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Graduate student Yufei Liu recieved one of 20 outstanding poster awards (out of 400 total posters) on behalf of our group at ICT 2016.

Graduate student Fengchen (Will) Meng was honored by a IUCr young investigator award at IUCr Work in Shanghai, China

We had the pleasure of hosting a visit by Mr. Anthony DeCarlo and his class from Belton-Honea Path High School.

Fanchen Meng won the 2018 International Thermoelectric Society (ITS) Summer Fellowship that would support his summer research at Prof. Wu Li group at Shenzhen University

Fanchen Meng won the 2018 International Thermoelectric Society (ITS) Summer Fellowship that would support his summer research at Prof. Wu Li group at Shenzhen University.


  • August 2018: We welcome two new members this summer, graduate student Allen Benton, and visiting PhD student Xingchen Shen from Chongqin University, China.

  • August 2018: Yamei Liu presented an invited talk "Revisiting Ag2Se: A novel synthesis route to high thermoelectric performance" at MCARE 2018 in Vancouver, Canada, August 2018.

  • August 2018: Yamei Liu participated in the 2nd US school on total scattering at Oak Ridge National Lab, TN in August 2018.

  • July 2018: Daniel Fox finished a 10-week summer research internship at Savanah River National Lab supervised by Drs. Dale Hitchcock and Tim Krentz.

  • May 2018: Siyuan (Daniel) Shao graduated in May 2018 and will join the Master program in Materials Science and Engineering at UC San Diego.

  • May 2018: Joey Bonitati graduated in May 2018 and will join the PhD program in Physics at the Michigan State University (MSU), where he conducted a summer REU in the field of computational nuclear physics in 2017.

  • May 2018: Andrew Shore graduated in May 2018 and will join the PhD program in Physics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

  • March 2018: Fanchen Meng participated in the ICTP school on electron-phonon coupling from first principles, Trieste, Italy in March, 2018.

  • December 2017: Yufei Liu successfully defended his PhD thesis "On the Ground State and Evolution of Structural and Transport Properties of Tin Selenide" and graduated in December 2017.

  • December 2016: Menghan Zhou successfully defended her PhD thesis "Vanadium Diselenide: On the verge of charge density wave" and graduated in December 2016.

  • October 2016: Graduate student Yufei Liu recieved one of 20 outstanding poster awards (out of 400 total posters) on behalf of our group at ICT 2016.

  • August 2016: Undergraduate student Andrew Shore completed an REU under the mentorship of Dr. Chad Sosolik at Clemson University on the project Depth Analysis of Chromium Coated Stainless Steel for Nuclear Material Transportation.

  • June 2016: Former undergraduate student Chongze Hu (currently at the University of Minnesota, Twin-city for graduate study) gave an oral presentation on Probing the role of La fillers and Sb vacacines in CoSb3 skutterudites at ICT 2016.

  • June 2016: PhD student Fanchen Meng has presented his poster on Thermoelectric properties of monolayer PdS2 and PdSe2 by density functional theory and Boltzmann transport calculations at ICT 2016.

  • May 2016: PhD student Yufei Liu will present a poster at at the International Conference on Thermoelectrics in Wuhan, China from May 28 to June 3.

  • May 2016: Former undergraduate student Chongze Hu, working in collaboration with Dr. Jingsong Huang of ORNL, will give an oral presentation on The Roles of La Fillers and Sb Vacancies in CoSb3 at the International Conference on Thermoelectrics in Wuhan, China from May 28 to June 3.

  • May 2016: Dr. Sandra Jermenez Xichimitl and Mr. Osvaldo Lopez Hernandez (shown below) from Puebla University in Mexico conducted collaborative research.

  • May 2016: Senior Undergraduate Emily Thompson was featured in the following article: Smashing success: Physics honors graduate pursues path in particle physics.

  • May 2016: Rising senior Jalaan Avritte returns after spending a semester at King's College in London.

  • March 2016: Senior Emily Thompson and Sophmore Andrew Shore were both awarded recognition awards in mathematics at Clemson University.

  • March 2016: Sophmore Andrew Shore and former PhD student Dale Hitchcock went to the Spalation Neutron Source research facility at Oak Ridge National Lab.

  • April 2016: PhD students Yufei Liu and Menghan Zhou will attend MCARE 2016 in Clearwater FL.

  • April 2016: Congradulations to senior Emily Thompson who was awarded a prestigious NSF graduate fellowship.

  • August 2015: Seniors Jonathon Miller and Alex Liewald Graduated.