I was born in a small town in Jiangsu Province of China in 1986. I spent my childhood there until I left for high school education in the city.
After high school, I was admitted by University of Science and Technology of China, one of the top universities in China, in 2003. Four years later I received my bachelor’s degree in material physics. As an undergraduate researcher, I learned the growth of superconducting cuprate thin films via magnetron sputtering in Professor Xiaoguang Li’s group.
From 2007 to 2012, I moved to Beijing to pursue a PhD degree with Professor Hai-Hu Wen in the National Laboratory for Superconductivity, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. My PhD research focused on synthesizing unconventional superconductors, especially iron-based superconductors, and researching the properties and pairing mechanism of them.
After getting my PhD degree, I joined in Professor Mercouri G. Kanatzidis’s group in the Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory in June 2012 as a postdoctoral appointee. My research in Mercouri’s group was exploratory synthesis of inorganic and intermetallic materials for but not limited to finding new superconductors.
After getting a training on solid state chemistry with Professor Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, in June 2015 I joined in a world-level high-pressure research group led by Dr Ho-Kwang Mao, the High Pressure Synergetic Consortium (HPSynC) group jointly operated by Carnegie Institution of Washington and the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. In this group, I was supervised by Dr Wenge Yang to study novel quantum phenomenon induced by high pressure in strongly correlated materials using synchrotron X-ray techniques.
From May 2016 to June 2017, I also worked as a guest researcher in the Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, hosted by Professor Zhili Xiao and Dr Wai-Kwang Kwok. I collaborate with Wai’s group for combining our high-pressure techniques with their low temperature and high magnetic field experimental conditions. In the meantime, I grew single crystals of topological materials and researched the Fermi surface topology by quantum oscillations with Professor Zhili Xiao.
From October 2017, I joined in MIT as a research scientist.