Professor Department of Physics

Professor Wenqing Zhang is a professor in Physics and Materials Science, with BSc/MSc degrees from Xiamen University and Ph.D. degree from Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prof. Zhang has worked in FHI in German, and Harvard University, Princeton University, and UCSB in America. He joined the faculty of Institute of Ceramics, CAS at the special CAS "one-hundred-talent plan" in 2003, and moved to SUSTech as a full professor in 2017. Prof. Zhang’s research interests cover energy conversion and storage materials including thermoelectrics, catalysis and Li battery materials, computational materials science, and interface-related phenomena in functional materials. Dr. Zhang was elected as an APS Fellow due to his pioneering work in thermoelectric material design and computational materials science in 2013.

Personal Profile

Brief Introduction

Professor Wenqing Zhang is a professor in Physics and Materials Science, with BSc/MSc degrees from Xiamen University and Ph.D. degree from Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prof. Zhang has worked in FHI in German, and Harvard University, Princeton University, and UCSB in America. He joined the faculty of Institute of Ceramics, CAS at the special CAS "one-hundred-talent plan" in 2003, and moved to SUSTech as a full professor in 2017. Prof. Zhang’s research interests cover energy conversion and storage materials including thermoelectrics, catalysis and Li battery materials, computational materials science, and interface-related phenomena in functional materials. Dr. Zhang was elected as an APS Fellow due to his pioneering work in thermoelectric material design and computational materials science in 2013.

Research Interests

Integrated Computational Materials Science and Materials design

Transport physics of electron and phonon

Energy conversion and storage materials, thermoelectrics and catalysis

Educational Background

1992 Ph. D., Physics, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

1989 M. S., physics, Xiamen University, China

1986 B. S., physics, Xiamen University, China

Professional Experience

2017 - Present, Professor, Department of Physics, Southern University of Science and Technology

2013 - 2017, Professor, Material Genome Institute, Shanghai University

2003 - 2013, Professor, Group Leader, Deputy Director of the State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructures, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050, China

2004 - 2005, Visiting Professor, Institute for Metal Research, Max-PlanckGesellschaft, Stuttgart, Germany

1997 - 2003, Research staff, Physics and Physical Chemistry Department, General Motors R&D, Warren, Michigan, USA

2002 - 2003, Research Faculty, Materials Department, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106

2000 - 2002, Research Staff, Princeton Materials Institute, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 0854

1997 - 1999, Research Associate Fellowship, Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138

1997, Visiting Scientist, Theory Department, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin-Dahlem, Germany

1995-1997, Associate Professor, Institute of Applied Physics, Beijing University of Science & Technology, China

1993-1995, Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, China (Supervisor: Professor Dingsheng Wang)

MEMBERSHIP

1997-present, Member, American Physical Society

1997-present, Member, American Materials Research Society

Honors & Awards

Exceptional Young Scientist Foundation Award from NSFC

APS fellow

The State Natural Science Award (2nd rank)

Selected Publications

Invited Reviews and Book Chapters

6. J. Yang, L. Xi, W. Zhang, L.D. Chen, D. Wang, and Z.G. Shuai, “Band Engineering and Design of Thermoelectric Materials”, Modeling and Simulation of Materials at Nanoscale, Eds. Z. Shuai, and K. Xia, (Beijing, Scientific publisher, 2013) ;杨炯,席丽丽, 张文清,陈立东,王冬,帅志刚,“基于理论计算的能带调控及热电材料设计”,纳米结构与性能的理论计算及模拟,帅志刚,夏钶等著,北京,科学出版社,2013.

5. L.D. Chen, Z. Xiong, R.H. Liu, W. Zhang, “Bulk Nanocomposites of Thermoelectric Materials”, Materials, Preparation, and Characterization in Thermoelectrics, Edited by D. M. Rowe, CRC Press, 2012.

4. J. Yang, X. Shi, W. Zhang, L.D. Chen, J. Yang, “Ab Initio-Based Band Engineering and Rational Design of Thermoelectric Materials”, Materials, Preparation, and Characterization in Thermoelectrics, Edited by D. M. Rowe, CRC Press, 2012.

3. X. Shi, S.Q. Bai, L. Xi, J. Yang, W. Zhang, L,D. Chen, J. Yang, “Realization of high thermoelectric performance in n-type partially filled skutterudites”, J. Mater. Res., 26 (2011) 1745-1755

2. L.L.Xi, J. Yang, X. Shi, W. Zhang, L.D. Chen and J.H. Yang, “Filled skutterudites:from single to multiple filling”, Scientia Sinica Physica, 41 (2011), 706-728. (席丽丽,杨炯,史迅, 张文清,陈立东,杨继辉,“填充方钴矿热电材料:从单填到多填”,中国科学, 41(6) (2011) 706-728)

1. L. Xi, W. Zhang, L. Chen, and J. Yang, “Filled Skutterudites: from single to multiple filling”, J. Kor. Ceram. Soc., 47 (2010), 54-60.

