Salvador Barraza-Lopez

Salvador Barraza-Lopez

Associate Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-5933

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Salvador Barraza-Lopez currently is an Associate Professor at the Department of Physics at the University of Arkansas, where he began his career as faculty in the Fall of 2011. He obtained a PhD from the University of Illinois in 2006 under the guidance of Karl Hess. He completed postdoctoral stays at Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, working with Kyunwgha Park and Mei-Yin Chou, respectively. He is the recipient of an Early Career Award from the DOE.

Research in the group revolves around two-dimensional atomic materials and charge transport across nano-structured materials. We maintain active relations with experimental and theoretical groups on campus and elsewhere.

The group interests are presently focused on theoretical and computational means to predict the properties of two-dimensional materials, and on quantum transport.

  • Analytical mechanics (Fall, 2015)
  • Modern Physics (Spring, 2015 and Spring, 2016)
  • Undergraduate Solid State Physics (Spring, 2014)
  • Graduate-level quantum mechanics I (Fall 2011 and Fall 2012)
  • Graduate-level quantum mechanics II (Spring 2012 and Spring 2013)
  • B.S., Physics and Mathematics, Instituto Politecnico Nacional (Mexico City), 2000.
  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006.

 A review of the electronic and optical properties of strained graphene and other similar 2D materials. G. G. Naumis, SBL, M. Oliva-Leyva, and H. Terrones. Reports of Progress in Physics, forthcoming (2017).

Photostrictive two-dimensional materials in the monochalcogenide family. R. Haleoot, C. Paillard, M. Mehboudi, B. Xu, L. Bellaiche, and SBL. Physical Review Letters 118, 227401 (2017).

Structural phase transition and material properties of few-layer monochalcogenides. M. Mehboudi, B. M. Fregoso, Y. Yang, W. Zhu, A. van der Zande, J. Ferrer, L. Bellaiche, P. Kumar, and SBL. Physical Review Letters 117, 246802 (2016).

Two-dimensional disorder in black phosphorus and monochalcogenide monolayers. M. Mehboudi, A.M. Dorio, W. Zhu, A. van der Zande, H.O.H. Churchill, A.A. Pacheco-Sanjuan, E.O. Harriss, P. Kumar, and SBL. Nano Lett. 16, 1704 (2016).

Anomalous charge and negative-charge-transfer insulating state in cuprate chain-compound KCuO2. D. Choudhury, P. Rivero, D. Meyers, X. Liu, Y. Cao, S. Middey, M. J. Whitaker, SBL, J. W. Freeland, M. Greenblatt, J. Chakhalian. Phys. Rev. B 92, 201108(R) (2015).

The significance of the number of periods and period size in 2D photonic crystal waveguides. M. Sarollahi, J. Mishler, S.J. Bauman, SBL, P. Millett, and J.B. Herzog. Proc. SPIE 9556, Nanoengineering: Fabrication, Properties, Optics, and Devices XII, 95561B. (August 20, 2015).

Preserving the 7x7 surface reconstruction of clean Si(111) by graphene adsorption. J. C. Koepke, J. D. Wood, C. M. Horvath, J. W. Lyding, and SBL. Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 071603 (2015).

Intrinsic defects, fluctuations of the local shape, and the photo-oxidation of black phosphorus. K.L. Utt, P. Rivero, M. Mehboudi, E.O. Harriss, M.F. Borunda, A.A. Pacheco SanJuan, and SBL. ACS Central Science 1, 320 (2015).

Discrete differential geometry and the properties of two-dimensional materials. SBL. Accepted on 6/27/2015. Invited Contribution to an upcoming issue on Advances in Graphene Science and Engineering. Editors: Jeanie Lau (UC-Riverside), Roland Kawakami (Ohio State) and Arthur Epstein (Ohio State). Synthetic Metals 210, 32 (2015).

Strain-tunable topological quantum phase transition in buckled honeycomb lattices. J.-A. Yan, M. A. Dela Cruz, SBL, and L. Yang. Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 183107 (2015).

Strain and the optoelectronic properties of non-planar phosphorene monolayers. M. Mehboudi, K. Utt, H. Terrones, E. O. Harriss, A. A. Pacheco SanJuan, and SBL. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA) 112, 5888 (2015).

Simulated scanning tunneling microscopy images of few-layer-phosphorus capped by hexagonal boron nitride and graphene monolayers. P. Rivero, C.M. Horvath, Z. Zhu, J. Guan, D. Tomanek, and SBL. PRB 91, 115413 (2015).

Systematic pseudopotentials from reference eigenvalue sets for DFT calculations: Pseudopotential files. P. Rivero, V. M. Garcia-Suarez, D. Pereniguez, K. Utt, Y. Yang, L. Bellaiche, K. Park, J. Ferrer, and SBL. Data in Brief 3, 21 (2015).

Systematic pseudopotentials from reference eigenvalue sets for DFT calculations. P. Rivero, V. M. Garcia-Suarez, D. Pereniguez, K. Utt, Y. Yang, L. Bellaiche, K. Park, J. Ferrer, and SBL. Comp. Mat. Sci. 98, 372 (2015).

Stability and properties of high-buckled two-dimensional tin and lead. P. Rivero, V. M. Garcia-Suarez, J.-A. Yan, J. Ferrer, and SBL. PRB 90, 241408(R) (2014).

