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:
  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.

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.
  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.

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.
  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.

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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