Dr. Nguyen Tuan Hung is currently an assistant professor in Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences (FRIS) at Tohoku University. Nguyen conducts research focusing on the theory and simulation of fundamental energy conversion and storage with applications to thermoelectricity, artificial muscles, and others. Tight-binding method, first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations, ab initio molecular dynamics, electron-phonon wannier, and machine learning techniques are common tools used.

Nguyen's research interests:
  • Revisited low-dimensional thermoelectric materials.
  • Artificial muscles and actuator materials: Theory and design.
  • Simultaneous anionic and cationic redox reactivity for high-energy-density electrodes.
  • Electronic and optical properties of two-dimensional materials

News and Updates

Topological materials

Feb. 11, 2020

Our collaborative paper in Weyl semimetal was selected by Pennsylvania State University News with tiltel "New class of materials shows strange electron properties". Other social media coverage in

More information: K. Zhang et al. Anomalous phonon-mode dependence in polarized Raman spectroscopy of the topological Weyl semimetal TaP, Physical Review B 101, 014308 (2020).


Feb. 20, 2018

Our paper in thermoelectricity was selected for collection in Memory of Mildred S. Dresselhaus of Physical Review Applied. This collection published on the first anniversary of her death reflect Millie's view that fundamental and applied sciences can shine more brightly by mutual enrichment in a tight collaboration.

More information: Nguyen Tuan Hung et al. Universal curve of optimum thermoelectric figure of merit for bulk and low-dimensional semiconductors, Physical Review Applied 9, 024019 (2018).


March 13th, 2017

Nguyen (D1) got 2017 Aoba Society Prize for the Promotion of Science. This Prize is given to a few excellent students in Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University. Nguyen got the award for the work on thermoelectricity of low-dimensional materials. Since this award is usually given to D3 students, to get the award at D1 stage is somehow exceptional.

Photo: From left, Dong-chan, Nguyen-san, Prof. Suto (Executive Director)


Aug. 23, 2016

Tohoku University News coverage on the "Theory of thermoelectric properties updated after 23 years". Other social media coverage in

More information: Nguyen T. Hung et al. Quantum Effects in the Thermoelectric Power Factor of Low-Dimensional Semiconductors, Physical Review Letters 117, 036602 (2016).