Hong Fang

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Postdoctoral Associate, 2005-2008, Department of Physics, Virginia Commonwealth University

Ph.D. 2004, Cambridge University

B.S. Bielefeld University


Hong Fang is now a research assistant professor in the Physics Department of Virginia Commonwealth University in the United States. He studied in East China Normal
University in Shanghai and Bielefeld Universitaet in Germany as a undergraduate student. After receiving the BSc degree, he became a graduate student in Tongji
University. He then won a full scholarship from the Cambridge Trust and received the PhD in condensed-matter and mineral physics from University of Cambridge. Hong Fang has worked in various fields at the interfaces of neutron physics, condensed-matter physics and physical chemistry. His current research is on the use of atomic clusters rather than individual atoms in the materials study and development. With emphasis on the structure-dynamics relationships, he is especially interested in studying the physics and chemistry of charged clusters, negative thermal expansion materials, energy materials and novel carbon-based materials.


  1. H. Fang, P. Jena, Stable Tetra- and Penta-Anions in the Gas Phase, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 58, 11248,
    2019. (Front Cover Paper)
  2. H. Fang, P. Jena, Sodium Superionic Conductors Based on Clusters, ACS Appl. Mat. Inter. 11, 963,
  3. H. Fang*, J. Zhou, P. Jena, Super-Alkalis as Building Blocks of One-Dimensional Hierarchical Electride,
    Nanoscale 10, 22963, 2018.
  4. H. Fang, P. Jena, Li-Rich Antiperovskite Superionic Conductors Based on Cluster Ions, Proc. Nat.
    Acad. Sci. 14, 1047, 2017. (Paper in Top 5% by Almetric)
  5. H. Fang, P. Jena, Atomic-Level Design of Water-Resistant Hybrid Perovskites for Solar Cells by Using
    Cluster Ions, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 8, 3726, 2017.
  6. H. Fang, P. Jena, Super-Ion Inspired Colorful Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells, J. Mater. Chem. A 4, 4728,
    2016. (Front Cover paper, Hot Paper, Science Highlight by DOE, Paper in Top 5% by Almetric)
  7. M. T. Dove, H. Fang, Negative Thermal Expansion and Associated Anomalous Physical Properties:
    Review of the Lattice Dynamics Theoretical Foundation, Reports on Progress in Physics 79, 066503,
  8. H. Fang, M. T. Dove, A. E. Phillips, Common Origin of Negative Thermal Expansion and Other Exotic
    Properties in Ceramic and Hybrid Materials, Phys. Rev. B 89, 214103, 2014.
  9. H. Fang, M. T. Dove, Pressure-Induced Softening as a Common Feature of Framework Structures
    with Negative Thermal Expansion, Phys. Rev. B 87, 214109, 2013.

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