Goodbye to Bala

This week, we say goodbye to our very first alumni, Bala. We wish Bala all the best in his new post at NASA, and look forward to his future discoveries and success as a researcher!

Editor for Computational Materials Science

Professor Ong has been appointed to the Editorial Board of Computational Materials Science. The goal of Computational Materials Science is to report on results that provide new insights into, or significantly expand our understanding of, the properties of materials or phenomena associated with their design, synthesis, processing, characterization, and utilization. All aspects of modern materials modeling are of interest, including quantum chemical methods, density functional theory (DFT), semi-empirical and classical approaches, statistical mechanics, atomic-scale simulations, mesoscale modeling, and phase-field techniques.

New Li3Y(PS4)2 and Li5PS4Cl2 Superionic Conductors

Zhuoying’s first author paper on “Li3Y(PS4)2 and Li5PS4Cl2, New Lithium Superionic Conductors Predicted from Silver Thiophosphates using Efficiently Tiered Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations” has just been published in Chemistry of Materials (Special Issue on High-Throughput Functional Materials Discovery). In this work, we propose two new lithium superionic conductors, Li3Y(PS4)2 and Li5PS4Cl2, that are predicted to have excellent ionic conductivity and potentially better stability at the interfaces compared to current state-of-the-art superionic conductors. We welcome experimental researchers to attempt synthesis of these compounds and validation of our predictions!