X6, and Opteron (8-, 12-, and 16-cores), as well as Intel Core 2 Quad, i7 and Xeon workstations.
More detailed research activities can be found in:
Distinguished University Professor , UNL
2002-2006, Inaugural Willa Cather Professor , UNL
2001-, Professor, UNL
1998 - 2001, Associate Professor, UNL
1993 - 1998, Assistant Professor, UNL
- 1993, UCLA, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Physical Chemistry
1989 - 1992, University of Chicago, Postdoctoral Fellow, Physical Chemistry
1989, The Ohio State University, Ph.D, Condensed Matter and Chemical Physics
1984, Physics(物理), Peking University (北京大学), BS (Selected for Graduate Study in US via National CUSPEA program)
Institute of Chemical Physics, 2004-
Adjunct Professor, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, 2002-
Ministry of Education Senior Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), 2001
JSPS Fellowship, Okayama University (Japan), 1999
NSF/CGP Fellowship, Kyoto University (Japan), 1994-1995