Student NameJonathan Gant
Faculty Mentor NameXiaoguang Zhang
CollegeCollege of Liberal Arts and Sciences
MajorPhysics and Mathematics
MinorPhilosophy
Research InterestsQuantum Materials, Spintronics, Nuclear Fusion
Academic AwardsStamps Scholar 2018; President's Honor Roll 2018
OrganizationsUF Student Government; Society of Physics Students; Gestalt A Cappella
VolunteeringHabitat for Humanity; East Gainesville Science Clubs
Hobbies and InterestsBackpacking, Music Composition/Performance, Sailing, Writing

Why I got involved in research:

To advance my understanding of advanced topics and pioneer new knowledge

Research Project

Inverse Modeling of Molecular Magnetic Quantum Materials

The goal of this project is to develop a simulation based aid for the synthesis of novel single molecule magnets. The simulation will use inverse modeling techniques and a unique data type called the Atomic Environment Vector (AEV) which is static for a given set of atomic species even if the number of atoms change, making them extremely useful in genetic algorithms or machine learning applications. Successful implementation of an accurate inverse modeling program will allow for the discovery of a multitude of unique single molecule magnets leading to novel, innovative applications in numerous fields such as spintronics.