SUN Lab: Learn, Enjoy, Innovate

Sun Lab

Molecular Quantum Devices and Quantum Information

Welcome to the Sun Lab! We are an interdisciplinary research group interested in applying chemical insight and toolboxes to study fundamental physical phenomena and develop quantum information technologies. Our laboratory strives to motivate scientists to learn, enjoy, and innovate.


July 12, 2024

Welcome Jingyu Zhang (张靖宇), our new graduate student in chemistry, to join the lab! Wish you enjoy roaming in chemistry and physics at Westlake!

June 20, 2024

Check out our review about stable organic radical qubits on The Innovation. We wish to highlight the great potential of these "old" molecules in a new field, quantum information science, which has been under-explored for so long. Good job, Aimei and Zhecheng!

June 14, 2024

Chenyue has finished her undergraduate research project at our lab with fruitful achievements. Happy graduation and good luck to your graduate study at Stanford!

June 12, 2024

Our second review for Chinese Journal of Chemistry, a nice work from Xiya and Aimei starting from our first year, has been accepted. This review summarizes recent advancements, opportunies and challenges about coherent addressing of single molecular electron spin qubits. These two reviews together delineate the theme of our research.

May 17, 2024

Our review about emergent physics in MOFs, led by Shaoze and co-written by Yingchao and Haozhou, will appear on Chinese Journal of Chemisry. We wish to bring attention both chemists and physicists the potential of MOFs as quantum materials. Looking forward to more studies on the physical beauty of MOFs!

April 1, 2024

Today marks the submission of our first original research article, a nice work from Yingchao that solves Lei's 10-year-long puzzle. It always feels great to come back to the strongest motivation of research --- curiosity.

January 15, 2024

Zetao has completed his intern program with articulated study and career plans. Good luck to your future at Westlake!

January 10, 2024

Chenyue is back to our lab as a visiting student to continue her studies on 2D MOFs. Welcome back!

January 2, 2024

We welcome our first Westlake undergraduate, Zetao Xu (徐泽涛)! During a two-week research intern, Zetao will study quantum computing and implement several quantum algorithms. Wish you enjoy the quantum-ness of Sun Lab!

November 22, 2023

Happy to see that our physics and chemistry sides are growing together. Our third graduate student in physics, Xiaoqing Yuan (袁小清), joins the lab! Welcome and look forward to your savoring at Westlake!

November 20, 2023

The very first paper from Sun Lab, a collaboration with Anderson Lab at UChicago, is published on Cell Reports Physical Science. Aimei has done a tremendous job on characterizing a room-temperature solution-phase qutrit that holds promise for quantum sensing and has proved herself as a wonderful collaborator. Congratulations to Aimei and Lauren on this nice work!

November 4, 2023

Aimei wins the Outstanding Poster Award at the 2023 Chemistry Frontiers Symposium at Westlake University. Great job!

October 12, 2023

Welcome Dr. Tian Li (李田) from Zhejiang Normal University to join us as a visiting scholar! Tian's expertise in spintronics would be an invaluable asset to our research. Looking forward to your amazing work and wish you enjoy your life (e.g. football) at Westlake!

September 14, 2023

Lei wins the Poster Prize Award from Dalton Transactions at the 18th International Conference on Molecule-Based Magnets (ICMM2023).

September 7, 2023

Ruohan has successfully finished her internship. Good luck to your graduate journey at Peking University!

August 20, 2023

Yi and Weibin officially become first-year and, well, our first graduate students in physics. We have been so familiar to each other that it even feels weird to welcome you as new students. Instead, let's welcome new physics to be discovered throughout your journey at Westlake!

August 11, 2023

Chenyue and Chu have successfully completed their summer internships with fruitful accomplishments. Good luck to your future!

August 7, 2023

Welcome Ruohan Li (李若晗) from Wuhan University to conduct summer research at our lab! Wish you enjoy the random walk in MOFs!

July 17, 2023

Exciting to have two undergraduate students join us as summer interns. Welcome Chenyue Zhu (朱辰越) and Chu Zeng (曾楚) to the Sun Lab! Wish you enjoy your life at Westlake in the next month!

