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THE
WANG GROUP

Quantum Chemistry for Materials Science

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News

October 20, 2022

Welcome to our new group member, Anthony Nguyen! Anthony is a first-year Ph.D. student and he received his B.S. in Psychology and Chemistry at Portland State University. 

October 13, 2022

Lakota Amore joined our group as an undergraduate researcher. He is a senior undergraduate student in UCSC Chemistry. Welcome Lakota!

September 26, 2022

Welcome to our first student in the group, Karim Aljamal! Karim is a first-year Ph.D. student and he received his B.S. in Chemistry at UCSC. 

September 9, 2022

Xiao gave a talk "Quantum Chemistry for Materials Science: Harnessing the Power of Wavefunction Theory" at the UCSC Chemistry & Biochemistry Fall Conference. 

August 22, 2022

A postdoc position is available in our group. Learn more on jobRxiv and Psi-k.

August 15, 2022

The Wang Group website is now live!

July 1, 2022

Xiao joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSC. Go slugs!!! 

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Research

We are a theory group driven by intriguing phenomena in materials science. We develop and apply quantum-mechanical methods to study problems in surface chemistry, molecular crystals, and strong light-matter interaction.

Surface Chemistry

We study chemical phenomena that occur on surfaces using computational tools. Leveraging the locality of active sites, we aim to develop efficient methods to elucidate surface reaction mechanisms and accelerate catalyst discovery.

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Molecular Crystals

Molecular crystals consist of discrete molecules held together by weak, non-bonded interactions, which make their simulations challenging. We study their chemical and physical properties with reliable computational tools for applications in drug development, organic semiconductors, and photovoltaics.

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Strong Light-Matter Interaction

Strong interaction between matter and confined light results in the formation of half-light half-matter states called polaritons, creating new routes to control chemical reactions. We are interested in studying cavity-modified chemistry of organic molecules, investigating low-dimensional materials in cavities, and developing multicomponent quantum chemistry methods for polaritons.

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Members

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Xiao Wang

Assistant Professor

Research Fellow, Flatiron Institute ('19-'22)

Postdoc, Virginia Tech ('16-'18)

PhD, University of Georgia ('16)

BS, Beihang University ('12)

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Karim Aljamal

Graduate Student

BS, UC Santa Cruz ('22)

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Anthony Nguyen

Graduate Student

BS, Portland State University ('22)

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Lakota Amore

Undergraduate Student

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J O I N   U S

Contact

831-459-2606

xwang431@ucsc.edu

Office 350, Physical Sciences Building

University of California, Santa Cruz
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
1156 High Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

 

Our team is looking for postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students who are passionate about theoretical and computational chemistry.

 

We are committed to building an inclusive environment and we welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds. Email Xiao for more information if you are interested in our team.

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