Prize Recipient

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Feng Liu
University of Utah


"For elucidating the influence of strain on epitaxy and nanostructure growth, and using these concepts to predict surface-based topological-insulator materials."


Feng Liu received his B.Sc. in Engineering physics from Tsinghua University in 1984 and earned his Ph.D. in 1990 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Chemical physics. He is currently a Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah. His research interests lie in the theoretical modeling and computer simulation, from electronic to atomic and to mesoscopic scales, to study a wide spectrum of materials properties, with a special focus on surfaces/interfaces, thin films and low-dimensional materials. His best-known work includes theoretical modeling of self-assembly/self-organization of quantum dots and quantum wires in heteroepitaxial growth of strained thin films and prediction of two-dimensional organic and surface-based topological materials. He is recipient of Senior Humboldt Research Award and Australia Research Council International Professorial Fellow. He is recognized as the Outstanding Referee for Physical Review journals from the APS. He is a Fellow of the APS.

Selection Committee:

2023 Selection Committee Members: Randall Feenstra (Chair), Michael Crommie, Inna Vishik, Tai-Chang Chiang, Mei-Yin Chou