University of Pennsylvania
"For development, and for application to the dynamics and thermal properties of ferroelectric materials, of innovative computational methodologies and theoretical models applicable to the physics of materials ranging from nano-to mesoscopic length scales."
Shi Liu, Ph.D., graduated in 2009, from the University of Science and Technology of China (Hefei) with a B.S. in chemical physics, before completing his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania (Phila.). During this time, he worked under the direction of Andrew M. Rappe, Ph.D., developing and applying predictive multiscale modeling techniques that combine methods at different length and time scales to understand the dynamics of ferroelectric materials from the atomistic level all the way up to the mesoscopic length scales. Dr. Liu’s research interests also involve free radical reactions in polymerization, topological insulators, and organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites. He was awarded the 2015 Professor John G. Miller Award for the Best Thesis in Penn Chemistry. Following completion of his Ph.D. in 2015, Dr. Liu was offered a Carnegie Fellowship at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., where he is currently working with Ronald E. Cohen, Ph.D. on multiscale simulations of defects in ferroelectrics and hybrid perovskites for photovoltaic applications at the Geophysical Laboratory also in Washington, D.C.
2017 Selection Committee Members: Ching Yao Fong (Chair), Klaus Bartschat, Michelle Johannes, Remi Lehe, Mark Novatny