• Assistant Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
Xiaofeng Qian

Educational Background

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

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

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 MoirĂ© 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)