Christine J. Wu

Portrait of  Christine J. Wu

  • Title
    Physicist
  • Email
    wu5@llnl.gov
  • Phone
    (925) 424-4096
  • Organization
    Not Available

After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Christine Wu joined the Condensed Matter Physics Division at LLNL in 1993 as a postdoctoral researcher. Her graduate work with Prof. Emily Carter was on "Quantum Chemistry and Chemical Dynamics on Silicon Surfaces", for which she received the Products Research Corporation Prize for Excellence in Research in 1990. She was a recipient of the Johnson Wax Research Fellowship in 1987. Since joining LLNL, Christine has broadened her computational expertise to include density functional theory (DFT), tight binding, classical molecular dynamics, coarse grain modeling, hydrodynamics simulations, and dislocation dynamics with multi-directorate collaborations. Her recent work at LLNL focuses on equations of state and behavior of energetic materials and metals under high pressures, temperatures and shears.

Dr. Wu is currently a staff scientist within the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate at LLNL. She currently leads the LLNL Plutonium Equation of State (EOS) effort within the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Advanced Simulation and Computing Physics and Engineering Models program, focusing on delivery of accurate physics-based EOSs for LLNL’s mission critical programs. She is one of LLNL’s leading experts in the development and generation of multiphase global EOSs and is widely recognized for her EOS liaison role within the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) community.

Her research covers a broad range of subjects, aimed at understanding the physics and chemistry of materials under high pressure and temperature conditions, using theoretical techniques at multiple length scales from quantum to atomistic to continuum. In 2012, Dr. Wu increased her focus on EOS and initiated the development of LLNL’s multiphase EOS generation code, MEOS. Since then, Dr. Wu and her team have delivered a series of multiphase EOSs to WCI programs. She has received multiple awards from NNSA, PLS, WCI, and Global Security for her EOS work, recognizing excellence in publication and milestone completions.

Dr. Wu is an author of more than 40 peer-reviewed publications in various journals, including Nature Chemistry and Nature Materials. She is a member of the American Physical Society and American Chemical Society. Over the years, she served as reviewer for several NNSA grants and as a PLS Ombuds from 2006 to 2016.

Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1993

M.S., Purdue University, 1988

B.S., Peking University, 1985

  1. C. J. Wu, P. Söderlind, J. N. Glosli and J. E. Klepeis, "Shear-Induced Anisotropic Plastic Flow From BCC Tantalum Prior to Melting," Nature Mater., 8, 223 (2009)
  2. C. J. Wu, L. E. Fried, L. H. Yang, Nir Goldman and Sorin Bastea "Novel Catalytic Behavior of Dense Water", Nature Chem., in press (2009).
  3. C. J. Wu, J. N. Glosli, G. Galli, and F. H. Ree, "Liquid-liquid phase transition in elemental carbon: A first-principles investigation," Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 135701 (2002).
  4. C. J. Wu and L. E. Fried, "Ring closure mediated by intramolecular hydrogen transfer in the decomposition of a push-pull nitroaromatic: TATB," J. Phys. Chem. 104, 6447 (2000).
  5. C. J. Wu and J. E. Klepeis, "Halogen adsorption on transition-metal surfaces: A case study of Cl on Ta(110)," Phys. Rev. B 55, 10848 (1996).
  6. P. C. Weakliem, C. J. Wu and E. A. Carter, "First principles-derived dynamics of a surface reaction: fluorine etching of Si(100)," Phys. Rev. Lett., 69, 200 (1992).
  7. C. J. Wu and E. A. Carter, "Mechanistic predictions for fluorine etching of Si(100)," J. Am. Chem. Soc., 113, 9061 (1991).
  8. C. J. Wu and E. A. Carter, "ab initio bond strengths in ethylene and acetylene," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 112, 5893 (1990).