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Mengen Wang

Assistant Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Mengen Wang received her BS from Shandong University in China and PhD from Stony Brook University. She then spent three years as a postdoc in the Materials Department at the University of California - Santa Barbara. Wang’s research is focused on developing and applying first-principles quantum mechanical computational approaches to facilitate the rational design of materials for next-generation energy conversion and quantum information applications.

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Selected Publications

“Incorporation of Si and Sn donors in β-Ga2O3 through surface reconstructions,” M. Wang, S. Mu, and C. G. Van de Walle, J. Appl. Phys., 130, 185703 (2021). (Editor’s pick)

“Adsorption and Diffusion of Aluminum on β-Ga2O3 (010) Surfaces,” M. Wang, S. Mu, and C. G. Van de Walle, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 13, 10650 (2021).

“Mechanism of the accelerated water formation reaction under interfacial confinement,” M Wang, C Zhou, N Akter, WT Tysoe, JA Boscoboinik, D Lu, ACS Catal., 10, 6119, (2020).

“Immobilization of single Ar atoms in two-dimensional zeolite nano-cages,” J. Q. Zhong, M. Wang, N. Akter, J. Kestell, I. Waluyo, A. M. Boscoboinik, T. Kim, D. Stacchiola, D. Lu, J. A. Boscoboinik, Nat. Commun., 8, 16118 (2017).


  • Postdoc training: University of California - Santa Barbara, 2019-22
  • PhD: Stony Brook University, 2014-19
  • BS: Shandong University, China, 2010-14

Research Interests

  • Density functional theory computation

  • Quantum defects

  • Energy conversion

  • Wide-bandgap semiconductors

  • Quantum materials

Teaching Interests

  • Computational materials science

  • Solid-state physics

  • Semiconductor physics