The Quantum Mechanics


Josh Hihath, Ph.D. (CV)

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Hihath is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of California Davis. Prior to joining UC Davis he worked as an Assistant Research Professor in the Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors at Arizona State University. Dr. Hihath received his Ph.D. in 2008 from Arizona State University, and during his graduate studies he received a National Science Foundation Fellowship focused on Biomolecular Nanotechnology via the Integrated Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program, and the prestigious Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS) in both 2006 and 2007 for his work on the electrical detection of DNA mutations.

His work focuses on understanding the electrical, thermal, optical and mechanical properties of nanoscale and molecular systems, with an emphasis on developing new ways of controlling energy and charge transport in these systems.

Post-doctoral Researchers

Juan M. Artés, Ph.D.

Juan Manuel Artés Vivancos obtained a PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Barcelona in 2012. His PhD work included electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy and molecular electronics studies on the redox protein azurin. He joined Prof. Hihath and Prof Seker groups in 2013. His interests include molecular electronics of biomolecules, energy transport in biology and biophysics.


Qiang Fu, Ph.D.


Ph.D. Polymer Chemistry and Physics(Organic Optical Electronics), 2013, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

B.S. Chemistry, 2008

Research Interests

Synthesis of Nanoparticles; Assembly, Control, and Characterization of Nanoparticle Arrays; Molecule-Nanoparticle Array Electrical Characteristics.

Zimple Matharu, Ph.D.

Dr. Zimple Matharu received her Ph.D in Physics (2011) from the University of Delhi, India, with specialization in the area of Biosensors. Her primary research interests are multifunctional sensors for biomedical applications, microfluidics, surface plasmon resonance, protein interactions, functionalization of nanostructures for biosensing applications, and lab-on-a-chip diagnostics.

Ph.D. Students

Yuanhui Li

Yuanhui is a 4th year PhD. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis under the supervision of Professor Hihath. Her research interests are single molecule based devices and biological diagnostics. Her current work focuses on using the scanning tunneling microscope to study the conductance of single RNA:DNA molecules and its application to pathogen RNA detection.

Cliff McCold

Cliff McCold obtained his B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University. His PhD work has focused on the assembly and characterization of molecule-nanoparticle arrays as a platform for the study of molecule-mediated charge transport, energy conversion, and charge transport-based molecular detection.

His interests include the interactions of attractive and repulsive forces of particles and molecules, liquid and air convection currents, solution phase stability, and dynamic processes at liquid-air interfaces. They also include distinguishing hopping- and percolation-based transport in networks, and the preferential alignment of molecular energy levels to metallic Fermi levels.

Haipeng (Billie) Li


B.S. Optical Science and Engineering, Fudan Univerisity, Shanghai, China.
M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Research Interests:
My research interests focus on studying the charge transport mechanisms in single-molecule junctions and their correlations with molecular structure. The low temperature-STM is my favorite equipment to investigate quantum interference phenomenon and photo-switching features in single-molecule devices.

M.S. Students

Mashari Alangari

Mashari received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Hail, Saudi Arabia in 2010. After graduation, Mashari worked as an Electrical Power Engineer at Saudi Electricity Company. Also, he taught Fundamentals of Electrical Circuit at UOH for freshmen year students. Currently, Mashari is an MS student at UC- Davis and is working on single-molecule conductance measurement using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM). Mashari is interested in atomic-scale phenomena and electronics miniaturization.

Roohi Ramachandran

Aaron Silman


Hardeep Sullan, now at Sandia Labs


Habid Rascon-Ramos, now at DMEA