Graduate Research Highlights

October 2018: Tiange Bi

Tiange Bi

Tiange Bi, 5th-year Ph.D. student in Prof. Zurek’s group

Notable recent achievements

First author publications:

  1. Bi, Tiange; Zarifi, Niloofar; Terpstra, Tyson; Zurek, Eva “The Search for Superconducting Hydrides”; in “Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering” 2018, Accepted, ed. by Reedijk, J., Invited Review.  Preprint: https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.00163
  2. Bi, Tiange; Miller, Daniel P.; Shamp, Andrew; Zurek, Eva; “Superconducting Phases of Phosphorus Hydride Under Pressure: Stabilization by Mobile Molecular Hydrogen.” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 10192–10195.  https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/anie.201701660

Theoretical first author publications:

  1. Shelton, Hannah; Bi, Tiange; Zurek, Eva; Smith, Jesse; Dera, Przemyslaw; “The Ideal Crystal Structure of Cristobalite X-I: A Bridge in SiO2 Densification” J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, 122, 17437–17446.  https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b04282
  2. Zhang, Rong; Cai, Weizhao; Bi, Tiange; Zarifi, Niloofar; Terpstra, Tyson; Zhang, Chuang; Vardeny, Z. Valy; Zurek, Eva; Deemyad, Shanti; “Effects of Non-Hydrostatic Stress on Structural and Optoelectronic Properties of Methylammonium Lead Bromide Perovskite.” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2017, 8, 3457–3465.  https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01367

Other publications:

  1. Fu, Zhongheng; Bi, Tiange; Zhang, Shihao; Chen, Shu; Zurek, Eva; Legut, Dominik; Germann, Timothy; Lookman, Turab; Zhang, Ruifeng; “AnchoringEffectof Distorted Octahedra on the Stability and Strength of Platinum Metal Pernitrides” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2018, submitted.
  2. Zarifi, Niloofar; Bi, Tiange; Liu, Hanyu; Zurek, Eva; “Crystal Structures and Properties of Iron Hydrides at High Pressure” J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, Just Accepted Manuscript.  https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b06934
  3. Shamp, Andrew; Terpstra, Tyson; Bi, Tiange; Falls, Zackary; Avery, Patrick; Zurek, Eva; “Decomposition products of phosphine under pressure: PH2 stable and superconducting?” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 1884–1892.  https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jacs.5b10180

Research highlight

My research in Prof. Eva Zurek’s group mainly focuses on predicting the structures of materials at high pressures using the open-source evolutionary algorithm XTALOPT coupled with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. My interests include superconductors, photovoltaic materials, as well as compounds of geologic relevance.

I enjoy being a graduate student at UB because it provides all kinds of opportunities and trainings, which prepares me to be a better researcher.

In my spare time, I enjoy doing volunteer works related to chemistry education and charity, watching movies, traveling to collect national park stamps, and cooking.

Congratulations, Tiange!

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