Cai-Zhuang Wang

Scientist II
A506 Zaffarano Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Phone 515-294-6934
Fax 515-294-0689

Research Interests

  • Condensed matter physics and computational materials science
  • develop tight-binding potentials and tight-binding molecular dynamics method for materials simulations
  • atomistic modeling and simulation study of structural, dynamical and electronic properties as well as phase transformation of condensed matter systems and molecules, including:
    • liquid and amorphous materials
    • defects
    • surfaces
    • clusters
    • biological molecules
  • develop genetic algorithm for global structure optimization and Gutzwiller density functional theory and computational code for studying ground state energy and properties of strongly correlated electron systems
  • ab initio calculation and tight-binding molecular dynamics simulation studies of formations, structures, and stabilities of surface-based nanostructures

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(Chronologically most recent on top)Education

  • Ph.D. Condensed Matter Physics, Intl. School for Adv. Studies (SISSA), Trieste, Italy, 1986
  • B.S. Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China, 1982

(Chronologically most recent on top)Professional Appointments

  • 2008 Senior Scientist, Ames Laboratory
  • 1996 - 2008 Physicist, Ames Laboratory
  • 1992 - 1996 Associate Physicist, Ames Laboratory
  • 1987 - 1992 Postdoctoral Fellow, Ames Laboratory and Microelectronics Research Center, Iowa State University
  • 1987 Postdoctoral Fellow, International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy

(Chronologically most recent on top)Honors & Awards

  • 1996 U.S. D.O.E. Materials Science award for Sustained Outstanding Research in Solid State Physics

(Chronologically most recent on top)Publications with the Ames Laboratory

Li X P; Zhang W; Lu W C; Wang C Z; Ho K M . 2010. Fragmentation Behavior and Ionization Potentials of Lead Clusters Pb-n(n <= 30). Chemical Research in Chinese Universities. 26:996-1001. abstract
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Zhang G P; Hupalo M; Li M; Wang C Z; Evans J W; Tringides M C; Ho K M . 2010. Stochastic coarsening model for Pb islands on a Si(111) surface. Physical Review B. 82:165414. abstract
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Ji M; Wang C Z; Ho K M . 2010. Comparing efficiencies of genetic and minima hopping algorithms for crystal structure prediction. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 12:11617-11623. abstract
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Hao S G; Wang C Z; Li M Z; Napolitano R E; Mendelev M I; Ho K M . 2010. Prediction of cooling rate dependent ordering in metallic glass transition using a two-state model. Computational Materials Science. 49:615-618. abstract
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Lee G D; Wang C Z; Yoon E; Hwang N M; Ho K M . 2010. The role of pentagon-heptagon pair defect in carbon nanotube: The center of vacancy reconstruction. Applied Physics Letters. 97:093106. abstract
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Liu N; Li Y R; Lu N; Yao Y X; Fang X W; Wang C Z; Ho K M . 2010. Charge localization in [112] Si/Ge and Ge/Si core-shell nanowires. Journal of Physics D-Applied Physics. 43:275404. abstract
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Wu S Q; Wang C Z; Hao S G; Zhu Z Z; Ho K M . 2010. Energetics of local clusters in Cu64.5Zr35.5 metallic liquid and glass. Applied Physics Letters. 97:021901. abstract
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Yao Y X; Napolitano R; Wang C Z; Ho K M . 2010. Thermodynamic limits of crystallization and the prediction of glass formation tendency. Physical Review B. 81:212202. abstract
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Yao Y X; Wang C Z; Ho K M . 2010. Chemical bonding analysis for solid-state systems using intrinsic oriented quasiatomic minimal-basis-set orbitals. Physical Review B. 81:235119. abstract
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Qin W; Lu W C; Zang Q J; Zhao L Z; Chen G J; Wang C Z; Ho K M . 2010. Geometric structures of Ge-n (n=34-39) clusters. Journal of Chemical Physics. 132:214509. abstract
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