Former Postdocs


photo of Kiran Bhaskaran-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 worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the LaCNS group from 2015 through 2017. She recently accepted a position as a Research Associate at the Ohio State University. Dr. Cao previously served as a postdoctoral researcher at Oak Ridge National Lab and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.




Chetan Dhital

Chetan Dhital

Dr. Dhital earned his master’s degree in physics from Nepal and a PhD in physics from Boston College. He previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research interests focus on the study of novel electronic and magnetic phenomena in non-centrosymmetric intermetallic compounds, transition metal oxides, superconductors, heavy fermions etc. Research methods include both synthesis and characterization using magnetotransport, magnetization, magnetic force microscopy and neutron scattering techniques. Dr. Dhital recently accepted a tenure-track position at Kennesaw State University.

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 degree and bachelor’s degree in engineering physics at Tsinghua University.  

Pablo Rivero photoJose Pablo Rivero Moreno

Pablo earned a PhD in chemistry from the University of Barcelona, Spain, in 2010. He joined Louisiana State University in 2015 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the William Shelton group. His research interests focus on the application of quantum computational techniques for the prediction and understanding of physical and chemical phenomena occurring in condensed matter systems. He recently accepted a position as Category Analyst at Buc-ee's.



ZZhenhua Ninghenhua 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. He recently accepted a position as a postdoctoral researcher at Ames Laboratory.


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.


photo of Adam PhelanW. 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.


Lin YangLin Yang

Dr. Yang earned her master’s degree in physics from Zhejiang University, China and a PhD degree in physics from EPFL, Switzerland. 

Research interests: Unconventional Superconductivity, Heavy Fermion Compounds and Quantum Criticality, Spin-Orbit Coupled Systems, Low Dimensional Physics and Magnetic Structure of Novel Materials. Research methods include materials growth, structure characterization, magnetism, electric and thermal transport, transport and magnetic measurements under high pressure, neutron scattering.


Sang Gil Youm

Sang Gil Youm

Sang Gil Youm earned his PhD in chemistry from LSU.  He works on the design and preparation of selectively deuterated stratified thin films of conjugated polymers by surface-confined polymerization. These thin-film samples will be used to develop neutron reflectometry based methods to study local structure and organization in thin films of conjugate polymers as well as the influence of weak intermolecular interactions on the organization and morphology of the films.



Yazhou ZhouYazhou Zhou

Yazhou Zhou worked with Professor Weiwei Xie in the LSU Chemistry Department on the physical pressure effects on SrMn2Sb2 and SrMnBi2. He recently accepted a research faculty position at the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science.

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