Doctor of Philosophy

Condensed Matter Physics

M.A. Albao, Substitutional Co-mediated island-edge decoration in Co/Cu(001): A kinetic Monte Carlo study,” JVSTA 39, 063201 (2021).
M.A. Albao, “Coexistence of first-order and second-order desorption processes during temperature-programmed desorption of Bi on Ni(100) analyzed by kinetic Monte Carlo techniques,” JVSTA 38, 053205 (2020).
M.A. Albao, “Impact of defect-driven surface inhomogeneity and minimal island formation on temperature-programmed desorption spectra: A kinetic Monte Carlo study”, Surfaces and Interfaces 16, 85-92 (2019). Funded by OVPAA-ECWRG (2017-1-003).
R.B. Villaos, C.P. Crisostomo, Z.-Q. Huang, S.-M. Huang, A. A. B. Padama, M.A. Albao, H.L., F.-C. Chuang, “Thickness dependent electronic properties of Pt dichalcogenides”, NPJ 2D, 3:2 (2019).
Z.-Q. Huang, W.-C. Chen, G. M. Macam, C. P. Crisostomo, S.-M. Huang, R.-B. Chen, M. A. Albao, D.-J. Jang, H. Lin, F.-C. Chuang, “Prediction of Quantum Anomalous Hall Effect in MBi and MSb (M:Ti, Zr, and Hf) Honeycombs”, Nanoscale Res. Lett.13 (1), 43 (2018).
A.A. B. Padama and M.A. Albao, “Interaction of coadsorbed C and O atoms on W(100) surface: Implications of CO2 on the temperature-programmed desorption profile”, Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A 36, 021402 (2018).
J.R. Albia and M.A. Albao , “Dynamic Scaling of Island Size distribution in submonolayer one-dimensional growth”, Phys Rev E 95, 042802 (2017).
M.A. Albao and A.A. B. Padama , “CO adsorption on W(100) during temperature-programmed desorption: A combined density functional theory and kinetic Monte Carlo study”, Appl. Surf. Sci., Volume 396, 1282-1288 (2017). Funded by OVPAA-ECWRG (CRSF-1137.2).
M.A. Albao, A.P. Cristobal, and  J.R. Albia,” Quantifying STM-tip induced directed hopping of Sb2 dimers on Si(001): a kinetic Monte Carlo study”, J. Vac.Sci.Technol. A 33 (6), 061407 (2015).
C.P. Crisostomo, L.-Z. Yao, Z.-Q. Huang, C.-H. Hsu, F.-C. Chuang, H. Lin, M. A. Albao, and A. Bansil, “ Robust Large Gap Two-Dimensional Topological Insulators in Hydrogenated III-V Buckled Honeycombs”, Nano Lett 15(10) ,6568-6574 (2015).
J.R. Albia and M.A. Albao , “Non-Arrhenius temperature dependence of the island density of one-dimensional Al chains on Si(100): a kinetic Monte Carlo study”, 
J. Vac.Sci.Technol. A 33 (2), 021404 (2015).
J.R. Albia, M.A. Albao, and Henry J. Ramos, “ Adsorption and one-dimensional growth of Al and In chains on Si(100):2×1: A kinetic Monte Carlo approach”, Adsorpt. Sci. Technol 32 (9), 748-757 (2014).


PhD Physics

Quantum transport, quantum thermodynamics, nonequilibrium quantum systems

Cuansing, E.C. (2017). Attenuation and amplification of the transient current in nanojunctions with time-varying gate potentials. International Journal of Modern Physics B 31, 1750105.

Cuansing, E.C., Li, H., and Wang, J.-S. (2012). Role of the on-site pinning potential in establishing quasi-steady-state conditions of heat transport in finite quantum systems. Physical Review E 86, 031132.

Cuansing, E.C. and Liang, G. (2011). Time-dependent quantum transport and power-law decay of the transient current in a nano-relay and nano-oscillator. Journal of Applied Physics 110, 083704.

Cuansing, E.C. and Wang, J.-S. (2010). Tunable heat pump by modulating the coupling to the leads. Physical Review E 82, 021116.

Cuansing, E.C. and Wang, J.-S. (2010). Transient behavior of heat transport in a quantum thermal switch. Physical Review B 81, 052302.

Cuansing, E.C. and Wang, J.-S. (2009). Quantum transport in honeycomb lattice ribbons with armchair and zigzag edges coupled to semi-infinite linear chain leads. European Physical Journal B 69, 505.
7. Cuansing, E.C. and Nakanishi, H. (2008). Quantum transport in randomly diluted quantum percolation clusters in two dimensions. Physica A 387, 806.

Goldschmidt, Y.Y. and Cuansing, E.C. (2005). Melting of the nanocrystalline vortex matter in highly anisotropic high-temperature superconductors. Physical Review Letters 95, 177004.

Cuansing, E. and Nakanishi, H. (2004). Quantum interference effects in particle transport through square lattices. Physical Review E 70, 066142.

Cuansing, E. and Nakanishi, H. (2003). Structure and diffusion time scales of disordered clusters. Physica A 322, 1.

