Members
Research Expertise:
Computational Physics; many-body condensed matter physics; quantum transport theory
Laboratory:
Yu-Chang Chen
Professor
Ph.D. Department of Physics, University of California, Riverside

EDUCATION & WORK EXPERIENCE

1994-2001    Ph.D. Department of Physics, University of California, Riverside

2012-present  Professor, Department of Electrophysics, National Chiao Tung University

2005-2011   Assistant & Associate Professor, Department of Electrophysics, National Chiao Tung University

2003-2005   Postdoctor, Department of Physics, University of California, San Diego, USA

2001-2003   Postdoctore, Department of Physics, Virginia Tech. USA

 

 

AREAS OF RESEARCH INTEREST AND EXPERIENCE

   I am particularly interested in the quatum transport properties and thermoelectric properites in atomic/molecular juctions.  The interest is partly motivated by the possible use of such structures in future electronic and thermoelectric applications, and partly by the desire to understand fundmantal quantum electronic transport with atom resolution in atomistic junctions. The long-term goal of our research is exploring the properties of non-equilibrium quantum transport in atomic/molecular junctions in the framework of density functional theory from first-principles approaches.  Current-carrying wavefunctions calculated self-consistently are applied to investigate the current-voltage characteristics, thermoelectric properties, spin-dependent quantum transport,  and a wide range of many-body effects associatede with them,  including the following topics: (a) Current-voltage characteristics and thermal currents. (b) Quantum fluctuations of currents.    (c) Thermopower and thermoelectric cooling. (d) Local heating and effects of electron-vibration interactions to current, shot noise, counting statistics, and Seebeck coefficients.   (e)  Current-induced forces. (f)  Spin-dependent current, spin Hall effect, and Kondo effect. (g) Theoretical proposals for new forms of electric, thermoelectric, and mechanical devices based on atomic/molecular junctions.
 

Selected Publications:
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Y. C. Chen, M. Zwolak, M. Di Ventra, “Local heating in nanoscale conductors,” Nano. Lett., Vol. 3, pp. 1691-1694, 2003
 
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Y. C. Chen, M. Zwolak, M. Di Ventra, " Inelastic current-voltage characteristics of atomic and molecular junctions," Nano. Lett., Vol. 4, pp. 1709-1712, 2004
 
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Y. C. Chen, M. Zwolak, M. Di Ventra, " Inelastic effects on the transport properties of alkanethiols," Nano. Lett., Vol. 5, pp. 621-624, 2005
 
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M. Di Ventra, Y. C. Chen, T. N. Todorov, " Effect of electron-phonon scattering on shot noise in nanoscale junctions," Phys. Rev. Lett., Vol. 92, pp. 176803, 2005
 
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Y. C. Chen, M. Di Ventra, " Are current induced force conservative?" Phys. Rev. Lett., Vol. 95, pp. 166802, 2005
 
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B. S. Hsu, Y. S. Liu, S. H. Lin, and Y.-C. Chen, “Tailoring thermopower of single-molecular junctions by temperature-induced surface reconstruction,” Appl. Phys. Lett., Vol. 101, 243103, 2012.
 
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Y. S. Liu, Y. R. Chen and Y.-C. Chen, “Thermoelectric Efficiency in Nanojunctions: A Comparison between Atomic Junctions and Molecular Junctions,” ACS Nano, 3, pp. 3497–3504, 2009.
 
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H. L. Chu, S. C. Chiu, C. F. Sung, W. Tseng, Y. C. Chang, W. B. Jian, Y. C. Chen, C. J. Yuan, H. Y. Li, F. X. Gu, M. Di Ventra, and C. C. Chang, “Programmable Redox State of the Nickel Ion Chain in DNA,” Nano. Lett., Vol. 14, pp. 1026-1031, 2014