UMass Physics Graduate Student Petite Profile:
University of Science and Technology of China
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.
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.
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.