Xiao Cheng Zeng (曾晓成)

Ameritas University Professor of Chemistry , University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)
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

Computational Chemistry/Physics/Nano-Materials Science

Research activities in my group are mainly focused on three areas: (1) 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) Structural evolution of clusters (in particular Au, Si, B and water), and nanocatalysis. (3) Computer-aided design and study of nanostructured materials (nanotubes, nanofilms, nanoribbons and nanoparticles).

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.