Wu's Condensed Matter Theory Group


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Group Leader





Prof. Zhigang Wu
Email: zhiwu@mines.edu

Members (2015)




Marc Dvorak (PhD student, Email: mdvorak@mines.edu)
Research Projects:
  • Phase transitions of solid hydrogen under ultrahigh pressures
  • Electronic excitations in bulk and nanoscale semiconducting materials
  • Electronic properties of complex graphene structures



Roxanne Tutchton (PhD student, Email: rtutchto@mines.edu)
Research Projects:
  • Electron-phonon coupling in periodic nanostructures
  • Superconductivity in materials under ultrahigh pressure
  • CO2-H2O systems under extreme conditions



Christopher W. Twombly (MS student, Email: ctwombly@mines.edu)
Research Projects:
  • Transport and thermoelectricity in defected graphene



Philip G. Beltracchi (UG/MS student, Email: pbeltrac@mines.edu)
Research Projects:
  • Superconductivity at Nanoscale
  • Perovskite solar cells



K Rainer Corley (UG student, Email: kcorley@mines.edu)
Research Projects:
  • Topological insulators under high pressure



Robert A. Ariniello (UG student, Email: rarinie@mines.edu)
Research Projects:
  • Topological insulators under high pressure



Kento Okamoto (UG student, Email: kokamoto@mines.edu)
Research Projects:
  • Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites for solar cells



Nicholas C. Kelling (UG student, Email: nkelling@mines.edu)
Research Projects:
  • Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites for solar cells



Tyler Hansel (UG student, Email: tthansel@gmail.com)
Research Projects:
  • Electron-phonon coupling at nanoscale


Former Members





Dr. Xinquan Wang (Postdoc Research Associate)
Time in group: 2013-2014
Research Projects:
  • Twisitng and bending silicon nanowires
  • Bilayer materials
  • Method development of electronic excitations






Huashan Li (PhD student)
Time in group: 2010-2014
Position after gradiuation: Postdoc, MIT
Research Projects:
  • Surface structures and passivation of nanomaterials
  • Charge and energy transfer at nanoscale interfaces
Thesis title:
Si Quantum Dots Mesomaterial for Improved Optical Properties and
Charge Dynamics on Third Generation Photovoltaic Composites



Dr. Zhaohui Huang (Postdoc Research Associate)
Time in group: 2013-2014
Research Projects:
  • Inorganic clathrates for renewable energy
  • Intermediate-band photovoltaic materials



Andrew Franson (UG student, Email: afranson@mines.edu)
Time in group: 2013-2014
Research Projects:
  • Electron-phonon interaction in semiconducting materials



Spencer Hanson (UG student, Email: shanson@mines.edu)
Time in group: 2013-2014
Research Projects:
  • Superconductivity at nanoscale



Christopher Marchbanks (UG student)
Time in group: 2011-2013
Research Projects:
  • Phonon bandstructures of silicon nanowires
  • Electron-phonon interaction in semiconducting materials



Dr. Paul Larson (Postdoc Research Associate)
Time in group: 2011-2013
Research Projects:
  • Complex nanoscale materials
  • Method development of electronic excitations
  • Confined water in fullerene



Adam Carreon (UG student)
Time in group: 2012-2013
Research Projects:
  • Density functional development for aqueous fluids simulation




William Oswald (UG/MS student)
Time in group: 2009-2012
Position after graduation: design manager, the SI organization
Research Projects:
  • GW calculations of nanoscale materials
  • Graphene band structure engineering
Thesis title:
First-principles calculations of graphene nanomesh band structures



Juinjay Chiang (UG student)
Time in group: 2011-2012
Research Projects:
  • Graphene nanomeshes with complex hole-edge structures



Blake Knoll (UG student)
Time in group: 2011-2012
Research Projects:
  • Electronic structures of ZnO nanowires



Douglas Vodnik (UG student)
Time in group: summer of 2011
Research Projects:
  • Graphene nanomeshes and complex graphene structures



Sean Driscoll (UG student)
Time in group: 2010-2011
Research Projects:
  • Electronic structures of solid hydrogen under ultrahigh pressures