Ames Laboratory scientist Cai-Zhuang Wang, a senior scientist at the Ames Laboratory, was named a 2014 Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).
According to APS, Wang was elected for "significant advances in developing computation methods including tight-binding molecular dynamics for atomistic simulations, genetic algorithm for crystal and interface structure prediction, and Gutzwiller density functional theory for strongly correlated electron systems."
Election to Fellowship in the American Physical Society is limited to one half of one percent of the membership.
Wang, a physicist in the Laboratory's Division of Materials Science and Engineering, came to Ames Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow in 1987. He joined the Laboratory's staff as an associate physicist in 1992. He received his Ph.D. in condensed matter physics at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy in 1986, and his bachelor's degree in physics at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei in 1982.
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