Faculty Profile

Yuanxi Wang

Title
Assistant Professor
Department
Physics
College
College of Science

    

Education

PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 2016.
Major: Physics

Current Scheduled Teaching*

PHYS 4950.752, Senior Thesis, Summer 2024

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Previous Scheduled Teaching*

PHYS 6950.756, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2024
PHYS 6940.761, Individual Research, Spring 2024
PHYS 3910.001, Intermediate Computational Modeling of Physical Systems, Spring 2024 Syllabus SPOT
PHYS 4900.751, Special Problems, Spring 2024
PHYS 6950.781, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2023
PHYS 6940.781, Individual Research, Fall 2023
PHYS 3510.001, Physics, Computation and Software Applications, Fall 2023 Syllabus SPOT
PHYS 4950.752, Senior Thesis, Summer 10W 2023
PHYS 6950.756, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2023
PHYS 6940.761, Individual Research, Spring 2023
PHYS 3910.001, Intermediate Computational Modeling of Physical Systems, Spring 2023 Syllabus SPOT
PHYS 5910.751, Special Problems, Spring 2023
PHYS 6950.781, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2022
PHYS 6940.781, Individual Research, Fall 2022
PHYS 3510.001, Physics, Computation and Software Applications, Fall 2022 Syllabus SPOT
PHYS 5910.776, Special Problems, Fall 2022
PHYS 6910.751, Special Problems, Fall 2022
PHYS 6940.756, Individual Research, Spring 2022
PHYS 6910.700, Special Problems, Spring 2022
PHYS 4110.001, Statistical and Thermal Physics, Spring 2022 Syllabus SPOT
PHYS 4110.201, Statistical and Thermal Physics, Spring 2022 SPOT
PHYS 5900.770, Special Problems, Fall 2021
PHYS 6900.770, Special Problems, Fall 2021

