Former Postdocs


NairKiran Bhaskaran-Nair

Dr. Bhaskaran-Nair’s research interests include developing CCSD-Green function for calculating excited states including EA-IP for a number of polymers including P3HT. He received the 2012 M.T. Thomas Award from Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory for Outstanding Postdoctoral Achievement for creative contributions to the development of multireference coupled cluster (MRCC) methods.


photo: Guixin CaoGuixin Cao

Dr. Cao previously served as a postdoctoral researcher at Oak Ridge National Lab and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.




photo: Xin Li

Xin Li

Xin Li started at LSU in January 2015. His research interests include the structure and dynamics of colloids and polymers using neutron/x-ray scattering, rheometry, light scattering, NMR, Monte-Carlo simulation, and molecular dynamics simulation. Dr. Li has been a postdoctoral researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) since February 2013 and was previously a postdoctoral researcher at Indiana University. He earned his PhD in nuclear engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Engineering Physics at Tsinghua University.  

Ning photoZhenhua Ning

Dr. Ning’s research interests include electronic structure of solids using density functional theory based on either linear augmented-slater-type orbits or linearized augmented plane waves basis and KKR-Green’s function method with local density approximation (LDA) and meta-generalized gradient approximation (mGGA), simulating disordered alloys where coupling of charge, spin and lattice are important, calculating spectrum using either time-dependent density functional theory with mGGA or solving Bethe-Salpeter equation with GW correction. He earned his PhD in physics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During this period, he participated in research on semiconductors at Academia Sinica in Taiwan. He earned his masters’ degrees in physics from both Peking University and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

photo of Matthew PattersonMatthew Patterson

Dr. Patterson earned his PhD in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics from Louisiana State University and his bachelor's in Physics from Rice University. His postdoctoral work focuses on understanding the basic formation mechanisms of a new class of environmental pollutants called environmentally persistent free radicals (EPFRs), which form when simple organic molecules such as chlorophenols bind to metal oxide-containing particulate matter.



W. Adam Phelan

Dr. Phelan earned his PhD in Chemistry from Louisiana State University. His research interests include single crystal and polycrystalline synthesis of magnetic materials, neutron scattering investigation of magnetic structure – non-centrosymmetric magnets, and exploration of intercalation of black phosphorous. He is currently the Associate Director of the PARADIM Crystal Growth Facility at Johns Hopkins University.