Graduate research assistant

Songsheng grew up in Beijing, China. He attended Peking University where he earned a B. S. in physics. As Ph. D. student in Columbia University, he joined the Billinge Group in fall 2018 and is currently working on developing tools for texture analysis and using pair distribution functions for structure analysis. In his spare time, he enjoys board games and computer games.

Education & Employment

Columbia University

PhD in Materials Science

New York, NY, 2017 - present
  • Advisor: Simon Billinge

Columbia University

Graduate Research Assistant

New York, NY, 2017 - 2022

Peking University

BS in Physics

Beijing, China, 2013 - 2017


  1. Adam H. Slavney, Hong Ki Kim, Songsheng Tao, Mengtan Liu, Simon J. L. Billinge, and Jarad A. Mason. "Liquid and Glass Phases of Alkylguanidinium Sulfonate Hydrogen-Bonded Organic Framework". J. American Chemical Society . 144 p. 11064–11068 Feb 2022 download doi
  2. Sani Y. Harouna-Mayer, Songsheng Tao, ZiZhou Gong, Ann-Christin Dippel, Martin von Zimmermann, Dorota Koziej, and Simon J. L. Billinge. "Real space texture and pole figure analysis using the three-dimensional pair distribution function on a platinum thin film". IUCr J . Jan 2022 download doi
  3. Christopher ``CJ" Wright, Songsheng Tao, and Simon J. L. Billinge. "SHED: Streaming Heterogeneous Event Data Tracking with Provenance". J. Open Source Software . Tbd 2021 download doi
  4. Simon J. L. Billinge, Sandra H. Skjaervoe, Maxwell W. Terban, Songsheng Tao, Long Yang, Yevgeny Rakita, and Benjamin A. Frandsen. "Local structure determination using total scattering data". Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry III. Oct 2021 download doi
  5. Jingjing Yang, Jake C. Russell, Songsheng Tao, Martina Lessio, Feifan Wang, Alaina C. Hartnett, Samuel R. Peurifoy, Evan A. Doud, Evan S. O'Brien, Natalia Gadjieva, David R. Reichman, Xiaoyang Zhu, Andrew C. Crowther, Simon J. L. Billinge, Xavier Roy, Michael L. Steigerwald, and Colin Nuckolls. "Superatomic Solid Solutions". Nature Chem. . 13 p. 607–613 Apr 2021 download doi
  6. Jeremy L. Hitt, Yuguang C. Li, Songsheng Tao, Zhifei Yan, Yue Gao, Simon J. L. Billinge, and Thomas E. Mallouk. "A High Throughput Optical Method for Studying Composition Effects in Electrochemical {CO$_2$} Reduction Catalysts". Nature Commun. . 12 p. 1114 Feb 2021 download doi
  7. Mengtan Liu, Ryan D. McGillicuddy, Hung Vuong, Songsheng Tao, Adam H. Slavney, Miguel I. Gonzalez, Simon J. L. Billinge, and Jarad A. Mason. "Network-Forming Liquids from Metal–Bis(acetamide) Frameworks with Low Melting Temperatures". J. Amer. Chem. Soc. . 143 p. 2801-2811 Feb 2021 download doi
  8. Sheng-Han Lo, Liang Feng, Kui Tan, Zhehao Huang, Shuai Yuan, Kun-Yu Wang, Bing-Han Li, Wan-Ling Liu, Gregory S. Day, Songsheng Tao, Chun-Chuen Yang, Tzuoo-Tsair Luo, Chia-Her Lin, Sue-Lein Wang, Simon J. L. Billinge, Kuang-Lieh Lu, Yves J. Chabal, Xiaodong Zou, and Hong-Cai Zhou. "Rapid desolvation-triggered domino lattice rearrangement in a metal–organic framework". Nature Chemistry . 12 p. 90-97 Dec 2019 download doi
  9. Aida Contreras-Ramirez, Songsheng Tao, Gregory S. Day, Vladimir I. Bakhmutov, Simon J. L. Billinge, and Hong-Cai Zhou. "Zirconium phosphate: the pathway from turbostratic disorder to crystallinity". Inorganic Chemistry . 58 p. 14260-14274 Oct 2019 download doi