Group picnic, October 2019 (scroll down for list of current members)
Jianwei Sun received his Ph.D in physics from Tulane University in 2010, where he remained as postdoc until 2013. He then moved to the College of Science and Technology at Temple University as a Research Assistant Professor of Physics (promoted to Research Associate Professor of Physics in 2015). He moved to the University of Texas at El Paso as an Assistant Professor on July 2016, and then to Tulane University as an Assistant Professor on July 2017. Jianwei Sun has been working on the development of density functional theory (DFT) and its applications for more than 10 years. The SCAN density functional he recently developed with his collaborators has had successful applications throughout materials science, condensed matter physics, chemistry, and biology. In 2016, he received the Young Scientist Prize of the Commission 20 (C20) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). In 2021, he received the NSF CAREER Award.
James Furness received his PhD from the University of Nottingham, England in 2016, for research into current-density-functional theory and the optimised effective potential. He is currently developing and implementing hyper-GGA density-functional methods for strongly correlated systems alongside development of general meta-GGA functionals.
Jinliang Ning received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Yanshan University, P. R. China in 2016. He joined Jianwei Sun’s group as a postdoc in March 2017 studying the density functional computation of phase transitions, 2D materials in catalysis, and structure-property relationships.
Ruiqi Zhang received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from University of Science and Technology of China, P. R. China in 2018. During his PhD, his main focus was on two-dimensional functional materials. He joined Jianwei Sun’s group as a postdoc in October 2018 to develop van der Waals functionals and study topological superconductors.
Henry Fitzhugh joined Dr. Jianwei Sun’s MatComp group in September of 2018. Henry’s current research focuses on molecular magnets and heteromaterials involving molecular magnets. His interests include spin-based quantum information processing, functional development and performance for molecular magnetic systems, quantum algorithms for quantum chemistry, and physics pedagogy. He has a Bachelors of Physics from Tulane.
Lin Hou joined Dr. Jianwei Sun’s MatComp group in August of 2019 as a first year graduate student. He has a Bachelors of Physics from Dalian University of technology. His research interest is in electron phonon coupling.
Jamin Kidd joined the MaTComp group as an undergraduate in 2018 and graduated with a double major in Physics and Math in 2020. He is primarily interested in applying concepts from algebraic topology to solid state physics. His current research uses DFT to study topological Kondo materials.
Manish Kothakonda received his Integrated Masters in Physics from University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad-India, in 2014. He joined Dr. Jainwei Sun’s Research Group as a Graduate Student in October 2017 and is currently working on modelling the Electronic, magnetic, structural properties of surfaces and interfaces with applications for catalysis and optoelectronics.
Luis A Lopez-Macias
Luis Lopez Macias received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA, in 2018. He is currently working on controlling localization and delocalization Errors in Density Functional Theory.
Kanun Pokharel is a third-year graduate student who joined Dr. Jianwei Sun’s MatComp group in October 2017. His research focusses on High Temperature superconductors, especially Cuprates. His research includes using various functionals to better understand behaviour of cuprates. He is also working on using Machine Learning approaches to Density Functional Theory.
Phil Rinaldi is a junior studying Physics and Computer Science at Tulane University. He joined the MatComp group in October 2019 and his research involves using Machine Learning techniques to study Density Functional Theory.
Asher Burkin, undergraduate at Tulane.
Elena Lompado, undergraduate at Tulane.
Josh Prager, undergraduate at Tulane.
Jian Yang, visiting scholar from UST Beijing.
Michael Zengel, research intern from Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans.