Kyle Bushick

  • Program Year: 2
  • Academic Institution: University of Michigan
  • Field of Study: Materials Science
  • Academic Advisor: Emmanouil Kioupakis
  • Practicum(s): Practicum Not Yet Completed
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2018

Summary of Research

I use first principles calculations to characterize and understand the electronic and optical properties of functional materials. In particular I am interested in understanding the role of phonon mediated quantum processes (such as indirect absorption) as well as Auger recombination.


Bushick, K.*; Mengle, K. A.*; Chae, S.; Kioupakis, E. Electron and Hole Mobility of Rutile GeO2 from First Principles: An Ultrawide-Bandgap Semiconductor for Power Electronics. Appl. Phys. Lett. 2020, 117 (18), 182104.

He, J.; Yao, Z.; Hegde, V. I.; Naghavi, S. S.; Shen, J.; Bushick, K. M.; Wolverton, C. Computational Discovery of Stable Heteroanionic Oxychalcogenides ABXO (A, B = Metals; X = S, Se, and Te) and Their Potential Applications. Chem. Mater. 2020, 32 (19), 8229-8242.

Song, B.*; Chen, K.*; Bushick, K.*; Mengle, K. A.; Tian, F.; Gamage, G. A. G. U.; Ren, Z.; Kioupakis, E.; Chen, G. Optical Properties of Cubic Boron Arsenide. Appl. Phys. Lett. 2020, 116 (14), 141903.

Bushick, K.*; Chae, S.*; Deng, Z.; Heron, J. T.; Kioupakis, E. Boron Arsenide Heterostructures: Lattice-Matched Heterointerfaces and Strain Effects on Band Alignments and Mobility. npj Comput. Mater. 2020, 6 (1), 3.

Bushick, K.; Mengle, K.; Sanders, N.; Kioupakis, E. Band Structure and Carrier Effective Masses of Boron Arsenide: Effects of Quasiparticle and Spin-Orbit Coupling Corrections. Appl. Phys. Lett. 2019, 114, 022101.


National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (Declined).
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (Declined).

Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE) Fellowship.
Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University.
Hilliard Award for Research and Design (Northwestern)

Tau Beta Pi Record Scholarship.

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Illinois Gamma Chapter, Inducted.

Murphy Institute Scholar at Northwestern University
National Merit Scholarship