Jie Yang

Tenured Associate Professor, Principle Investigator

Office: Mong Man Wai Building of Science and Technology, S-1027,

Tsinghua University, Beijing

Email: jieyang1@tsinghua.edu.cn


Jie Yang received B. S. degree in physics from Nanjing University (2010, advisor: Prof. Shining Zhu) and Ph. D. degree in physics from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA (2016, advisor: Prof. Martin Centurion). He joined SLAC National Accelerator Laboratoy at Stanford as an Experimental Research Associate in Jun. 2016, and was later promoted to Associate Staff Scientist (Dec. 2018) and Staff Scientist (Jun. 2020). His main research achievements include: 1) First demonstration of using mega-electron-volt electron beams for the diffraction imaging of gas phase molecules, where atomic-level temporal (~100 fs) and spatial (0.5 Angstrom) resolution were achieved; 2) Developed the experimental paradigm of molecular moviemaking for gas phase molecules using mega-electron-volt ultrafast electron diffraction (MeV-UED), and demonstrated its application on non-adiabatic molecular dynamics; 3) Proposed and demonstrated simultaneous observation of nuclear and electronic dynamics using elastic and inelastic electron scattering; 4) Built the first ultrafast electron diffraction setup for liquid phase samples.

He joined Center for Basic Molecular Science (CBMS), Department at Chemistry at Tsinghua University in March 2021. The main focus of his research group is to promote a deeper understanding for non-equilibrium molecular dynamics through the development of advanced scientific instrumentations and experimental methodologies. Major projects are: 1) Capturing nonadiabatic dynamics of small gas-phase molecules using MeV-UED; 2) Developing MeV-UED-based atomic-level spatiotemporal probe for liquid phase samples, capturing non-equilibrium structural dynamics in solvent and solute systems. 3) Developing four-wave-mixing (FWM) / high-harmonic generation (HHG) based time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (TRPES) system, targeting excited state dynamics in small organic molecules.


Selected Publications

1)Jie Yang*#, Xiaolei Zhu#, J Pedro F Nunes, K Yu Jimmy, Robert M Parrish, Thomas JA Wolf, Martin Centurion, Markus Gühr, Renkai Li, Yusong Liu, Bryan Moore, Mario Niebuhr, Suji Park, Xiaozhe Shen, Stephen Weathersby, Thomas Weinacht, Todd J Martinez*, Xijie Wang*, Simultaneous observation of nuclear and electronic dynamics by ultrafast electron diffraction, Science, 2020, 368(6493): 885-889

2)Jie Yang*#, J. Pedro F. Nunes#, Kathryn Ledbetter, Elisa Biasin, Martin Centurion, Zhijiang Chen, Amy A. Cordones, Christopher Crissman, Daniel P. Deponte, Siegfried H. Glenzer, Ming-Fu Lin, Mianzhen Mo, Conor D. Rankine, Xiaozhe Shen, Thomas J. A. Wolf, Xijie Wang*, Structure retrieval in liquid-phase electron scattering, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2020, 23: 1308-1316

3)JPF Nunes#, K Ledbetter#, M Lin, M Kozina, DP DePonte, E Biasin, M Centurion, CJ Crissman, M Dunning, S Guillet, K Jobe, Y Liu, M Mo, X Shen, R Sublett, S Weathersby, C Yoneda, Thomas JA Wolf*, J Yang*, AA Cordones*, XJ Wang*, Liquid-phase mega-electron-volt ultrafast electron diffraction, Struct. Dyn., 2020, 7(2): 024301

4)Jie Yang*, Xiaolei Zhu, Thomas JA Wolf, Zheng Li, J Pedro F Nunes, Ryan Coffee, James P Cryan, Markus Gühr, Kareem Hegazy, Tony F Heinz, Keith Jobe, Renkai Li, Xiaozhe Shen, Theodore Veccione, Stephen Weathersby, Kyle J Wilkin, Charles Yoneda, Qiang Zheng, Todd J Martinez*, Martin Centurion*, Xijie Wang*, Imaging CF3I conical intersection and photodissociation dynamics with ultrafast electron diffraction Science, 2018, 361(6397): 64-67

5)Jie Yang, Markus Guehr*, Xiaozhe Shen, Renkai Li, Theodore Vecchione, Ryan Coffee, Jeff Corbett, Alan Fry, Nick Hartmann, Carsten Hast, Kareem Hegazy, Keith Jobe, Igor Makasyuk, Joseph Robinson, Matthew S Robinson, Sharon Vetter, Stephen Weathersby, Charles Yoneda, Xijie Wang*, Martin Centurion*, Diffractive Imaging of Coherent Nuclear Motion in Isolated Molecules, Phys. Rev. Lett., 2016, 117(15): 153002

6)Jie Yang, Markus Guehr*, Theodore Vecchione, Matthew S Robinson, Renkai Li, Nick Hartmann, Xiaozhe Shen, Ryan Coffee, Jeff Corbett, Alan Fry, Kelly Gaffney, Tais Gorkhover, Carsten Hast, Keith Jobe, Igor Makasyuk, Alexander Reid, Joseph Robinson, Sharon Vetter, Fenglin Wang, Stephen Weathersby, Charles Yoneda, Martin Centurion*, Xijie Wang*, Diffractive imaging of a rotational wavepacket in nitrogen molecules with femtosecond megaelectronvolt electron pulses, Nat. Commun., 2016, 7: 11232

7)Jie Yang, Joshua Beck, Cornelis J Uiterwaal, Martin Centurion*, Imaging of alignment and structural changes of carbon disulfide molecules using ultrafast electron diffraction, Nat. Commun., 2015, 6: 8172