Coordinator for Research and Extension


Doctor of Philosophy

Surfaces, interfaces, functionalization

Ana Rose Ramos, Alvin Karlo G Tapia, Chrysline Margus N Piñol, Nacita B Lantican, Ma Lourdes F del Mundo, Ronniel D Manalo, Marvin U Herrera, Morphological, electrical and antimicrobial properties of polyaniline-coated paper prepared via a two-pot layer-by-layer technique, Materials Chemistry and Physics 238 (2019) 121972
Ana Rose Ramos, Alvin Karlo G Tapia, Chrysline Margus N Piñol, Nacita B Lantican, Ma Lourdes F del Mundo, Ronniel D Manalo, Marvin U Herrera, Effects of reaction temperatures and reactant concentrations on the antimicrobial characteristics of copper precipitates synthesized using L-ascorbic acid as reducing agent, Journal of Science: Advanced Materials and Devices, 4 (1) 66-71 (2019)
M. U. Herrera, C.M Futalan, R. Gapusan, M.D L Balela, Removal of methyl orange dye and copper (II) ions from aqueous solution using polyaniline-coated kapok (Ceiba pentandra) fibers, Water Science and Technology, 78:5 1137-1147 (2018)
A.C. Lacuesta, M.U. Herrera, R. Manalo, M.D.L. Balela, Fabrication of kapok paper-zinc oxide-polyaniline hybrid nanocomposite for methyl orange removal, Surface and Coatings Technology, 350, 971-976 (2018)
S.D. Tigno, M.U. Herrera, M.D.L. Balela, Hydrophobicity of functionalized TiO2-based kapok nanocomposite, Surface and Coatings Technology, 350, 857-862 (2018)
A.P. Cano, A.V. Gilado, A.D. Montecillo, M.U.Herrera, Copper sulfate-embedded and copper oxide-embedded filter paper and their antimicrobial properties, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 207, 147-153 (2018)
M.M.P. Parel, A.V. Gillado, M.U. Herrera, Morphology and Electrical Conductivity of Polyaniline Coating on Acetate Film, Surfaces and Interfaces, 10, 74-77 (2018) 
Apollo R Agcaoili, Marvin U Herrera, Cybelle M Futalan, Mary Donnabelle L Balela, Fabrication of polyacrylonitrile-coated kapok hollow microtubes for adsorption of methyl orange and Cu (II) ions in aqueous solution, Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, 78 (2017) 359-369
M. Herrera, T. Ichii, K. Murase, H. Sugimura, Use of Diode Analogy in Explaining the Voltammetric Characteristics of Immobilized Ferrocenyl Moieties on a Silicon Surface, ChemElectroChem (2015) 2,68–72
M. Herrera, T. Ichii, K. Murase, H. Sugimura, Photochemical Grafting of Methyl Groups on a Si(111) Surface using a Grignard Reagent, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 411 (2013) 145–151

Allan Abraham B. PADAMA

Doctor of Philosophy

Computational materials science, surface and interface physics, gas-surface interactions

Padama, A. A. B., Ocon, J. D., Nakanishi, H., & Kasai, H. (2019). Interaction of CO, O, and CO 2 with Cu cluster supported on Cu (111): A density functional theory study. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 31, 415201.

Padama, A. A. B., Dino, W. A., Wada, M., Tsumori, K., Kisaki, M., Kasai, H., Nakanishi, H., Sasao, M., & Tanaka, N. (2018). Adsorption of H on Cs/W (110): Impact of H on the Stability of Cs on the Surface. e-Journal of Surface Science and Nanotechnology, 16, 391-395.

Padama, A. A. B., & Albao, M. A. (2018). Interaction of coadsorbed C and O atoms on W (100) surface: Implications of CO2 on the temperature-programmed desorption profile. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films, 36(2), 021402.

Padama, A. A. B., Cristobal, A. P. S., Ocon, J. D., Diño, W. A., & Kasai, H. (2017). Effects of Adsorbates (CO, COH, and HCO) on the Arrangement of Pd Atoms in PdCu (111). The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 121(33), 17818-17826.

Padama, A. A. B., Villaos, R. A. B., Albia, J. R., Diño, W. A., Nakanishi, H., & Kasai, H. (2016). CO-induced Pd segregation and the effect of subsurface Pd on CO adsorption on CuPd surfaces. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 29(2), 025005.

Padama, A. A. B., Nakanishi, H., & Kasai, H. (2015). Quantum states of hydrogen atom on Pd (1 1 0) surface. Applied Surface Science, 359, 687-691.

Padama, A. A. B., & Kasai, H. (2015). Understanding the mechanism of H atom absorption in the Pd (1 1 0) surface. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 645, S123-S127.

Padama, A. A. B., Kishi, H., Arevalo, R. L., Moreno, J. L. V., Kasai, H., Taniguchi, M., Uenishi, M., Tanaka, H., & Nishihata, Y. (2012). NO dissociation on Cu (111) and Cu2O (111) surfaces: a density functional theory based study. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 24(17), 175005.

