University of Texas at Austin
Chao Lian




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Chao Lian

Research Fellow Center for Quantum Materials Engineering

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Chao Lian’s education includes earning his B.Sc. in Applied Physics from Yantai University, China, in 2010. He earned both his M.Sc. (2012) and Ph.D. (2015) in Condensed Matter Physics from Tsinghua University, China. He worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China from 2015-2018 and as a Postdoctoral Associate Researcher at the University of California, Riverside, CA, from 2018-2019. He has been a developer of Electron-phonon Wannier (EPW) Package and of Time-dependent Density Functional Package (TDAP).

Chao’s research includes density functional description of electron-phonon phenomena, including phonon scattering in carrier transport and electron self-trapping; ultrafast dynamics in condensed matter physics, using real time-dependent density functional theory (rt-TDDFT), including laser-induced structural phase transition, ultrafast carrier transfer and relaxation, plasmon and plasmon-induced water splitting, high harmonic generation in solids, and ultrafast magnetization/demagnetization.