Faculty Profile
  ZHANG Zhenyu
Department: Hefei National Laboratory of Physical Sciences at the Microscale
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USTC,96 Jinzhai Road, Hefei, Anhui 230026, P.R.China
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Research Profile

Zhang Zhenyu, graduated from Wuhan University in 1982 and obtained doctoral degree from University of Rutgers, U.S., in 1989. He worked in Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S., as a Distinguished Research Fellow from 1995 to 2010. In 1997 he served as a professor in University of Tennessee. From 2007 to 2008 he was Chair of Excellence of Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM). In 2008 he became a professor of USTC, initiated and established the International Center for Quantum Design of Functional Materials (ICQD) and served as the joint director of the center. He was selected into “Thousand Talents Program” in 2008. He has been doing research on theoretical condensed matter physics and simulation research has made significant progress in research on low-dimensional systems and nano-materials by using multi-scale method, especially the research on growth mechanism and stability of the surface. He introduced and developed Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulation in the growth of thin films and low dimensional structure (Science ’92 & ’97, Nature ’04). He put forward quantum growth probability of metal film and low-dimensional structure (PRL ’98) which opened a new research branch in the field of thin film growth and nanoscience. Based on quantum theory, he designed a new mechanism of high-quality thin films growth using surfactant, fractal structure and magnetic semiconductors (PRL ’94, ’99, ’04, ’08)and did series of research on thermodynamic stability, Kinetic stability, and scaling properties of atomic scale steps bound in non-equilibrium growth of thin heterogeneous film(PRL ’95, ’05, ’07). He was selected as APS Fellow in 1998, and a winner of Overseas Outstanding Youth Funds of National Natural Science Foundation (2001-2004). He is currently Divisional Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters. He has published about 183 SCI papers including 5 papers on Science and Nature, and 54 PRL papers. His papers have been cited totally for almost 5000 times and there are 10 papers cited over 100 times respectively. 
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Students interested in the following fields are welcome: 
1. Atomistic View of Nonequilibrium Growth
2. Quantum Growth and Property Control of Metal Nanostructures
3. Low-dimensional Magnetism and Spintronics
4. Nanoplasmonics
5. Solar Energy Utilization and Hydrogen Generation and Storage
6. Topological Insulator
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