Research Interests

The Zhang Research Group addresses urgent national needs in sustainable energy, environment, technology and security through remarkable quantum-mechanical computational discoveries. Our research covers first-principles structural and electronic properties of a broad range of solid-state materials, from crystalline and amorphous semiconductors, metals and nanostructures to carbon nanotubes. In particular, we study the physics and chemistry behind the formation of novel nanostructures, defect and doping physics, hydrogen storage and new method development. Our group is lead by Shengbai Zhang, Professor in Physics and Senior Chair of the Kodosky Constellation in Physics, Information Technology, and Entrepreneurship at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.