Department Faculty

Yuan Ping
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences
  • Department
    • Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
  • Affiliations Physics Department
  • Phone
    831-459-1390 (Office), 831-459-2874 (Lab)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Physical Sciences Building, 354
    • Physical Sciences Bldg 354 (Office)
    • Physical Sciences Bldg 330 (Lab)
  • Mail Stop Chemistry
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz California 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Chemistry, Material Science
  • Courses 163A Quantum Mechanics and Basic Spectroscopy, 263 Quantum Mechanics for graduates

Summary of Expertise

Theoretical chemistry, materials chemistry, electronic structure, optical, carrier transport and catalytic properties of transition metal oxides and interfaces, defect physics, low dimensional materials, solar energy conversion, quantum information

Research Interests

My research interests focus on developing and employing theoretical and computational techniques to solve problems related to energy conversion and quantum information applications, for example to understand and predict materials for photovoltaic, artificial photosynthesis (water splitting and CO2 reduction), and fuel cell applications. Specifically we are currently interested in: 1) Optical properties – study light absorption and excitonic effects for complex semiconducting oxides and low dimensional materials based on many body perturbation theory (GW-BSE), with a method avoiding explicit empty states, storage and inversion of dielectric matrix; 2) Polaronic transport  – study effects of dopant and structural modifications on carrier transport properties of metal oxides from first principles, especially concerning the presence of strong electron-phonon interactions; 3) Complex solid/liquid interfaces – study charge transfer and catalytic properties at solid/liquid interfaces by using implicit and explicit solvents. The key is to tightly connect theoretical and computational predictions with experimental observations, by identifying important theoretical questions whose answers will eventually provide guidance to experiments and suggestions for new materials/architecture design with superior functionalities.


Biography, Education and Training

  • 2007, B.S. Chemical Physics, University of Science and Technology of China
  • 2013, Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of California, Davis (under supervision of Prof. Giulia Galli, currently at the University of Chicago)
  • 2016, Materials Postdoctoral Fellow, Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis- a DOE energy innovation hub, California Institute of Technology/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (under supervision of Prof. William A. Goddard III)

Honors, Awards and Grants

Hellman Fellow - 2018

NSF DMR-CMMT single PI award - 2018

Selected Publications


Teaching Interests

Quantum Mechanics, Solid State Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Computational simulations of molecular and solid state systems