Xiao Wang earned his Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Georgia in 2016. After graduating, he became a postdoctoral associate at Virginia Tech, working with Prof. Edward Valeev on periodic wavefunction methods. In 2019, Xiao joined the Flatiron Institute as a Flatiron Research Fellow in the Center for Computational Quantum Physics. Together with Prof. Timothy Berkelbach, Xiao studied various exciton properties in solids with the state-of-the-art quantum chemistry methods.
Since July 2022, Xiao is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In his new position, Xiao’s main focus is the development of ab initio quantum chemistry methods for materials to answer challenging problems involving molecular crystals, catalysis, and strong light-matter interaction.