Qimin Yan


Temple University
Department of Physics
SERC, Room 710
1925 N. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: (805) 452-0732


Qimin Yan obtained his PhD degree in Materials supervised by Prof. Chris Van de Walle and Prof. Matthias Scheffler in the Materials Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After completing the PhD study in 2012, he started his postgraduate career at UCSB and moved to Berkeley in 2013 as a Postdoc Fellow working with Prof. Jeffrey B. Neaton at the Molecular Foundry, LBNL and the Department of Physics, UC Berkeley. In summer 2016, he joined the Department of Physics at Temple University as an assistant professor.

Research Interests
My research interest is to develop first-principles computational algorithms and data-driven technologies to identify and exploit structure–property relationships in functional materials and accelerate the discovery, understanding, and development of advanced materials, such as semiconductors for solar energy conversion, multi-functional complex oxides, and efficient fuel production catalysts. My current research is aimed at: 

  • Design and discovery of topological materials
  • Magnetic properties of two-dimensional materials
  • Defects and carrier recombinations in semiconductors
  • Data-driven discovery of complex metal oxides for solar fuel generation. 

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Research Achievement Award, Solid-State Lighting and Energy Center, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2011
  • Excellent Master Degree Thesis Award, Tsinghua University, China, 2006    
  • "GuangHua" Scholarship, Tsinghua University, China, 2005    

5 most relevant publications

  • Q. Yan, J. Yu, S. K. Suram, L. Zhou, A. Shinde, P. F. Newhouse, W. Chen, G. Li, K. A. Persson, J. M. Gregoire, J. B. Neaton, “Discovery of solar fuels photoanode materials by integrating high-throughput theory and experiment”, submitted
  • Q. Yan, G. Li, P. F. Newhouse, J. Yu, K. Persson, J. M. Gregoire, J. B. Neaton, “Mn2V2O7: An Earth Abundant Light Absorber for Solar Water Splitting”, Adv. Energy Mater. 5, 1401840 (2015) 
    Q. Yan, P. Rinke, A. Janotti, M. Scheffler, C. G. Van de Walle, “Effects of strain on the band structure of wurtzite group-III nitrides”, Phys. Rev. B 90, 125118 (2014)
  • M. S. Miao, Q. Yan, C. G. Van de Walle, W. K. Lou, L. L. Li, and K. Chang, “Polarization-driven topological insulator transition in a GaN/InN/GaN quantum well”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 186803 (2012)
  • Q. Yan, B. Huang, J. Yu, F. Zheng, J. Zang, J. Wu, B. L. Gu, F. Liu, and W. H. Duan, “Intrinsic current-voltage characteristics of graphene nanoribbon transistors and effect of edge doping”, Nano Lett. 7, 1469 (2007)