About Me

I am currently a Ph.D. Student at Northwestern University working with Prof. Chad Mirkin and Prof. Vinayak Dravid. In 2015, I received my B.S. in Engineering: Materials Science and Engineering from Zhejiang University Chu Kochen Honors College. I joined the State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials in early 2013 to work with Prof. Hui Zhang and Prof. Deren Yang. In summer 2014, I visited Prof. Xiangfeng Duan's group at UCLA for two months. I was a visiting undergraduate in the Weitz Lab at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences during October 2014 and May 2015. 

I am interested in a broad range of topics across materials science and chemical physics. Recently, my research is focused on nanoscale phase transformation, complex nanoparticle systems, and correlated electron microscopy.

About my name

Interpreting verbatim, my Chinese name 競杉 (Jing-shan) stands for: competing (競, Jing) and (meta)sequoia (杉, Shan). Sequoia, known as the redwood, is a type of giant, tall trees commonly found in Northern California and China. The subfamily Sequoioideae contains three genera: Sequoia, Metasequoia, and Sequoiadendron, which are closely related to each other. My Chinese name was inspired by the dawn redwoods (a.k.a., Metasequoia glyptostroboides) grown in my birthplace, Hangzhou, China. My parents wished me to be as brave, strong, and upright as the redwoods.