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Tianyu Zhu

Principal Investigator

Tianyu Zhu received his B.S. degree in Chemical Physics from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) with highest honor (Guo Moruo Scholarship) in 2013. From 2013 to 2018, he was a PhD student at MIT Chemistry working with Prof. Troy Van Voorhis. During his PhD, he developed a method called many-pair expansion (MPE) that systematically improves approximate density functional theory (DFT) calculations and studied charge/energy transfer mechanisms in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) systems. He then moved to Caltech as a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Garnet Kin-Lic Chan's group, and switched research focus to developing many-body theories for describing quantum properties in solid-state materials. Particularly, he developed a novel ab initio quantum embedding framework called "full cell embedding", which enables utilizing many-body quantum chemistry methods for studying condensed phase chemical physics. He joined Yale University as Assistant Professor of Chemistry in January 2022. 

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