Professor Yu-Yang Zhang's Group

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Professor Yu-Yang Zhang graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2005 and obtained his Ph.D. in Physics in 2011 at the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. He took two terms of postdoc in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (June 2011 to June 2013) and Vanderbilt University (June 2013 to December 2016), USA. From June 2013 to January 2015, he worked as a guest scientist in Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US. In December 2016, he joined the School of Physical Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, as an associate professor.


My current research interest is to use quantum-mechanical calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) to understand the fundamental physics in emerging quantum materials for future nano-electronics, quantum information, and energy-related applications. With such understandings, I design novel quantum materials, understand the structure-properties correlations, and propose methods to achieve property modulations for practical applications. My previous and current research projects include first-principle calculations of solid-state materials ranging from crystals, surfaces, interfaces, to various nanostructures. In particular, I study :

  1. Physics and chemistry at surfaces and interfaces: the self-assembly of molecules on metallic surfaces, electronic and dynamic properties of surface adsorption, heterogeneous catalysis.
  2. Emergent quantum phenomena: low-dimensional topological insulators, ferromagnetic Weyl semimetal, topological superconductors.
  3. Machine learning in condensed matter physics: fast processing of scanning probe microscopy images and machine learning for energy-related materials.


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  1. YuyangZhang-CV-202005.pdf