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Published Publications

Published Intellectual Contributions

Conference Proceeding
Yanez, W., Vera, A., Yang, K., Zheng, B., Dong, C., Wang, Y., Bowen, T., El-Sherif, H., Krishnan, G., Rajabpour, S., others, (2023). Charge to spin conversion in atomically thin lead and bismuth. Bulletin of the American Physical Society. APS.
Habis, F., Wang, Y. (2023). Prediction and Control of Optical Properties of hBN Defects From First-Principles for Application as Single Photon Emitters. Bulletin of the American Physical Society. APS.
Neupane, B., Wang, Y. (2023). Reducing the 3D-2D crossover thickness in Bi2Se3 by heterostructure engineering. Bulletin of the American Physical Society. APS.
Neupane, B., Wang, Y. (2023). Speeding-up GW calculations for 2D materials. Bulletin of the American Physical Society. APS.
Vera, A., Yanez, W., Zheng, B., Li, C., Turker, F., Dong, C., Wang, Y., El-Sherif, H., Krishnan, G., Galoustian, I., others, (2023). Synthesis of Air-Stable, Atomically Thin Heavy Metals through Confinement Heteroepitaxy. Bulletin of the American Physical Society. APS.
Acharya, G., Pandey, K., Basnet, R., Nabi, M. R., Wang, J., Wang, Y. (2023). Unusual transport properties of GdPS.. Bulletin of the American Physical Society. APS.
Lee, W., Wang, Y., Kim, H., Liu, M., Nunley, T., Fang, B., Maniyara, R., Dong, C., Robinson, J., Crespi, V., others, (2022). Confined monolayer Ag as a large gap 2D semiconductor and its quasiparticle interactions with high-density Dirac electrons. APS March Meeting Abstracts. 2022, F60--005.
Hemian Yi, Lunhui Hu, Run Xiao,,, Yuanxi Wang,,, Jiaqi Cai, Denielle R. Hickey, Chengye Dong, Yifan Zhao,, , Lingjie Zhou, Ruoxi Zhang, Anthony R Richardella, Joshua,, A Robinson, Moses H Chan, Xiaodong Xu, Nitin Samarth,, , Chaoxing Liu, Cui-Zu Chang, (2022). Crossover of Ising- to Rashba-Type Superconductivity in Epitaxial Bi2Se3/Monolayer NbSe2 Heterostructures. Bulletin of the American Physical Society. APS March Meeting Abstracts. American Physical Society.
Zhang, K., Maniyara, R. A., Wang, Y., Mai, T., Wetherington, M., Bowen, T., Rotkin, S., Hight Walker, A., Crespi, V., Robinson, J., others, (2022). Immense Fano Resonance Induced by Half van der Waals Metals. APS March Meeting Abstracts. 2022, B55--001.
Qian, Q., Peng, L., Wang, Y., Tan, A. M., Liang, L., Choudhury, T. H., Redwing, J. M., Puretzky, A. A., Geohegan, D. B., Hennig, R. G., others, (2022). Low-Energy Photoluminescence Induced by Substitutional Nitrogen in Single-Layer Tungsten Disulfide. APS March Meeting Abstracts. 2022, A12--012.
Wang, Y. (2022). Stability of type-II Weyl points in MnBi2-x Sb x Te 4 based on orbital interactions. APS March Meeting Abstracts. 2022, D72--004.
Journal Article
Lin, Y., Torsi, R., Younas, R., Hinkle, C. L., Rigosi, A. F., Hill, H. M., Zhang, K., Huang, S., Shuck, C. E., Chen, C., Wang, Y., 38 more authors, (2023). Recent Advances in 2D Material Theory, Synthesis, Properties, and Applications. ACS Nano. 17(11), 9694. ACS Publications.
Lin, Y., Hurley, N., Kamau, S., Hathaway, E., Jiang, Y., Rodriguez, R. G., Varghese, S., Krylyuk, S., Davydov, A. V., Wang, Y., Kaul, A. B. (2023). Strain-Activated Stimulated Emission from Multilayer MoSe2 in a Narrow Operation Window. Other. Wiley Online Library.
Lee, W., Wang, Y., Qin, W., Kim, H., Liu, M., Nunley, T. N., Fang, B., Maniyara, R., Dong, C., Robinson, J. A., others, (2022). Confined Monolayer Ag As a Large Gap 2D Semiconductor and Its Momentum Resolved Excited States. Nano Letters. 22(19), 7841--7847. American Chemical Society.
Yi*, Hemian,, Hu*, Lun-Hui,, Wang*, Y., Xiao, R., Cai, J., Hickey, D. R., Dong, C., Zhao, Y., Zhou, L., Zhang, R., others, (2022). Crossover from Ising-to Rashba-type superconductivity in epitaxial Bi2Se3/monolayer NbSe2 heterostructures. Nature Materials. 1--7. Nature Publishing Group.
Lin, Y., Hathaway, E., Habis, F., Wang, Y., Rodriguez, R. G., Alnasser, K., Hurley, N., Cui, J. (2022). Enhanced Emission from Defect Levels in Multilayer MoS2. Other. 2201059.
Yang, K., Wang, Y., Liu, C. (2022). Momentum-Space Spin Antivortex and Spin Transport in Monolayer Pb. Physical Review Letters. 128(16), 166601. American Physical Society.
Wang, Y., Crespi, V. H., Cohen, M. L., Nourhani, A. (2022). Nonstoichiometric Salt Intercalation as a Means to Stabilize Alkali Doping of 2D Materials. Physical Review Letters. 129(26), 266401. American Physical Society.
Qian, Q., Wu, W., Peng, L., Wang, Y., Tan, A. M., Liang, L., Hus, S. M., Wang, K., Choudhury, T. H., Redwing, J. M., others, (2022). Photoluminescence Induced by Substitutional Nitrogen in Single-Layer Tungsten Disulfide. ACS Nano. 16(5), 7428--7437. American Chemical Society.