March 20, 2023

Lei is appointed to be the Youth Editor of The Innovation Materials. Excited about growing with this amazing journal!

February 15, 2023

Lei's postdoctoral collaboration with Dr. Xuedan Ma at Argonne National Laboratory reveals a chemical strategy to trap electron spin qubits in carbon nanotubes, which shows up on Nature Communications.

December 27, 2022

Lei's postdoctoral collaboration with Dichtel Lab at Northwestern University yields a JACS paper reporting electron spin qubits in a 2D COF with unique density- and temperature-dependent spin dynamics.

December 17, 2022

Lei graduates from the Master of Science in Computer Science program at Georgia Institute of Technology with a Machine Learning specialization. Finally be a master!

October 6, 2022

Lei's postdoc work on room-temperature quantum sensing of Li+, a collaboration with Dr. Luming Yang from Dincă Lab, shows up on JACS. Lots of good old memory during the Argonne lock-down!

September 10, 2022

Lei celebrates his very first Teachers' Day and receives a lot of heart-warming words from lab members. Thank you all and Happy the Mooncake Day!

September 9, 2022

The Sun Lab happily celebrates the 1st anniversary! Meanwhile, Zizheng and Hengjia have successfully finished their summer research programs. Farewell and best luck!

September 8, 2022

The Sun Lab receives funding from the General Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China (国家自然科学基金面上项目).

September 1, 2022

Welcome our very first postdoc, Shaoze Wang (王少泽)! Shaoze would join the physics team to initiate a highly interdisciplinary project. Looking forward to your nice works at the Sun Lab!

August 25, 2022

After "enviously" watching the chemistry team celebrating three new members, the physics team is glad to embrace its new visiting student, Weibin Ni (倪维彬). Welcome!

August 21, 2022

Warmest welcome to our second-generation graduate students — Yingchao Wang (王颖超), Zhecheng Sun (孙哲成), and (our old friend) Haozhou Sun (孙灏舟). Wish you all enjoy yourselves at the Sun Lab. Looking forward to your nice works!

August 19, 2022

Qian has completed his summer internship with fruitful research experience. Congratulations and good luck to your future!

August 12, 2022

Congratulations to Yugang on successfully finishing the summer internship with deeper understanding in research. Meanwhile, Yugang has become the first-ever member of the Sun Lab Alumni Club. Welcome! Looking forward to your bright future!

July 18, 2022

Welcome Yugang Wu (吴余港) from Nanjing Univeristy and Qian Cao (曹前) from Wuhan University who join us for undergraduate summer internship.

July 15, 2022

Today marks the start of our brand new lab at Yungu Campus! Welcome everyone to drop by and say Hi. Amazing stories are awaiting!

June 24, 2022

We welcome Zizheng Wu (吴子诤) and Hengjia Zhang (张恒嘉) from Wuhan University to conduct undergraduate summer research.

May 5, 2022

Yi Yang (杨一) joins us as a research assistant and Haozhou Sun (孙灏舟) joins us as a visiting student. Looking forward to your journeys in the Sun Lab!

February 1, 2022

Happy Chinese New Year! Wish everyone a safe, enjoyable, and fruitful new year. We started our journey in the Year of Ox, built up a family-like research team, and went through several interesting research topics. In the coming months, we will move into our new lab, welcome new members, and kick-start exciting projects. Looking forward to a wonderful Year of Tiger!

January 26, 2022

Lei is appointed to be a Joint Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Physics.

January 25, 2022

Lei is nominated to join Frontier Reporters of Chinese Journal of Chemistry. Looking forward to working with talent young scientists!

January 4, 2022

Changdan Liao (廖长丹) joins us as an administrative assistant. Welcome!

November 11, 2021

Lei starts independent academic career as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at School of Science, Westlake University.

September 9, 2021

Hello, World! Today marks the birth of the Sun Lab (孙磊实验室). Lei and the very first graduate students of the group, Aimei Zhou (周爱梅) and Xiya Du (杜茜娅), enjoy kick-start champagne together during the first onlilne group meeting. Welcome to our exciting journey!

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