Ameritas University Professor
Willa Cather Ameritas Professor
Postdoctoral Training, The University of Chicago
Postdoctoral Training, University of California at Los Angeles
Ph.D. The Ohio State University
B.Sc. Peking University
Computation Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Nanoscience
Research activities in our group are mainly focused on three areas: (1) computational and theoretical studies of liquids and confined fluids, water (ice) in particular, and related topics such as interfaces, hydrophobicity, wetting, melting, surface tensions, nucleation, and solvation. (2) Structural evolution of clusters (in particular Au, Si, B and water), and heterogeneous nanocatalysis. (3) Computer-aided design and study of nanostructured materials (nanotubes, nanofilms, nanoribbons and nanoparticles).
We employ University of Nebraska-Lincoln Supercomputing facility to carry out virtual experiments and explore behavior of matters under extreme conditions, e.g. under high temperature, high pressure, or in highly confined environments, in which real-world experiments may be impractical or inaccessible. As an example, we have revealed several new forms of ice and silicon, solely based on large-scale computer simulations. Below, we show a snapshot of 2-dimensional "Nebraska Ice"; and a snapshot of 1-dimensional single-walled hexagonal silicon nanotube.
Other research activities in my group include computer-aided molecular and materials design. Below, we show a golden "buckyball" Au16. In short, the only limitation is your imagination!
News Highlight by ACS Chem. Eng. News (7) & by Royal Society of Chemistry Chemistry World (3)
C&EN February 11, 2013 . C&EN August 20, 2012. C&EN May 28, 2012. C&EN February 14, 2011. C&EN May 22, 2006. C&EN August 27, 2001. C&EN May 1, 2000. Chemistry World October, 2012. Chemistry World December, 2006. Chemistry World May, 2005.
For more information, please visit the Zeng Research Group Homepage.
[600 Citations] K. Koga, G.T. Gao, H. Tanaka, and X.C. Zeng, " Formation of ordered ice nanotubes inside carbon nanotubes, " Nature 412, 802 (2001). Reported in UNL 8/22/01 News Release‚ National Scicence Foundation - Office of Legislative and Public Affairs 11/05/2001 News Media Tip‚ The HINDU 9/20/2001 (India's National Newspaper), AScribe 8/23/01 Newswire, Smalltimes News, www.chemweb.com Alchemist, www.sciencedaily.com, and featured in Aug. 27, 2001 Chem. & Eng. News
[225 Citations] S. Bulusu, X. Li, L.S. Wang, and X.C. Zeng, " Evidence of hollow golden cages," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103, 8326-8330 (2006). Reported by UNL Press - May 17, 2006,Omaha World Herald - May 17, 2006, New York Times - May 23, 2006, Nature - May 25, 2006, Nature Nanotechnology - March 23, 2007, Chem & Eng. News - May, 17, 2006, and Seattle Post-Intelligencer - May 16, 2006, Royal Society of Chemistry (England), CERN (Courier), Wikipedia, Newswise, High Performance Computing wire, Interest Alert, Engineer online, Innovations report, Inside BayArea.com, SpaceDaily, Nanotechweb, EurekAlert, Nanotechwire, The NanoTechnology Group Inc, Photonics , AZoNano, Physorg.com, Science Daily,WhatsnextNetwork.com, Voyle.net, SoftPedia, Free Republic, Netcomposites, YubaNet.com
[46 Citations] X. Wu and X.C. Zeng, "Periodic Graphene Nanobuds," Nano Lett. 9, 250-256 (2009).
Xiao Cheng Zeng
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