Sanwu Wang

Sanwu Wang

Associate ProfessorKeplinger Hall L167
sanwu-wang@utulsa.eduFaculty Web site

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. in Physics, the University of Newcastle (Australia), 1999.

Areas of Research Focus

  • Materials Science
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • Condensed Matter Theory
  • First-Principles Quantum-Mechanical Computations
  • Atomic-Scale Dynamics Simulations

Professional Affiliations

  • The American Physical Society
  • The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
  • Overseas Chinese Physics Association
  • Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society
  • The Australian Institute of Physics (inactive)

Courses Taught at TU

  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics (PHYS 7043)
  • Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences (PHYS 3053)
  • Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS 4033)
  • Quantum Mechanics II (PHYS 4043)

Awards & Recognition

  • Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarship, awarded by Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, The Australian Commonwealth Government. 1995-1998.
  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, awarded by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), 2008.
  • University of Newcastle Postgraduate Research Scholarship, awarded by University of Newcastle. 1995-1998.


  • Sanwu Wang, P.A. Rikvold, Ab initio calculations for bromine adlayers on the Ag(100) and Au(100) surfaces: the c(2x 2) structure, Phys. Rev. B 65, 155406 (2002).

  • Sanwu Wang, M. Di Ventra, S.-G. Kim, S.T. Pantelides, Atomic-scale dynamics of the formation and dissolution of carbon clusters in SiO2, Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 5946 (2001).

  • Sanwu Wang, S. Dhar, S.-R. Wang, A. Franceschetti, A.C. Ahyi, J.R. Williams, L.C. Feldman, S.T. Pantelides, Bonding at the SiC-SiO2 interface and the effects of nitrogen and hydrogen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 026101 (2007). (Editor’s suggestion as a particular paper for readers in order to promote reading across fields).

  • Y.L. Wang, H.-J. Gao, H.M. Guo, Sanwu Wang, S.T. Pantelides, Bonding configurations and collective patterns of Ge atoms adsorbed on Si(111)-7x 7, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 106101 (2005).

  • Sanwu Wang, A. Borisevich, S.N. Rashkeev, K. Sohlberg, M.V. Glazoff, S.J. Pennycook, S.T. Pantelides, Dopants absorbed as single atoms prevent degradation of catalysts, Nature Materials 3, 143 (2004). Erratum: Nature Materials 3, 274 (2004).

  • A. Borisevich, Sanwu Wang, S.N. Rashkeev, M.Glazoff, S.J. Pennycook, S.T. Pantelides, Dual nanoparticle/substrate control of catalytic dehydrogenation, Adv. Mater. 19, 2129 (2007).

  • Sanwu Wang, Yanzhao Cao, P.A. Rikvold, First-principles calculations for the adsorption of water molecules on the Cu(100) surface, Phys. Rev. B 70, 205410 (2004). Erratum: Phys. Rev. B 73, 089901(E) (2006).

  • Sanwu Wang, R. Gudipati, A.S. Rao, T.J. Bostelmann, Y.G. Shen, First-principles calculations for the elastic properties of nanostructured superhard TiN/SixNy superlattices, Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 081916 (2007).

  • H.F. Ma, Z.H. Qin, M.C. Xu, D.X. Shi, H.-J. Gao, Sanwu Wang, S.T. Pantelides, Formation and evolution of a self-organized hierarchy of Ge nanostructures on Si(111)-(7x7): STM observations and first-principles calculations, Phys. Rev. B 75, 165403 (2007).

  • Sanwu Wang, Generalization of the Thomas-Reiche-Kuhn and the Bethe sum rules, Phys. Rev. A 60, 262 (1999).