Zhenglu Li Recieves APS 2021 Nicholas Metropolis Award

Friday, March 12, 2021

Berkeley Physics is pleased to announce that Zhenglu Li has received the APS 2021 Nicholas Metropolis Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Work in Computational Physics for his work as a graduate student at Berkeley. Zhenglu received his PhD in Fall 2019 and is currently a postdoc in the Steven Louie group.

Dr. Li is cited for "For the development and highly-scalable implementation of novel first-principles GW perturbation theory methods to compute electron-phonon coupling with many-electron correlation effects included, and its applications to phonon-induced phenomena in oxide superconductors."

He will receive the Award at the APS March Meeting next week, as well as giving an award talk at a prize session.



Zhenglu Li received his B.S. in physics from Fudan University, Shanghai, China, in 2012. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2019, under the supervision of Professor Steven G. Louie. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California at Berkeley. He is broadly interested in developing and applying massively-parallelized computational methods based on many-body quantum theories to study excited-state properties of materials, including bulk solids and reduced-dimensional systems. His Ph.D. research focuses on the development and implementation of the linear-response GW perturbation theory approach, and its applications to electron-phonon coupling in oxides incorporating many-electron self-energy effects. His research also contributes to the studies of electronic and magnetic properties of two-dimensional materials. He is an active developer of the open-source software package BerkeleyGW for excited-state properties.