Polar catastrophe in ultra-thin limit: A case of rare-earth perovskite LaNiO3. S. Middey, P. Rivero, D. Meyers, M. Kareev, X. Liu, Y. Cao, J. W. Freeland, SBL, and J. Chakalian. Scientific Reports 4, 6819 (2014).

Graphene's morphology and electronic properties from discrete differential geometry. A. A. Pacheco Sanjuan, Z. Wang, H. Pour Imani, M. Vanevic, and SBL. PRB 89, 121403(R) (2014).

Quantitative chemistry and the discrete geometry of conformal atom-thin crystals. A. A. Pacheco Sanjuan, M. Mehboudi, E. O. Harriss, H. Terrones, and SBL. ACS Nano 8, 1136 (2014).

Strain-engineering of graphene's electronic structure beyond continuum elasticity. SBL, A. A. Pacheco-Sanjuan, Z. Wang, and M. Vanevic. Solid State Comm. 166, 70 (2013).

Strain gauge fields for rippled graphene membranes under central mechanical load: an approach beyond first-order continuum elasticity. J. V. Sloan, A. A. Pacheco-Sanjuan, Z. Wang, C. Horvath, and SBL. PRB 87, 155436 (2013).

Charge transport through graphene junctions with wetting metal leads. SBL, M. Kindermann and M.-Y. Chou. Nano Lett. 12, 3424 (2012).

Signatures of the semiconductor crystallographic orientation on the charge transport across non-epitaxial diodes. J. J. Garramone, J. R. Abel, SBL, and V. P. LaBella. APL 100, 252102 (2012).

A pathway between Bernal and rhombohedral stacked graphene layers with scanning tunneling microscopy. P. Xu, Y. Yang, D. Qi, S.D. Barber, M.L. Ackerman, J.K. Schoelz, T.B. Bothwell, SBL, L. Bellaiche, and P.M. Thibado. APL 100, 201601 (2012).

Atomic Control of strain in freestanding graphene. P. Xu, Y. Yang, S.D. Barber, M.L. Ackerman, J.K. Schoelz, D. Qi, I. A. Kornev, L. Dong, L. Bellaiche, SBL, and P.M. Thibado. PRB 85, 121406(R) (2012).

The giant surface charge density of graphene resolved from scanning tunneling microscopy and first principles theory. P. Xu, Y. Yang, S. D. Barber, M. L. Ackerman, J. K. Schoelz, I. A. Kornev, SBL, L. Bellaiche, and P. M. Thibado. PRB 84, 161409(R) (2011).

Effects of electrostatic fields and charge doping on the linear bands in twisted graphene bilayers. L. Xian, SBL , and M.-Y. Chou. PRB 84, 075425 (2011).

Separation-dependent electronic transparency of monolayer graphene membranes on III-V semiconductor substrates. K. T. He, J. C. Koepke, SBL, and J. W. Lyding. Nano Lett. 10 3446 (2010).

Effects of bonding type and interface geometry on coherent transport through the single-molecule magnet Mn(12). K. Park, SBL, V. M. Garcia-Suarez, and J. Ferrer. PRB 81, 125447 (2010).

Effects of metallic contacts on electron transport through graphene. SBL, M. Vanevic, M. Kindermann, and M.-Y. Chou. PRL 104, 076807 (2010).

Carbon nanotubes on partially depassivated n-doped Si(100)-(2x1):H substrates. SBL, P. M. Albrecht, and J. W. Lyding. PRB 80, 045415 (2009).

First-principles study of electron transport through the single-molecule magnet Mn(12). SBL, K. Park, V. M. Garcia-Suarez, and J. Ferrer. PRL 102, 246801 (2009).

Spin-filtering effect in the transport through a single-molecule magnet Mn(12) bridged between metallic electrodes. SBL, K. Park, V. M. Garcia-Suarez, and J. Ferrer. J. Appl. Phys. 105, 07E309 (2009).

The interaction between a monolayer of single-molecule magnets and a metal surface. SBL, M. C. Avery, and K. Park. J. Appl. Phys. 103, 07B907 (2008).

First-principles study of a single-molecule magnet Mn(12) monolayer on the Au(111) surface. SBL, M. C. Avery, and K. Park. PRB 76 224413 (2007).

Preferential orientation of a chiral semiconducting carbon nanotube on the locally depassivated Si(100)-2x1 : H surface identified by scanning tunneling microscopy. P. M. Albrecht, SBL, and J. W. Lyding. Small 3, 1402 (2007).

High-visibility interferometric measurement of the diffraction phase. SBL, D. F. V. James, and P. G. Kwiat. J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 24, 1148 (2007).

Scanning tunnelling spectroscopy and ab initio calculations of single-walled carbon nanotubes interfaced with highly doped hydrogen-passivated Si(100) substrates. P. M. Albrecht, SBL, and J. W. Lyding. Nanotechnology 18, 095204 (2007).

Ab initio study of semiconducting carbon nanotubes adsorbed on the Si(100) surface: Diameter- and registration-dependent atomic configurations and electronic properties. SBL, P. M. Albrecht, N. A. Romero, and K. Hess. J. Appl. Phys. 100, 124304(2006).

Conductance modulation of metallic carbon nanotubes by remote charged rings. SBL, S. V. Rotkin, Y. Li, and K. Hess. Europhys. Lett 69, 1003 (2005).

Experimental entanglement distillation and 'hidden' non-locality. P. G. Kwiat, SBL, A. Stefanov, and N. Gisin. Nature 409, 1014 (2001).

DOE Early Career Award (2016-2021).