On Oct 11, 2017, Prof. Jian Shi at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute received the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award. The AFOSR YIP award is one of the most competitive awards for young assistant professors and researchers in the US. This year among all AFOSR technical areas, 43 scientists and engineers across all US research institutes and small businesses have received the YIP awards. The YIP award of a total of 450,000 $ for three years will support Prof. Jian Shi group to study “Nanoscale Pyroelectric Hybrid Materials Undergoing Structural Phase Transition” and pursue fundamental research on nanoscale complex materials involving electronic symmetry breaking and hybrid domain physics.
Dr. Jian Shi is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Shi was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University from 2013 to 2014. He received his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2012, his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Missouri at Columbia in 2008 and his B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2006. Carrying a quite broad research interest in materials science, the Shi group focuses on: fundamental understanding on atomic scale symmetry science and engineering of low-dimensional electronic and optical materials and their structure-property relationships; adaptive electronics and optics; materials engineering for energy transformation. In addition to this AFOSR YIP award, Dr. Shi has also received three NSF awards and one IBM contract all with him as the PI supporting Dr. Shi’s exciting research and education activities. Within three years after he joined RPI MSE, Dr. Shi’s group has published more than 20 journal articles appearing on Nature, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, ACS Nano etc. For more information about Dr. Shi Group’s research, please go to: http://homepages.rpi.edu/~shij4/publications.html