Xiaofeng Qian

Assistant Professor

Qian, Xiaofeng

Office: RDMC 224
Phone: 979.458.9843
Fax: 979.862.6835
Email: feng@tamu.edu

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Research Interests

  • Materials Theory, Discovery, and Design for Energy Applications and Device Design Aided by High-Throughput Computing
  • Two-Dimensional Materials and Their Coupled Multi-Physical Properties and Novel Device Concepts
  • Electronic, Thermal, and Ionic Transport in Energy Materials and Electronic and Optical Devices
  • First-Principles Methodology Development towards Efficient and Accurate Prediction of Ground-state and Excited-state Properties of Materials
  • Multiscale Materials Modeling of Complex Physical and Chemical Processes

Awards & Honors

  • 2006 Manson Benedict Fellowship, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT
  • 2005 Letter of Commendation for Outstanding Academic Performance, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT
  • 1999 Hosogoe Scholarship, Tsinghua University, China


  • Ph.D. Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA 2008
  • B.S. Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 2001

Selected Publications

A. Kushima, X. Qian, P. Zhao, S. Zhang, and J. Li. “Ripplocations in van der Waals layers”, Nano Lett., accepted (2015).

X. Qian, J. Liu, L. Fu, and J. Li. “Quantum spin Hall effect in two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides”, Science 346, 1344-1347 (2014)

M. Wu, X. Qian, and J. Li. “Tunable exciton funnel using Moiré superlattice in twisted van der Waals bilayer”, Nano Lett. 14, 5350-5357 (2014)

J. Feng, X. Qian, C.-W. Huang, and J. Li. “Strain-engineered artificial atom as a broad-spectrum solar energy funnel”, Nature Photonics 6, 865-871 (2012)

J. Qi, X. Qian, L. Qi, J. Feng, D. Shi, and J. Li. “Strain-engineering of band gaps in piezoelectric boron nitride nanoribbons”, Nano Lett. 12, 1224-1228 (2012)

X. Qian, P. Umari, and N. Marzari. “Photoelectron properties of DNA and RNA bases from many-body perturbation theory”, Phys. Rev. B 84, 075103 (2011)

P. Umari, X. Qian, N. Marzari, G. Stenuit, L. Giacomazzi, and S. Baroni. “Accelerating GW calculations with optimal polarizability basis”, Phys. Status Solidi B 248, 527-536 (2011)

X. Qian, J. Li, and S. Yip. “Calculating phase-coherent quantum transport in nanoelectronics with ab initio quasiatomic orbital basis set”, Phys. Rev. B 82, 195442 (2010)

X. Qian, J. Li, L. Qi, C.-Z. Wang, T.-L. Chan, Y.-X. Yao, K.-M. Ho, and S. Yip. “Quasiatomic orbitals for ab initio tight-binding analysis”, Phys. Rev. B 78, 245112 (2008)

X. Qian, J. Li, X. Lin, and S. Yip. “Time-dependent density functional theory with ultrasoft pseudopotentials: Real-time electron propagation across a molecular junction”, Phys. Rev. B 73, 035408 (2006)