Welcome to the Nanoscale & Mesoscale Energy Materials Research Group of Prof. Bryan M. Wong at the University of California, Riverside!
We develop and apply first-principles, quantum-mechanical computational techniques to predict, understand, and rationally design chemical/material systems (either previously synthesized or yet to be made). Our motivation arises from a deep interest in electron dynamics – a surprisingly rich research area that centers on the non-equilibrium (i.e., time-dependent) electronic properties of systems. A deep understanding of electron dynamics is extremely important since nearly all chemical, material, and biological processes occur out of equilibrium, and our understanding of non-equilibrium excited-state processes in these systems is far from complete. The detailed understanding of electron dynamics enables numerous technological advancements, including plasmon-mediated photocatalysis, optically-induced charge separation, and light-harvesting nanomaterials. Our expertise in developing and applying new electronic structure and time-dependent dynamics techniques brings a new, unique capability for exploring these rich, emerging areas in complex chemical/material systems.
Prof. Bryan M. Wong is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering Program at UC Riverside. He is listed in the Reviews in Computational Chemistry (Volume 27) as a researcher who “regularly publishes in journals that focus on computing at the molecular level.” Prof. Wong received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is the recipient of several awards including an R&D 100 Award, a Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Award, and an ACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry.
We are always interested in motivated visiting scholars, graduate students, and postdoctoral associates joining our group! If you are interested in becoming a member of the Nanoscale & Mesoscale Energy Materials Group, please contact Prof. Bryan M. Wong.