Yi-Xin Liu

Department of Macromolecular Science Fudan University Yuejin Bldg. Room 405, 220 Handan Rd. Shanghai, 200433, China Mobile: (+86) 13916819745 Email: lyx@fudan.edu.cn; liuyxpp@gmail.com Website: http://www.ngpy.org

Research Interests

  • Static and dynamic properties of complex fluids, e.g. biological macromolecules (DNA, protein), polyelectrolytes, block copolymers, and polymer brushes in bulk or under confinements.

  • Numerical algorithms for polymer self-consistent field theory, molecular dynamics simulation, Monte Carlo simulation, and phase field simulation.

  • Thin and ultrathin film polymer crystallization.


Peking University, Beijing, 2004 - 2009 Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Jun, 2009 Disertation: Phase Selection Pathways and Morphological Evolution in Polymer Crystallization: An Experimental and Theoretical Study on Low Molecular Weight Poly(ethylene oxide) Fractions Advisor: Prof. Er-Qiang Chen

Nanjing University, Nanjing, 2000 - 2004 BS in Chemistry, Jun, 2004 Thesis: Synthesis and characterization of Amphiphilic Ligands and Its Complexes with Metal Ions Advisor: Prof. Wei-Jiang He

Research Experience

Visiting Researcher, 2014 - present University of California, Santa Barbara, Materials Research Laboratory

  • Field-theoretic simulations of polymeric materials.

Lecturer, 2012 - present Fudan University, Department of Macromolecular Science

  • Chebyshev based self-consistent field theory (SCFT) studies of polymer brushes and polymers under confinements, focusing on the effect of surface affinity. The Chebyshev based SCFT algorithm is highly efficient on non-periodic boundary condition problems.

  • Development of the polyorder project: a unified computing framework for conducting polymer SCFT calculations.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2009 - 2012 Fudan University, Department of Macromolecular Science

  • Developed high performance SCFT methods for studying the equilibrium phase separation structures of block copolymers and polyelectrolytes.

  • Developed multigrid algorithms for solving Poisson-Boltzmann equations.

  • Performed Monte Carlo simulations on the nucleation and growth process in thickening of monolayer PEO crystals in ultrathin films.

Ph.D. Candidate, 2004 - 2009 Peking University, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering

  • Introduced the phase field simulation techniques to study morphological evolution of monolayer poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) crystals.

  • Conducted experimental studies on the nucleation, growth, and thickening of monolayer PEO crystals in ultrathin films using real-time atomic force microsocpy (AFM).

Undergraduate Student, 2003 - 2004 Nanjing University, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

  • Synthesized three amphiphilic ligands and their complexes with Cu^2+.

  • Computed surface properties of supported catalysts using Gaussian 98.

Research Grants

  • The National Basic Research Program of China (2011CB605701, 2013-2015).

  • The Shanghai Postdoctoral Scientific Program (11R21411400, 2011-2011).

  • The Young Scientists Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NNSFC) (21004013, 2011-2013).

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Physical Society (2013 - present)

  • Referee, Polymer (2013 - present)

Honors and Awards

  • Dongkong Scholarship for Graduates (Peking University, 2008)

  • Student Award of Merit (Peking University, 2008)

  • Renming Scholarship (Nanjing University, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)

Computational Experience

  • Programming: C/C++, Parallel Programming (MPI, CUDA), Python, Matlab, Fortran, HTML/CSS.

  • Working experience with armadillo, blitz++, fftw, numpy, scipy, matplotlib, and mayavi.

  • Open source projects: polyorder - gyroid - ngpy - chebpy

Technical Experience

TEM Administrator, 2009 - 2012 Fudan University, Department of Macromolecular Science

  • Assisted the engineer from FEI company to install FEI Technai G2 20 Twin with cryo, low dose, and 3D tomography.

  • Wrote the lab mannual for operating TEM.

AFM Administrator, 2006 - 2009 Peking University, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering

  • Developed a user management system for controlling AFM.

  • Developed software toolkits to analyze AFM images.

  • Trained more than 20 users, including faculties, staffs, and graduate students.


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