Professor Ching-Yao Fong

Address: Department of Physics, University of California, Davis, CA 95616-8677.

Phone: (530) 752-1792. Fax: (530) 752-4717. E-mail:

Ching-Yao Fong

Professor, Physics

One Shields Avenue
Physics Department
Davis, CA 95616

Office: 403 Phy/Geo
Phone: +1 (530) 752-1792
Fax: +1 (530) 752-4717

Personal web site

Research Interests

Theoretical solid-state physics. Design half-metallic compounds for spintronic applications; impurity states in quantum dots; vibrational properties in semiconductors, growth processes for semiconductor films.

A paper entitled "Half-metallic properties of atomic chains of carbon-transition-metal compounds", by S. Dag, S. Tongay, T. Yildirim, E. Durgun, R. T. Senger, C. Y. Fong, and S. Ciraci and published in Phys. Rev. B72, 155444 (2005) was selected as an article featuring the frontier area of nanomagnetism and spintronics in the November 14, 2005 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology, published by the American Institute of Physics and American Physical Society.

Career History

  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1968
  • Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis, 1969-1974
  • Associate Professor, University of California, Davis, 1974-1978
  • Professor, University of California, Davis, 1978-Present


  • Elected Fellow of the British Institute of Physics, 1999
  • Member, Editorial Board for Journal of Applied Physics and Applied Physics Letters, 1995-97
  • Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1995
  • Member, Editorial Board for the Journal "Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering", 1992- present
  • IBM Summer Faculty Fellow, 1989
  • NASA-ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship, 1978, 1977
  • Summer University of California Fellowship, 1969
  • E. Anthony Scholarship, 1967-68
  • Gordon-McKay Fellowship, 1962-63