Runze Li


The Li Group for Ultrafast Dynamics

Principal Investigator

Dr. Runze Li
Assistant Professor of Physics (Tenure-track)
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Dr. Li received his Ph.D. from the Department of Physics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Dr. Jie Zhang's Group) in 2014. Before joining ShanghaiTech in 2020, he worked with Dr. Peter M. Rentzepis as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Assistant Research Scientist at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Texas A&M University. His research interests include utilizing femtosecond optical, electron, and X-ray pulses to reveal various ultrafast dynamics in condensed matter systems.

Select Publications

1.   Runze Li*, Pengfei Zhu, Haijuan Zhang, Yao Wang, Jie Chen, Peter M. Rentzepis, and Jie Zhang*, Evolution of picosecond surface electric fields generated by photon-induced charge emission from La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 films. Physical Review B, 102, 024302 (2020). (*co-corresponding author)

2.   Runze Li, Dinesh Dhankhar, Jie Chen, Thomas C. Cesario, and Peter M. Rentzepis, A tryptophan synchronous and normal fluorescence study on bacteria inactivation mechanism. PNAS, 116, 18822 (2019).

3.   Runze Li, H. E. Elsayed-Ali, Jie Chen, Dinesh Dhankhar, Arjun Krishnamoorthi, and Peter M. Rentzepis, Ultrafast time-resolved structural changes of thin-film ferromagnetic metal heated with femtosecond optical pulses. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 151, 124702 (2019).

4.   Runze Li*, Kyle Sundqvist, Jie Chen, H. E. Elsayed-Ali, Jie Zhang and Peter M. Rentzepis*, Transient lattice deformations of crystals studied by means of ultrafast time-resolved x-ray and electron diffraction. Structural Dynamics,5, 044501 (2018) (*co-corresponding author)

5.  Runze Li, Umang Goswami, Maria King, Jie Chen, Thomas C. Cesario, and Peter M. Rentzepis, In situ detection of live-to-dead bacteria ratio after inactivation by means of synchronous fluorescence and PCA. PNAS, 115, 668 (2018) 

6.  Runze Li*, Pengfei Zhu, Jie Chen, Jianming Cao, Peter M. Rentzepis, and Jie Zhang*, Direct observation of ultrafast thermal and non-thermal lattice deformation of polycrystalline aluminum film. Applied Physics Letters, 111, 041105 (2017) (*co-corresponding author)

7.  A. Meraki, P. T. McColgan, P. M. Rentzepis, R. Z. Li, D. M. Lee, and V. V. Khmelenko, Quantum vortices and thermally induced luminescence of nitrogen nanoclusters immersed in liquid helium. Physical Review B, 95, 104502 (2017)

8.  Runze Li, Jie Chen, Thomas C. Cesario, Xin Wang, Joshua S. Yuan, and Peter M. Rentzepis, Synergistic reaction of silver nitrate, silver nanoparticles, and methylene blue against bacteria. PNAS, 113, 13612 (2016) 

9.  Long Chen, Runze Li, Jie Chen, Pengfei Zhu, Feng Liu, Jianming Cao, Zhengming Sheng, and Jie Zhang, Mapping transient electric fields with picosecond electron bunches. PNAS, 112,14479 (2015)

10.  Run-Ze Li, Pengfei Zhu, Long Chen, Tong Xu, Jie Chen, Jianming Cao, Zheng-Ming Sheng, and Jie Zhang, Investigation of transient surface electric field induced by femtosecond laser irradiation of aluminum. New Journal of Physics, 16, 103013 (2014)

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