He, J., Lee, S. H., Naccarato, F., Brunin, G., Zu, R., Wang, Y., Miao, L., Wang, H., Alem, N., Hautier, G., others, (2022). SnP2S6: A Promising Infrared Nonlinear Optical Crystal with Strong Nonresonant Second Harmonic Generation and Phase-Matchability. Other. 9(5), 1724--1732. American Chemical Society.
Nayir, N., Shin, Y. K., Wang, Y., Sengul, M. Y., Hickey, D. R., Chubarov, M., Choudhury, T. H., Alem, N., Redwing, J., Crespi, V. H., others, (2021). A ReaxFF Force Field for 2D-WS2 and Its Interaction with Sapphire. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 125(32), 17950--17961. American Chemical Society.
Lee, S. H., Graf, D., Min, L., Zhu, Y., Yi, H., Ciocys, S., Wang, Y., Choi, E. S., Basnet, R., Fereidouni, A., others, (2021). Evidence for a Magnetic-Field-Induced Ideal Type-II Weyl State in Antiferromagnetic Topological Insulator Mn (Bi 1- x Sb x) 2 Te 4. Physical Review X. 11(3), 031032. APS.
Reifsnyder Hickey, D., Nayir, N., Chubarov, M., Choudhury, T. H., Bachu, S., Miao, L., Wang, Y., Qian, C., Crespi, V. H., Redwing, J. M., others, (2021). Illuminating invisible grain boundaries in coalesced single-orientation WS2 monolayer films. Nano Letters. 21(15), 6487--6495. ACS Publications.
Briggs*, Natalie,, Bersch*, Brian,, Wang*, Yuanxi,, Jiang, J., Koch, R. J., Nayir, N., Wang, K., Kolmer, M., Ko, W., Duran, Ana De La Fuente,, others, (2020). Atomically thin half-van der Waals metals enabled by confinement heteroepitaxy. Nature Materials. 19(6), 637--643. Nature Publishing Group.
Sun, Y., Wang, Y., Chen, J. Y., Fujisawa, K., Holder, C. F., Miller, J. T., Crespi, V. H., Terrones, M., Schaak, R. E. (2020). Interface-mediated noble metal deposition on transition metal dichalcogenide nanostructures. Other. 12(3), 284--293. Nature Publishing Group.
Nayir, N., Wang, Y., Shabnam, S., Hickey, D. R., Miao, L., Zhang, X., Bachu, S., Alem, N., Redwing, J., Crespi, V. H., others, (2020). Modeling for structural engineering and synthesis of two-dimensional WSe2 using a newly developed Reaxff reactive force field. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 124(51), 28285--28297. American Chemical Society.
Zhang, F., Zheng, B., Sebastian, A., Olson, D. H., Liu, M., Fujisawa, K., Pham, Y. T., Jimenez, V. O., Kalappattil, V., Miao, L., others, (2020). Monolayer vanadium-doped tungsten disulfide: a room-temperature dilute magnetic semiconductor. Other. 7(24), 2001174.
Momeni, K., Ji, Y., Wang, Y., Paul, S., Neshani, S., Yilmaz, D. E., Shin, Y. K., Zhang, D., Jiang, J., Park, H. S., others, (2020). Multiscale computational understanding and growth of 2D materials: a review. npj Computational Materials. 6(1), 1--18. Nature Publishing Group.
Subramanian, S., Xu, K., Wang, Y., Moser, S., Simonson, N. A., Deng, D., Crespi, V. H., Fullerton-Shirey, S. K., Robinson, J. A. (2020). Tuning transport across MoS 2/graphene interfaces via as-grown lateral heterostructures. Other. 4(1), 1--5. Nature Publishing Group.
Zhang, K., Deng, D. D., Zheng, B., Wang, Y., Perkins, F. K., Briggs, N. C., Crespi, V. H., Robinson, J. A. (2020). Tuning Transport and Chemical Sensitivity via Niobium Doping of Synthetic MoS2. Other. 7(18), 2000856.
Steves, M. A., Wang, Y., Briggs, N., Zhao, T., El-Sherif, H., Bersch, B. M., Subramanian, S., Dong, C., Bowen, T., Fuente Duran, Ana De La,, others, (2020). Unexpected Near-Infrared to Visible Nonlinear Optical Properties from 2-D Polar Metals. Nano Letters. 20(11), 8312--8318. American Chemical Society.
Bersch, B., Briggs, N., Wang, Y., Jiang, J., Wang, K., Dong, C., Subramanian, S., Fu, M., Zou, Q., Chuang, Y., others, (2019). An Air-Stable and Atomically Thin Graphene/Gallium Superconducting Heterostructure. Other.
Rao, R., Carozo, V., Wang, Y., Islam, A. E., Perea-Lopez, N., Fujisawa, K., Crespi, V. H., Terrones, M., Maruyama, B. (2019). Dynamics of cleaning, passivating and doping monolayer MoS2 by controlled laser irradiation. 2D Materials. 6(4), 045031. IOP Publishing.
Zhao, P., Wang, Y., Katz, B., Mockensturm, E., Crespi, V., Zhang, S. (2019). Geometry and chiral symmetry breaking of ripple junctions in 2D materials. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. 131, 337--343. Pergamon.
Xuan, Y., Jain, A., Zafar, S., Lotfi, R., Nayir, N., Wang, Y., Choudhury, T. H., Wright, S., Feraca, J., Rosenbaum, L., others, (2019). Multi-scale modeling of gas-phase reactions in metal-organic chemical vapor deposition growth of WSe2. Journal of Crystal Growth. 527, 125247. North-Holland.
Carvalho, B. R., Wang, Y., Fujisawa, K., Zhang, T., Kahn, E., Bilgin, I., Ajayan, P. M., De Paula, A. M., Pimenta, M. A., Kar, S., others, (2019). Nonlinear dark-field imaging of one-dimensional defects in monolayer dichalcogenides. Nano Letters. 20(1), 284--291. American Chemical Society.

