Shuai Zhang

High Energy Density Physics Theory Group
University of Rochester - Laboratory for Laser Energetics
250 E River Rd, Rochester, NY 14623 USA

My background is in physics (B.S., M.S.) and geoscience (Ph.D.).
Areas of interest: high energy density physics, high-pressure mineral physics, planetary origin and evolution, computational materials sciences
Key expertise: density functional theory, molecular dynamics, quantum Monte Carlo
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Employment & Education

Research Experience

  1. Equations of state of matter at extreme conditions

  2. Properties of deep earth and planetary materials

  3. Materials structures and phase transformations under high pressure

  4. Development and application of computational methods for cross-disciplinary studies

Selected Publications

  1. Shuai Zhang, S. X. Hu, "Species separation and hydrogen streaming upon shock release from polystyrene under inertial confinement fusion conditions", Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 105001 (2020).
  2. Shuai Zhang, Heather D. Whitley, Tadashi Ogitsu, "Phase transformation in boron under shock compression", Solid State Sci. 108, 106376 (2020).
  3. Shuai Zhang, Amy Lazicki, Burkhard Militzer, Lin Yang, Kyle Caspersen, Jim Gaffney, Markus Däne, John Pask, Walter Johnson, Abhiraj Sharma, Phanish Suryanarayana, Duane Johnson, Andrey Smirnov, Philip Sterne, David Erskine, Richard London, Federica Coppari, Damian Swift, Joseph Nilsen, Art Nelson, Heather Whitley, "Equation of state of boron nitride combining computation, modeling, and experiment", Phys. Rev. B 99, 165103 (2019). (Kaleidoscope for April 2019)
  4. Shuai Zhang, Fionn D Malone, Miguel A Morales, "Auxiliary-field quantum Monte Carlo calculations of the structural properties of nickel oxide", J. Chem. Phys. 149, 164102 (2018).
  5. Shuai Zhang, Burkhard Militzer, Michelle C Gregor, Kyle Caspersen, Lin H Yang, Tadashi Ogitsu, Damian Swift, Amy Lazicki, D Erskine, Richard A London, PM Celliers, Joseph Nilsen, Philip A Sterne, Heather D Whitley, "Theoretical and experimental investigation of the equation of state of boron plasmas", Phys. Rev. E 98, 023205 (2018).
  6. Shuai Zhang, Burkhard Militzer, Lorin Benedict, François Soubiran, Philip Sterne, Kevin Driver, "Path integral Monte Carlo simulations of dense carbon-hydrogen plasmas", J. Chem. Phys. 148, 102318 (2018).
  7. Shuai Zhang, Kevin Driver, François Soubiran, Burkhard Militzer, "First-principles Equation of State and Shock Compression Predictions of Warm Dense Hydrocarbons", Phys. Rev. E 96, 013204 (2017).
  8. Shuai Zhang, Kevin Driver, François Soubiran, Burkhard Militzer, "Equation of state and shock compression of warm dense sodium---A first-principles study", J. Chem. Phys. 146, 074505 (2017).
  9. Shuai Zhang, Sanne Cottaar, Tao Liu, Stephen Stackhouse, Burkhard Militzer, "High-pressure, temperature elasticity of Fe- and Al-bearing MgSiO3: implications for the Earth's lower mantle", Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 434, 264-273 (2016).
  10. Shuai Zhang, Hugh Wilson, Kevin Driver, Burkhard Militzer, "H4O and other hydrogen-oxygen compounds at giant-planet core pressures", Phys. Rev. B 87, 024112 (2013).
  11. Shuai Zhang, Jun-jie Shi, Min Zhang, Mao Yang, Jia Li, "First-principles investigation on optical properties of GaN and InGaN alloys", J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 44, 495304 (2011).
  12. Shuai Zhang, Jun-jie Shi, Shang-guo Zhu, Fei Wang, Mao Yang, Zhi-qiang Bao, "Indium distribution and light emission in wurtzite InGaN alloys: Several-atom In-N clusters", Phys. Lett. A 374, 4767 (2010).

  13. Marius Millot, Shuai Zhang, Dayne E Fratanduono, Federica Coppari, Sebastien Hamel, Burkhard Militzer, Dariia Simonova, Svyatoslav Shcheka, Natalia Dubrovinskaia, Leonid Dubrovinsky, Jon H Eggert, "Recreating giants impacts in the laboratory: Shock compression of MgSiO3 bridgmanite to 14 Mbar", Geophys. Res. Lett. 47, e2019GL085476 (2020).
  14. Fionn D Malone, Shuai Zhang, Miguel A Morales, "Overcoming the Memory Bottleneck in Auxiliary Field Quantum Monte Carlo Simulations with Interpolative Separable Density Fitting", J. Chem. Theo. Comp. 15, 256-264 (2019).
  15. Mu Li, Shuai Zhang, Hongping Zhang, Gongmu Zhang, Feng Wang, Jianheng Zhao, Chengwei Sun, Raymond Jeanloz, "Continuous sound velocity measurements along the shock Hugoniot of quartz", Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 215703 (2018).
  16. Burkhard Militzer, Shuai Zhang, "Ab initio Simulations of Superionic H2O, H2O2, and H9O4 Compounds", AIP Conf. Proc. 1979 050012 (2018).
  17. Yabin Chen, Shuai Zhang, Feng Ke, Changhyun Ko, Sangwook Lee, Kai Liu, Bin Chen, Joel W. Ager, Raymond Jeanloz, Volker Eyert, Junqiao Wu, "Pressure-Temperature Phase Diagram of Vanadium Dioxide", Nano Lett. 17 2512 (2017).
  18. Yabin Chen, Shuai Zhang, Weiwei Gao, Feng Ke, Jinyuan Yan, Bivas Saha, Changhyun Ko, Joonki Suh, Bin Chen, Joel Ager, Waldek Walukiewicz, Raymond Jeanloz, Junqiao Wu, "Pressure-induced structural transition of CdxZn1−xO alloys", App. Phys. Lett. 108 152105 (2016).