Jaeil Bai

Research Assistant Professor
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Department of Chemistry
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
437 Hamilton Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0304
(402) 472-9894


Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2004-2010)
Ph.D., Physics and Astronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2004)
M.S., Korea University, Seoul, Korea (1992)
B.S., Korea University, Seoul, Korea (1990)

Teaching Philosophy

The best way in teaching sciences, I think, is to let students learn logic nature provided by themselves though chemistry and physics subjects.

Current Research

I do research connected with statistical mechanics and condensed matter, particularly aimed at determination of structural and electronic properties of various nanostructures such as silicon clusters/nanotube/nano-sheets (e.g., silicene), and metal doped gold clusters.  I am also interested in the fundamental phase behavior of confining fluids, such as water and silicon in particular.  Currently, I am anticipated in study of binary mixture phase transition, especially, H2, CO2, CO, and CH4 clathrate formation for future energy applications. 

Many computational tools, Molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo simulation, Gaussian, CASTEP, VASP, and so on, are adopted for exploring such hidden states of materials in nanoscale environment.

Research Achievements
Silicon Nanotube
Silicon nanotube
Double Walled Ice Helix
Double Walled Ice Helix
One dimensional Hydrogen hydrate
One dimensional H2 hydrate
Monolayer methane hydrate
Monolayer methane hydrate

Selected Publications

(1) J. Bai, and X.C. Zeng "Polymorphism and polyamorphism in bilayer water confined to slit nanopore under high pressure," Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the USA [Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (PNAS)] 109, 21240-21245 (2012). 

(2) J. Bai, C.A. Angell, and X.C. Zeng "Guest-free monolayer clathrate and its coexistence with two-dimensional high density ice," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 107, 5728-5722 (2010).

(3) J. Bai, J. Wang, and X.C. Zeng "Multiwalled ice helixes and ice nanotubes," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 103, 19664-19667 (2006). [Featured in Nature (May 31, 2007) , Nature Nanotechnology Jan. 5, 2007 Earth & Sky Radio Show, Royal Society of Chemistry (England) , New Scientist Dec. 12, 2006 , The Science Coalition, Science Daily, Nanotechnology World, ZDNet, Materials gate, Nano Werk, Physorg, Newswise, Azo-nano and Sufficiently advanced 

(4) J. Bai, X.C. Zeng, H. Tanaka and J.Y. Zeng, "Metalic single-walled Si nanotubeā€, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 101, 2664-2668 (2004). [Featured in Intute Spotlight, BETTERHUMANSNewsWiseMagazine of American Society of Mechanical EngineersMaterialstodaySMALL, and Advanced Materials & Processes ASM International, May 2004 ].