Awarded Grants

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Grant - Research
Wang, Y. (Principal), "CAREER: Orbital-based Descriptors for Dynamical Properties of Quantum Defects," Sponsored by NSF, Federal, $545391 Funded. (April 1, 2024March 31, 2029).
Wang, Y. (Principal), "(FY2023) Trends in Hydrodesulfurization Activity: Towards Realistic Surfaces and Reaction Models," Sponsored by (FY2023) American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, National, $110000 Funded. (January 20242026).
Wang, Y. (Principal), "Trends in Hydrodesulfurization Activity: Towards Realistic Surfaces and Reaction Models," Sponsored by American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, National, $110000 Funded. (January 1, 2024September 1, 2026).
Xiao, T. (Principal), Ding, J. (Co-Principal), Albert, M. V. (Supporting), Alam, Z. S. (Supporting), Hartmann, F. (Supporting), Wang, Y. (Supporting), Liang, L. (Supporting), Chen, H. (Supporting), Du, J. (Supporting), Azad, R. K. (Supporting), "NSF REU site: Beyond Language: Training to Create and Share Vector Embeddings across Application," Sponsored by NSF, Federal, $403547 Funded. (20232025).
Young, C. (Principal), Wang, Y. (Co-Principal), Dutta, S. (Co-Principal), "From Atoms to Devices: Impacts of Defects and Interfaces on Device performance and reliability," Sponsored by CHIPS-Metroplex Seed Grant, Other, $25000 Funded. (January 3, 2024June 30, 2025).
Wang, Y. (Principal), "Nonlinear optical response of molecular crystals and polymers," Sponsored by College of Science, University of North Texas, $10000 Funded. (June 3, 2022December 31, 2022).
Wang, Y. (Principal), "Accelerated prediction of defect properties enabled by transfer learning," Sponsored by Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes Institute (AMMPI) Center for Functional Materials Seed Grant, University of North Texas, $6000 Funded. (January 2022May 2022).
Sponsored Research
Wang, Y. (Principal), "Nonlinear optical response in 2D layered materials," Sponsored by Penn State 2D Crystal Consortium: Materials Innvation Platform, National, Funded. (20222024).
Wang, Y. (Principal), "Transfer learning methods and advanced first-principles methods in modeling point defects," Sponsored by Oak Ridge National Lab, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Federal, Funded. (20222023).
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