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Gangqiang Liu is a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Pitt.

He works inthe Snoke lab where he focuses on semiconductor microcavity structures and Bose-Einstein condensation. He hopes that his research will lead to the development of new kinds of lasers. 

Gangqiang was a PQI Graduate Student Research Fellow in 2014/2015 for his work on "Bose-Einstein Condensation and Superfluidity of Polaritons in a Ring Trap".

Sanxi Yao is a graduate student in the Department of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University.

He works in the Widom group and studies the phase transitions of boron carbide in order to gain insight on its properties that are currently not completely known.

Shanxi won a travel award at the Science 2014 poster session for his poster on the “Computational Studies of the Boron Carbide Structure”.

Jingyun Ye is a graduate student in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at Pitt.

She works in the Johnson group where she does research on CO2 emission in order to gain insight on global warming and the greenhouse effect. She is essentially designing material that can capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it into usable materials.

Jingyun won a travel award at the Science 2014 poster session for her poster on the “Design of Lewis Pairs-Functionalized Metal Organic Frameworks for CO2 Hydrogenation”.

The Pittsburgh Quantum Institute (PQI) was established in 2012 to help unify and promote research in quantum science and engineering in the Pittsburgh area. PQI members have faculty appointments from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and the University of Pittsburgh in physics, chemistry, and engineering disciplines.

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