UMass Physics Graduate Student Petite Profile:


Yipeng Yang

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Science and Technology of China
Research:
I am working on organic solar cells fabricated with an innovative nanoparticle self-assembly method. As part of PHaSE (Polymer-Based Materials for Harvesting Solar Energy) center at UMass Amherst, this work was funded by Department of Energy. The thin films made from this technique have shown competitive charge carrier mobility, promising benefits by converting semiconductor nanoparticles to high efficiency organic solar cells with optimized molecular packing at the scale of 10-100nm. 
Your go-to science themed movie and television show:
The Big Bang Theory: for the very first time, my non-science friends have a sense (not perfectly accurate though) of physics PHDs’ life.
About Music:
Big fan of traditional Chinese pop music, especially solos, a little bit into the rock funky stuff in recent years. I was the winner of a singing competition in my college, and used to perform in a bar back in my young days. I haven’t performed for years. Maybe I will pick it up, maybe not.
Favorite Restaurant:
Panda East in Amherst downtown. They have a new Sichuan cook, who makes absolutely the best authentic Chinese food that I ever had in this country! You cannot miss it if you are into spicy food. Must try: boiling fish, lamb sticks (not sure about the translation though)
 Favorite travelling destination:
Las Vegas! Great hotels, great food, great shows! It’s a nice complement to the quiet life in Amherst, and totally affordable because I don’t gamble.
Fun project(s) outside research:
Data science has been my playground when I have spare time.
I built a hierarchical linear model for the repeated measurements of surface roughness collaborating with a chemistry group at Smith College, in order to explore the effect of a chemical treatment on silicon wafers at nm-scale.

I also provided technical support for a company with a new cooling system, manipulated more than 10,000 data points and validated the advantage of the new system.

UMass Physics Graduate Student Petite Profile:

Yipeng Yang

Undergraduate Institution:

University of Science and Technology of China

Research:

I am working on organic solar cells fabricated with an innovative nanoparticle self-assembly method. As part of PHaSE (Polymer-Based Materials for Harvesting Solar Energy) center at UMass Amherst, this work was funded by Department of Energy. The thin films made from this technique have shown competitive charge carrier mobility, promising benefits by converting semiconductor nanoparticles to high efficiency organic solar cells with optimized molecular packing at the scale of 10-100nm. 

Your go-to science themed movie and television show:

The Big Bang Theory: for the very first time, my non-science friends have a sense (not perfectly accurate though) of physics PHDs’ life.

About Music:

Big fan of traditional Chinese pop music, especially solos, a little bit into the rock funky stuff in recent years. I was the winner of a singing competition in my college, and used to perform in a bar back in my young days. I haven’t performed for years. Maybe I will pick it up, maybe not.

Favorite Restaurant:

Panda East in Amherst downtown. They have a new Sichuan cook, who makes absolutely the best authentic Chinese food that I ever had in this country! You cannot miss it if you are into spicy food. Must try: boiling fish, lamb sticks (not sure about the translation though)

 Favorite travelling destination:

Las Vegas! Great hotels, great food, great shows! It’s a nice complement to the quiet life in Amherst, and totally affordable because I don’t gamble.

Fun project(s) outside research:

Data science has been my playground when I have spare time.

I built a hierarchical linear model for the repeated measurements of surface roughness collaborating with a chemistry group at Smith College, in order to explore the effect of a chemical treatment on silicon wafers at nm-scale.

I also provided technical support for a company with a new cooling system, manipulated more than 10,000 data points and validated the advantage of the new system.

physicsphysics

thatscienceguy:

Lightning Appreciation Post:

  • There are nearly 500 lightning strikes every second around the world.
  • Only about 100 of these strike the earth, the others are between and within the clouds themselves.
  • Lightning is very visible from space (last gif from Astronaut Reid Wiseman)
  • Besides regular storms (thunder storms, hurricanes, etc.) lightning can be found in volcanoes (gif 3) and even intense forest fires.

In conclusion: nature is fucking awesome!

UMass Physics Graduate Student Petite Profile: 
Sereres Johnston
Undergraduate Institution:
Andrews University (southwest Michigan)
Research: 
Search for rare nuclear decays providing insight into the nature and mass of neutrinos. I work on the EXO-200 collaboration with our detector located in a salt mine in New Mexico. I am also working on building a test-bed cryostat system here at UMass in Andrea Pocar’s Lab.
Your go-to science themed movie and television show:
I have a box set of all the Stargate SG1 and Atlantis seasons and we will count these as scientific because they are awesome. I also have an unhealthy love of crime solving shows like Bones or Castle because of the shiny happy people and because the mystery is always solved in 40 minutes - which unfortunately never happens in my work.
Favorite Music:
Rammstein, E Nomine, Megaherz, ASP, Oomph!, Eisbrecher, Laibach, Lacrimosa, Samael, Nachtblut, KMFDM, etc.
Recent Books:
Just finished “An Anthropologist on Mars” by Oliver Sacks this week. I mostly read on the bus to and from campus. Earlier this year I read “The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire, and Phosphorus” by John Emsley, and I’m currently reading “A Distant Mirror: the Calamitous 14th Century” by Barbara W. Tuchman. The last fiction book i read was “Changling Eyes” by L.A. Catron, who happened to go to high school with me and grad school for literature just a few years before I started here - I’m super pleased she’s been published!
Secret Spot:
In a tree somewhere. Everything seems better when you’re looking down from a gently rocking tree watching birds and insects come and go. Sometimes there’s a book too.
Fun project(s) outside research:
A lot of cooking projects of various sorts - canning apple sauce from the randomly large harvest around my apartment complex last fall, grapes the year before, mint the year before that. Strawberries also happened for a few years. This year might be elderberries, depending if I’m around and they have a good year. Apart from the main project in a year, there’s a lot of other more minor projects. 

UMass Physics Graduate Student Petite Profile: 


Sereres Johnston

Undergraduate Institution:

Andrews University (southwest Michigan)

Research:

Search for rare nuclear decays providing insight into the nature and mass of neutrinos. I work on the EXO-200 collaboration with our detector located in a salt mine in New Mexico. I am also working on building a test-bed cryostat system here at UMass in Andrea Pocar’s Lab.

Your go-to science themed movie and television show:

I have a box set of all the Stargate SG1 and Atlantis seasons and we will count these as scientific because they are awesome. I also have an unhealthy love of crime solving shows like Bones or Castle because of the shiny happy people and because the mystery is always solved in 40 minutes - which unfortunately never happens in my work.

Favorite Music:

Rammstein, E Nomine, Megaherz, ASP, Oomph!, Eisbrecher, Laibach, Lacrimosa, Samael, Nachtblut, KMFDM, etc.

Recent Books:

Just finished “An Anthropologist on Mars” by Oliver Sacks this week. I mostly read on the bus to and from campus. Earlier this year I read “The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire, and Phosphorus” by John Emsley, and I’m currently reading “A Distant Mirror: the Calamitous 14th Century” by Barbara W. Tuchman. The last fiction book i read was “Changling Eyes” by L.A. Catron, who happened to go to high school with me and grad school for literature just a few years before I started here - I’m super pleased she’s been published!

Secret Spot:

In a tree somewhere. Everything seems better when you’re looking down from a gently rocking tree watching birds and insects come and go. Sometimes there’s a book too.

Fun project(s) outside research:

A lot of cooking projects of various sorts - canning apple sauce from the randomly large harvest around my apartment complex last fall, grapes the year before, mint the year before that. Strawberries also happened for a few years. This year might be elderberries, depending if I’m around and they have a good year. Apart from the main project in a year, there’s a lot of other more minor projects.