Faculty - Mei

Dr. Wai Ning Mei

Dr. Wai Ning Mei, Milo Bail Professor
Physics, UNO
University of Nebraska-Omaha
60th & Dodge
Omaha, Nebraska 68182-0266
Office: 402-554-3729

Research Interests

Dr. Wai-Ning Mei’s research areas include: molecular dynamics studies of alkali halides and molecular solids, total energy electronic calculation of the ferroelectric polymers and highly correlated systems, electron structures of the nano-structures, surface structure determination, multiple-scattering analysis of the low-energy and photoemission spectra, neutron scattering from flux lattice in the type-II superconductors, lattice dynamics of long chain polymers, rotation and vibration spectra of the adsorbed molecules, and application of variational methods to the anharmonic, weakly bounded, tightly bounded, and double-well potentials. Specific computation techniques include lattice dynamics, molecular dynamics, multiple-scattering method, first-principle full-potential linear-augment-plane-wave (FLAPW) method, and self-consistent atomic deformation (SCAD) method together with the SMODES symmetry-analysis software packages.


Chris M. Marin, Lu Wang, Joseph R. Brewer, Wai-Ning Mei, Chin Li Cheung, "Crystalline a-Sm2S3 nanowires: Structure and optical properties of an unusual intrinsically degenerate semiconductor", J. Alloy. Compd. (2013) accepted.

Jing Lu, Jiaxin Zheng, Lu Wang, Qihang Liu, Hong Li, Ruge Quhe, Dapeng Yu, Wai-Ning Mei, Junjie Shi, and Zhengxiang Gao, "Sub-10 nm Gate Length Graphene Transistors: Operating at Terahertz Frequencies with Current Saturation", Sci. Rep. (2013) accepted.

Lu Wang, Wai-Ning Mei, Peter A. Dowben, "The surface states of lithium tetraborate", J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 25, 045014 (2013).

Zane C. Gernhart, Robert M. Jacobberger, Lu Wang, Joseph R. Brewer, Mushtaq A. Dar, David R. Diercks, Wai Ning Mei, Chin Li Cheung, "Existence of Erbium Hexaboride Nanowires", J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 95, 3992 (2012).

Nabil Al-Aqtash, Hong Li, Lu Wang, Wai-Ning Mei, Renat F. Sabirianov, "Electromechanical switching in graphene nanoribbons", Carbon 51, 102 (2013).

Hong Li, Nabil Al-Aqtash, Lu Wang, Rui Qin, Qihang Liu, Jiaxin Zheng, Wai-Ning Mei, Renat F. Sabirianov, Zhengxiang Gao, Jing Lu, "Electromechanical switch in metallic graphene nanoribbons via twisting", Physica E 44, 2021 (2012).

Lu Wang, Wai-Ning Mei, S. R. McHale, J. W. McClory, J. C. Petrosky, J. Wu, R. Palai,Y. B. Losovyj, P. A. Dowben, "Rare earth 4f hybridization with the GaN valence band", Semicond. Sci. Technol. 27, 115017 (2012).

Hong Li, Lu Wang, Qihang Liu, Jiaxin Zheng, Wai-Ning Mei, Zhengxiang Gao, Jun-Jie Shi, Jing Lu, "High performance silicene nanoribbon field effect transistors with current saturation", Eur. Phys. J. B 85, 274 (2012).

Mao Yang, Jun-Jie Shi, Wei-Ning Mei, Lu Wang, Min Zhang, "Electronic Structures of InGaN2 Nanotubes", Chinese Phys. Lett. 29, 107301 (2012).

Wen-Xiang Yuan, S.K. Harka, H.Y. Xua, W.N. Mei, "Investigation on the growth of CaCu3Ti4O12 thin film and the origins of its dielectric relaxations", Solid State Sci. 14, 35 (2012).

Ruge Quhe, Jiaxin Zheng, Guangfu Luo, Qihang Liu, Rui Qin, Jing Zhou, Dapeng Yu, Shigeru Nagase, Wai-Ning Mei, Zhengxiang Gao, Jing Lu, "Tunable and sizable band gap of single-layer graphene sandwiched between hexagonal boron nitride", NPG Asia Mater. 4, e6 (2012).

“Polarized vibrational infrared adsorption of graphene nanoribbons”, G. F. Luo, H. Li, L. Wang, L. Lai, J. Zhou, R. Qin, J. Lu, W. N. Mei, and Z. X Gao. J. Phys. Chem. C114, 6959, (2010).

“Steric and electrostatic complementarity in the assembly of two-dimensional virus arrays”, C. L. Cheung, A. I. Rubinstein, E. Peterson, A. Chatterji, R. F. Sabirianov, W. N. Mei, T. W. Lin, J. E. Johnson, and J. J. DeYoreo. Langmuir. 26, 3498, (2010).

