Yuen-Zhou, Joel
Quantum optics + Theoretical chemistry

Contact Information
Assistant Professor

Office: Urey Hall 3254
Phone: 858-534-5399
Email: jyuenzhou@ucsd.edu
Web: yuenzhougroup.ucsd.edu/
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2012 Ph.D., Chemical Physics, Harvard University
2007 B.Sc., Chemistry, Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Awards and Academic Honors
DOE Early Career award
Research Interests
We are theoreticians who work at the intersection of physical chemistry, condensed matter theory, materials science, and nanophotonics. Broadly speaking, we are interested in how light interacts with molecular matter in the weak, strong, and ultrastrong coupling regimes. Our emphasis is on developing theoretical frameworks to predict or explain qualitatively new phenomena involving molecules and light, and on utilizing computational tools to accurately decipher details of these phenomena.

At present, our research is centered in molecular polaritons and topological phases of matter.
Primary Research Area
Physical/Analytical Chemistry
Interdisciplinary interests
Computational and Theoretical

Outreach Activities
Co-organized the First SoCal TheoChem Symposium at UCSD in 2016; faculty host in Research Scholars program; participant in Clubes de Ciencia, Ensenada 2015.

I identify both as Hispanic and Asian, having grown up in Mexico City under a Chinese household. Given this, I believe I have a somehow unique perspective on issues concerning racial and socioeconomic diversity. I am fully committed to working with students and colleagues to further a more inclusive, diverse, and tolerant environment in the Physical Sciences and across campus.

Selected Publications