Group Photo taken on June 5th, 2017


Lee-Ping Wang - Group Leader

B.A. Physics, U.C. Berkeley, 2002-2006
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, MIT, 2006-2011
Postdoc, Physical Chemistry, Stanford, 2011-2015
Assistant Professor, Physical Chemistry, U.C. Davis, 2015-

Curriculum vitae (updated 9/21/2017)

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Yudong (Bruce) Qiu - Postdoctoral Researcher

B.S. Chemistry, Nanjing University, 2011
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, The University of Georgia, 2011-2015
Postdoc, Physical Chemistry, UC Davis, 2015-

Curriculum vitae

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Water desalination studies using quantum chemistry calculations and molecular dynamics simulations; Force field model development; Trajectory analysis and visualization tools

Marshall Hutchings - Ph.D. Student

B.S. Chemistry, Brigham Young University, 2015
Ph.D. student in Physical Chemistry, UC Davis, 2015-

Marshall is interested in method development and in using molecular dynamics to discover minimum-energy structures.


Nanhao Chen - Ph.D. Student

B.S. Pharmaceutical Science, Sun Yat-sen University, 2009-2013
M.S. Medicinal Chemistry, Sun Yat-sen University, 2013-2016
Ph.D. student in Physical Chemistry, UC Davis, 2016-

Nanhao is focusing on bio-molecular simulations and quantum chemistry calculations, particularly the evaluation of the protein conformational change and the mechanism of the enzyme catalytic reactions. He is also interested in mathematics and statistics.


Lisa Gong - Ph.D. Student

B.S. Chemical Engineering, U.C. Davis, 2010-2014
Ph.D. student in Physical Chemistry, U.C. Davis, 2016-

Interested in using the nanoreactor to study the oxidation mechanism of levulinic acid, including the initial discovery, smoothing and refinement of reaction pathways. Applying molecular dynamics to study substituted carbohydrates.


Hyesu Jang - Ph.D. Student

B.A. Chemistry, Ewha Womans University, 2009-2013
M.S. Physical Chemistry, Ewha Womans University, 2013-2015
Ph.D. student in Physical Chemistry, UC Davis, 2016-

Interested in electronic structure theory and electrochemical catalytic reactions. Currently using computational chemistry methods based on quantum chemistry for finding the mechanisms of chemical reactions, mainly CO2 reduction reaction.

Herman Dhillon - Undergraduate student, UC Davis '20

I'm investigating the minimum-energy configurations and reactivity of water-hydride anion clusters using ab initio molecular dynamics.





Zak Gruey - Undergraduate Student, UC Davis '17

I'm researching how different ligands affect selectivity in a ruthenium-based CO2 reduction electrocatalyst.




Muhimbo Karangizi - Undergraduate Student, UC Davis '20

Our planet is constantly changing and adapting. With increasing pressure on our natural ecosystems and the health of all living organisms, it is vital that we search for alternative energies to ensure sustainability for years to come. The research group I have joined is looking at CO2 reduction pathway catalysts. I hope our findings can help the enduring battle against climate change.


Paris Keighley - Undergraduate Student, UC Davis '20

I'm researching the gas-phase conformations of different glycopeptide isomers and whether it is possible to differentiate them in ion mobility mass spectrometry.




Johnson Liu - Undergraduate student, University of the Pacific '18 (Summer 2016 REU student)

I'm currently working on methods to detect reaction events more efficiently in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.





Minh Nguyen - Undergraduate student, UC Davis '19

I'm interested in renewable energy and currently focusing on thermodynamic hydricity calculations.






Hannah Reeves - Undergraduate Student, UC Davis '20

I’m using molecular dynamics simulation to study how the conformations of carbohydrates are influenced by chemical modifications.


John Stoppelman - Undergraduate Student, Loras College '18 (Summer 2017 REU student)

Interested in using quantum chemistry and molecular dynamics simulations to study bio-molecules, mainly proteins and their folding dynamics. Currently developing force-field parameters for phosphorylated amino acids.



Brian Yuen - Undergraduate Student, UC Davis '19

I'm currently developing a simulation workflow for glycoprotein isomers, and hope to look deeper into protein structure and function in the future.