IMSP Deputy Director


PhD Physics

Computational Materials Physics, First-principles Calculations, Energy Conversion and Storage

Darwin Barayang Putungan and Rinlee Butch Cervera, Water Adsorption and Dissociation on Ni3 and Ni5 Decorated Y-and Sc-stabilized Zirconia: Insights from Density Functional Theory Investigation, e-Journal of Surface Science and Nanotechnology, 17, 2019, 117-123

Ming-Hsiu Wu, Wan-Jou Chou, Jian-Syun Huang, Darwin Putungan and Shi-Hsin Lin, First-principles investigation of the hydrogen evolution reaction on different surfaces of pyrites MnS2, FeS2, CoS2, NiS2, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2019, 10.1039/C9CP03893K

Alexandra B. Santos-Putungan and Darwin Barayang Putungan, Methane adsorption on strained 1T’-MoS2 monolayer: Insights from density functional theory calculations, Materials Research Express, 6 (6), 2019, 065512

Gilbert Moises Oca and Darwin Barayang Putungan, On-lattice kinetic Monte Carlo simulation of defects migration in silicon: Effects of temperature and recombination distance, Journal of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering, 18, 2018, 821-833

Yi-Xuang Li, Darwin Barayang Putungan and Shi-Hsin Lin, Two-dimensional MTe2 (M = Co, Fe, Mn, Sc, Ti) transition metal tellurides as sodium ion battery anode materials: Density functional theory calculations, Physics Letters A, 382 (38), 2018, 2781-2786

Alexandra B. Santos-Putungan and Darwin Barayang Putungan, Density functional theory study of uni- and bi-metallic small Pt and Ni clusters for fuel conversion applications, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 1039, 2018, 012029

Darwin Barayang Putungan and Shi-Hsin Lin, Structural properties of small Lin (n = 5–8) atomic clusters via ab initio random structure searching: A look into the role of different implementations of long-range dispersion corrections, International Journal of Modern Physics B, 32 (2), 2018, 1850009

Darwin Barayang Putungan and Shi-Hsin Lin, A look into atomic carbon and oxygen adsorption on 1T’-MoS2 monolayer: density functional theory calculations. Materials Research Express, 4, 2017, 125026

Darwin Barayang Putungan, Shi-Hsin Lin and Jer-Lai Kuo, Metallic VS2
Monolayer Polytypes as Potential Sodium-Ion Battery Anode via ab Initio Random Structure Searching. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 8 (29), 2016, 18754-

Darwin Barayang Putungan, Shi-Hsin Lin, Ching-Ming Wei, Jer-Lai Kuo, Li adsorption, hydrogen storage and dissociation using monolayer MoS2: an ab initio random structure searching approach. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17 (17), 2015, 11367-11374

Physics Division Head


PhD Physics

Social and language networks, Machine learning applications

Gestiada, G., Nazareno, A., & Roxas-Villanueva, R. M. (2017). Development of a Senior High School Career Decision Tool Based on Social Cognitive Career Theory. Philippine Journal of Science, 146(4), 445-455.

Roxas-Villanueva, R. M., Nambatac, M. K., & Tapang, G. (2012). Characterizing english poetic style using complex networks. International Journal of Modern Physics C, 23(02), 1250009.

Roxas, R. M., & Tapang, G. (2010). Prose and poetry classification and boundary detection using word adjacency network analysis. International Journal of Modern Physics C, 21(04), 503-512.

Monterola, C., Roxas, R. M., & Carreon‐Monterola, S. (2009). Characterizing the effect of seating arrangement on classroom learning using neural networks. Complexity, 14(4), 26-33.

Marasigan, E. J. B., Roxas-Villanueva, R. M. L., & Herrera, M. U. (2019, March). Antimicrobial property and water-triggered release characteristics of zinc sulphate-polyvinyl acetate adhesive blend. In Journal of Physics: Conference Series (Vol. 1191, No. 1, p. 012036). IOP Publishing.

Nazareno, A. L., Lopez, M. J. F., Gestiada, G. A., Martinez, M. P., & Roxas-Villanueva, R. M. (2019, August). An artificial neural network approach in predicting career strand of incoming senior high school students. In Journal of Physics: Conference Series (Vol. 1245, No. 1, p. 012005). IOP Publishing.

Martinez, M. P., Amarga, A. K. S., Gestiada, G. A., Lopez, M. J. F., Nazareno, A. L., & Roxas-Villanueva, R. M. L. (2019, August). Network approach on characterizing floral diversity in the agroforestry zone of Mount Makiling Forest Reserve, Philippines. In Journal of Physics: Conference Series (Vol. 1245, No. 1, p. 012033). IOP Publishing.

De Jesus, A. P. O., Roxas-Villanueva, R. L., & Herrera, M. U. (2017, May). Antimicrobial and water-triggered release characteristics of a copper sulfate-polyvinyl acetate adhesive composite. In IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering (Vol. 201, No. 1, p. 012007). IOP Publishing.

Alvin Karlo G. TAPIA

Doctor of Science (Chemical Physics)

Disordered materials, low frequency spectroscopy, ultrafast physics