“Electronic structure of graphene/hexagonal-BN heterostructures grown on Ru(0001) by chemical vapor deposition and atomic layer deposition extrinsically-doped graphene” C. Bjelkevig, Z. Mi, J. Xiao, P. A. Dowben, L. Wang, W. N. Mei, and J. A. Kelber. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 22, 302002, (2010)

“Electronic-type and diameter-dependent reduction of single-wall carbon nanotubes induced by adsorption of electron donor molecules” J. Zhou, Y. Maeda, J. Lu, A. Tashiro, T. Hasegawa, G. F. Luo, L. Wang, L. Lai, T. Akasaka, S. Nagase, Z. X. Gao, R. Qin, W. N. Mei, G. P. Li and D. P. Yu. Small 5, 244, (2009).

“Optical absorption spectra of charge-doped single-walled carbon nanotubes from first-principles calculations”, G. F. Luo, J. Lu, J.X. Zheng, W. N. Mei, L. Wang, L. Lai, J. Zhou, R. Qin, H. Li and Z.X. Gao. J. Phys. Chem. C 113, 7058 (2009).

Lai, L (Lai, Lin); Lu, J (Lu, Jing); Wang, L (Wang, Lu); Luo, GF (Luo, Guangfu); Zhou, J (Zhou, Jing); Qin, R (Qin, Rui); Gao, ZX (Gao, Zhengxiang); Mei, WN (Mei, Wai Ning), Magnetic Properties of Fully Bare and Half-Bare Boron Nitride Nanoribbons, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 113 (6): 2273-2276 Feb 12, 2009

“Tailoring magnetic anisotropy at the ferromagnet/ferroelectric interface”, C. G. Duan, J. P. Velev, R. F. Sabirianov, S. S. Jaswal, W.N. Mei, and E. Y. Tsymbal. Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 122905 (2008).

 “A low-temperature specific-heat study of the high-dielectric constant materials”, C.P. Sun, J. J. Liu, J. Y. Lin, D. G. Duan, W. N. Mei and H. D. Yang. J. Phys.: Cond. Matt. 20, 285412 (2008).

“Lotus effect in engineered zirconia”, F. Namavar, C. L. Cheung, R. F. Sabirianov, W. N. Mei, X. C. Zeng, G. Wang, H. Haider and K. L. Garvin. Nano Lett. 8, 988 (2008).

“Electronic, magnetic and transport properties of rare-earth monopnictides”, C.G. Duan, R.F. Sabirianov, W. N. Mei, S. S. Jaswal, E. Y. Tsymbal and P. A. Dowben. J. Phys.: Cond. Matt. 19, 315220 (2007).

Soo, YL (Soo, Y. L.); Chen, PJ (Chen, P. J.); Huang, SH (Huang, S. H.); Shiu, TJ (Shiu, T. J.); Tsai, TY (Tsai, T. Y.); Chow, YH (Chow, Y. H.); Lin, YC (Lin, Y. C.); Weng, SC (Weng, S. C.); Chang, SL (Chang, S. L.); Wang, G (Wang, G.); Cheung, CL (Cheung, C. L.); Sabirianov, RF (Sabirianov, R. F.); Mei, WN (Mei, W. N.); Namavar, F (Namavar, F.); Haider, H (Haider, H.); Garvin, KL (Garvin, K. L.); Lee, JF (Lee, J. F.); Lee, HY (Lee, H. Y.); Chu, PP (Chu, P. P.), Local structures surrounding Zr in nanostructurally stabilized cubic zirconia: Structural origin of phase stability, JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 104 (11): Art. No. 113535 Dec 1 2008

Wang, L (Wang, Lu); Cai, ZX (Cai, Zixing); Wang, JY (Wang, Junyu); Lu, J (Lu, Jing); Luo, GF (Luo, Guangfu); Lai, L (Lai, Lin); Zhou, J (Zhou, Jing); Qin, R (Qin, Rui); Gao, ZX (Gao, Zhengxiang); Yu, DP (Yu, Dapeng); Li, GP (Li, Guangping); Mei, WN (Mei, Wai Ning); Sanvito, S (Sanvito, Stefano), Novel One-Dimensional Organometallic Half Metals: Vanadium-Cyclopentadienyl, Vanadium-Cyclopentadienyl-Benzene, and Vanadium-Anthracene Wires, NANO LETTERS, 8 (11): 3640-3644 Nov 2008

Wang, D (Wang, Dan); Lu, J (Lu, Jing); Zhou, J (Zhou, Jing); Lai, L (Lai, Lin); Wang, L (Wang, Lu); Luo, GF (Luo, Guangfu); Gao, ZX (Gao, Zhengxiang); Li, GP (Li, Guangping); Mei, WN (Mei, Wai Ning); Nagase, S (Nagase, Shigeru); Maeda, Y (Maeda, Yutaka); Akasaka, T (Akasaka, Takeshi); Zhou, YS (Zhou, Yunsong), Selective adsorption of cations on single-walled carbon nanotubes: A density functional theory study, COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS SCIENCE, 43 (4): 886-891 Oct 2008

“The atomic structure of the CoS2 (100)-(1´1) surface”, Z. X. Yu, M. A. Van Hove, S. Y. Tong, D. Wisbey, Y. B. Losovyj, N. Wu, M. Manno, L. Wang, C. Leighton, W.N. Mei and P. A. Dowben. J. Phys.: Cond. Matt. 19, 156223 (2007).

