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Ping Yang

Senior Research Scientist, WR Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, MSC Consulting & Visualization

P.O. Box 999, K8-83
Richland, WA 99352
Work: (509) 371-6405 Fax: () Updated: March 21, 2011

Current Activities and Projects

Relativistic quantum chemical studies of metal solid state NMR and EPR parameters
Electronic structures and spectroscopic properties of heavy-element and transition-metal complexes using ab initio methods
Chemical processes at mineral-water interfaces involving heavy-element compounds of environmental significance
Structures and properties of nanomaterials with a focus on interfacial interactions

Research Interests

Dr. Yang’s current research interests include theoretical and computational studies of actinide chemistry, catalysis chemistry, organic electronic materials, biological complexes, and nanomaterials. Dr. Yang has extensive experience in computational studies of molecular systems, quantum dots, and extended systems. Her past experience ranges from studies of biological systems, to inorganic compounds, to organo-actinide molecules. Dr. Yang’s studies focused on fundamental structural properties, bonding interactions, and reaction mechanisms in organoactinide molecules, studies of the electronic structure of disordered organic electronic materials, and hydrogen bonding networks in biological complexes.

Past Experience

Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (since 08/2008)
Seaborg Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory (01/2006 to 08/2008)


Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry, Michigan Technological University, Dec 2005
M.S. in Computer Science, Michigan Technological University, Dec 2004
M.S. in Physics & Chemistry of Material, with honors, Southeast University, China
B.E. in Fine Chemicals,Southeast University, China

Awards, Honors, & Appointments

Seaborg Fellowship, Los Alamos National Laboratory,2006-2008
Member of the HPC 2010 Program Committee

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