Ph.D. Student

Materials Science
University of Vermont

Discovery Hall W318
82 University Place
Burlington, Vermont 05405

Phone: +1 (802) 656-0276


B.Sc. Composite Material Engineering, North University of China, 2012
M.Sc. Materials Engineering, University of Dayton, 2017
M.Sc. Chemical Engineering, University of Dayton, 2017

Research Interests

Zihui Song is currently working on a combination of experimental terahertz spectroscopy design and characterization, and quantum mechanical simulations, with the overall goal of fully understanding the low-frequency response of porous materials and pharmaceutical solids. Specifically, Zihui has set up a 0.3-6 THz terahertz time-domain spectroscopy system, and she is currently building an air-plasma terahertz spectrometer to increase the bandwidth by an order of magnitude. She is simultaneously focusing on characterizing porous and pharmaceutical materials, with the goal of understanding how intermolecular forces and terahertz dynamics influence bulk-scale materials properties.

Zihui is originally from Tianjin, China (where the largest port in China is located!), and has a strong background in engineering, materials science, and fundamental chemistry and physics. Zihui has a strong interest in understanding processes from the ground up, and as such her research interests lie in going from fundamental understanding to application-driven results. She is excited by highly-interdisciplinary work, and enjoys working in the Ruggiero group due to the link between experiment and theory.