Research Focus:Single-Electron Transistors
Postdoctoral scholar Ran Liu is passionate about scientific discovery. In addition to her zeal for learning, she is captivated by molecular electronics and the promise they hold for the advancement of physics, leading her to dedicate her studies to single-molecule devices.
Liu completed her master’s degree in physics in 2016 and her physics PhD in 2019. After graduating, she wanted to expand her knowledge and sought to continue conducting research in an academic setting. “I love doing research, and it makes me feel like I’m growing every day,” she says.
Now, as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics at UCF, she continues to pursue a greater understanding of molecular electronics and elevate her expertise in her field. Liu is currently researching to learn more about the electronic behavior of individual molecules and atoms while using the laws of quantum mechanics to explore the physical world on the one to two nanometer scale.
“My passion for the microphysical world led me to this field of study,” she says. Liu describes how research in this area has opened a door from classical to quantum physics, revealing many interesting phenomena that could have a significant impact on scientific developments in the future.
Nevertheless, Liu’s favorite part of her job is the challenge. “Throughout my research, I have encountered many challenges that have pushed me to improve myself and learn new things,” she says. “I feel very satisfied with [what] I have learned.”
Liu praises the mentorship and guidance she has received from her supervisor, Professor Enrique del Barco, PhD while working in the del Barco Lab. “He taught me how to work with others and how to work effectively. I loved his attitude towards work and life. He was a happy person and full of energy for everything he did,” she says.
Liu’s experience at the university has been overwhelmingly positive. One aspect of working at UCF that she appreciates is the multitude of accessible dining options on campus. In particular, she enjoys the proximity of ’63 South to the Physical Sciences building where she works.
As for the students at UCF, Liu advises them to have a positive attitude about their future and not give up easily, even if the work they are doing is difficult. “I like the saying ‘the things that are meaningful are usually hard to do.’” Liu says.
After finishing her postdoctoral studies, Liu hopes to find a job in academia, becoming a researcher or professor while continuing her work in the field of physics.
- Awarded Pre-eminent Postdoctoral Program (P3) award at UCF
- Works in Physics Department
- Conducts research in del Barco Lab
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