C. G. Duan, W. N. Mei, J. J. Liu, W. G. Yin, L. L. Boyer, M. J. Mehl, R. W. Smith, and J. R. Hardy, “Electronic Properties of NaCdF3: a First-Principle Prediction”, Phys. Rev. B 69, 033102, (2004).

W. G. Yin and W. N. Mei, “Variational Monte Carlo Study of a Spin-1/2 Heisenberg Antiferromagnet in Magnetic Field”, AIP Proceedings CP 690 404, (2003).

W. G. Yin, W. N. Mei, C. G. Duan, J. J. Liu, R. W. Smith, and J. R. Hardy, “Molecular Dynamics Simulation of the Order-Disorder Phase Transition in the Solid NaNO2”, Phys. Rev. B 68, 174106, (2003).

W. G. Yin, W. N. Mei, C. G. Duan, H. Q. Lin, and J. R. Hardy, “Spectral Functions of Electronic Ferroelectrics Based on the Extended Falicov-Kimble Model”, Phys. Rev. B. 68, 075111, (2003).

W. G. Yin, W. N. Mei, R. W. Smith, and J. R. Hardy, “Dielectric Permittivity and Electric Modulus in Bi2Ti4O11”, J. J. Liu, C. G. Duan, J. of Chem. Phys 119, 2812, (2003).

C. G. Duan, W. N. Mei, M. J. Bai, S. Durcharme, J. J. Liu, W. G. Yin, and J. R. Hardy, “First-Principles Study on the Optical Properties of Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Crystals”, J. of Physics C15 , 3805, (2003).

C. G. Duan, W. N. Mei, J. R. Hardy, S. Durcharme, J. Choi, and P. A. Dowben, “Comparison of the Theoretical and Experimental Band Structure of Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Crystals”, Europ. J. of Physics C16, 81, (2003).

Synergistic Activities

  • Provided mentored undergraduate research training opportunities for undergraduates at the University of Nebraska-Omaha with publications in the Journal of Undergraduate Research in Physics.
  • Provide mentored graduate research training opportunities for visiting graduate students from the Peking University, China (Students are supported by the Chinese Education Ministry). (Students are supported by the Chinese Education Ministry, 2007 to present with publications in the referred journals, such as Small, Nano Letters, and J. of Chem. Phys, etc.)

Papers in Refereed Archival Journals: 132
Invited Conference Presentations: 15
Conference Proceeding Papers: 105
Invited Colloquia and Seminars: 28

Graduates and Current Affiliations

X.C. Zeng (University of Nebraska–Lincoln); C.L. Cheung (University of Nebraska–Lincoln);
P.A. Dowben  (University of Nebraska–Lincoln); F. Namavar (University of Nebraska Medical Center); R.W. Smith (University of Nebraska at Omaha); R.F. Sabirianov (University of Nebraska at Omaha); L.L. Boyer, Naval Research Laboratory); M.A. Van Hove (City University of Hong Kong).
E.W. Prohofsky (Purdue University); D.E. Ramaker (Naval Research Laboratory);
S.Y. Tong (City University of Hong Kong); Y.C. Lee (State University of New York at Buffalo)

Graduate and Postdoctoral Advisors
Postdoctoral Advisor: E.W. Prohofsky (Purdue University); D.E. Ramaker (Naval Research Laboratory)
S.Y. Tong (City University of Hong Kong)
Ph.D. Thesis Advisor: Y.C. Lee (State University of New York at Buffalo)

Thesis Research Advisor and Postgraduate-Scholar Sponsor:
Undergraduate Students: J. Koch, C. Schuck, B. Wacker, E.R. Hedgahl, T.L. Johnson III, S.E. Schnell, A. R. Ward, Benjamin Floyd, Amanda Ludes, Allan Ostle, Oren Varkony, and Chia Moua
Graduate Students: Chiapin Sun, Guangfu Luo, Jing Zhou, and Hong Li
Previous Postdocs: Chungang Duan, Jianjun Liu, Weiguo Yin, Guangping Li, Jing Lu, Alexander Rubenstein, Lu Wang, Nabil Al-Aqtash, and Florin Apostol.