Refereed Journal ( Until March, 2015)

10. L. Xi, Y. Qiu, S. Zheng, X. Shi, J. Yang, L. Chen, D. J. Singh, J. Yang, W. Zhang, "Complex doping of group 13 elements In and Ga in caged skutterudite CoSb3." Acta Mater. 85, 112-121(2015).

9. S. Wang , J. Yang , L. Wu , P. Wei ,J. Yang , W. Zhang , Y. Grin, “Anisotropic

multicenter bonding and high thermoelectric performance in electron-poor CdSb”,
Chem. Mater. (2015) DOI: 10.1021/cm504398d.

8. J. Zhu, X. Ren, J. Liu, W. Zhang, and Z. Wen, “Unraveling the Catalytic Mechanism of Co3O4 for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction in a Li–O2 Battery”, ACS Catal., 5 (1), 73–81 (2015).

7. W. Qiu, L. Xi, P. Wei, X. Ke, J. Yang, and W. Zhang, “Part-Crystalline Part-Liquid State and Rattling-Like Thermal Damping in Materials with Chemical-Bond Hierarchy”, PNAS, 111, 15031-15035 (2014).

6. J. Zhang, R. Liu, N. Cheng, Y. Zhang, J. Yang, C. Uher, X. Shi, L. Chen, and W. Zhang, “High-Performance Pseudocubic Thermoelectric Materials from Non-Cubic Chalcopyrite Compounds”, Adv. Mater., 26, 3848-3853(2014).

5. Y. Liang, X. Yuan, Y. Gao, W. Zhang, P. Zhang, “Phonon-Assisted Crossover from a Nonmagnetic Peierls Insulator to a Magnetic Stoner Metal”, Phys. Rev. Lett., 113 176401(2014).

4. L. Wu, J. Yang, S. Wang, P. Wei, J. Yang, W. Zhang, and L. Chen, “Twodimensional thermoelectrics with Rashba spin-split bands in bulk BiTeI”, Phys. Rev. B, 90 195210 (2014).

3. F. Du, X. Ren, J. Yang, J. Liu, W. Zhang, “Structures, Thermodynamics, and Li+ Mobility of Li10GeP2S12: A First-Principles Analysis”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 118, 10590–10595 (2014).

2. X. Ren, J. Zhu, F. Du, J. Liu, W. Zhang, “B-Doped Graphene as Catalyst To Improve Charge Rate of Lithium–Air Battery”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 118, 22412–22418 (2014).

1. L. Wu, J. Yang, S. Wang, P. Wei, J. Yang, W. Zhang, and L. Chen, “Thermopower enhancement in quantum wells with the Rashba effect”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 105, 202115 (2014).

Research

Integrated Computational Materials Science and Materials design

Transport physics of electron and phonon

Energy conversion and storage materials, thermoelectrics and catalysis


Teaching

General Physics A (II)

Literature Searching and Scientific Papers Writing

Lectures on selected Frontiers in Physics


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Invited Reviews and Book Chapters

J. Yang, L. Xi, W. Zhang, L.D. Chen, D. Wang, and Z.G. Shuai, “Band Engineering and Design of Thermoelectric Materials”, Modeling and Simulation of Materials at Nanoscale, Eds. Z. Shuai, and K. Xia, (Beijing, Scientific publisher, 2013) ;杨炯,席丽丽, 张文清,陈立东,王冬,帅志刚,“基于理论计算的能带调控及热电材料设计”,纳米结构与性能的理论计算及模拟,帅志刚,夏钶等著,北京,科学出版社,2013.

L.D. Chen, Z. Xiong, R.H. Liu, W. Zhang, “Bulk Nanocomposites of Thermoelectric Materials”, Materials, Preparation, and Characterization in Thermoelectrics, Edited by D. M. Rowe, CRC Press, 2012.

J. Yang, X. Shi, W. Zhang, L.D. Chen, J. Yang, “Ab Initio-Based Band Engineering and Rational Design of Thermoelectric Materials”, Materials, Preparation, and Characterization in Thermoelectrics, Edited by D. M. Rowe, CRC Press, 2012.

X. Shi, S.Q. Bai, L. Xi, J. Yang, W. Zhang, L,D. Chen, J. Yang, “Realization of high thermoelectric performance in n-type partially filled skutterudites”, J. Mater. Res., 26 (2011) 1745-1755

L.L.Xi, J. Yang, X. Shi, W. Zhang, L.D. Chen and J.H. Yang, “Filled skutterudites:from single to multiple filling”, Scientia Sinica Physica, 41 (2011), 706-728. (席丽丽,杨炯,史迅, 张文清,陈立东,杨继辉,“填充方钴矿热电材料:从单填到多填”,中国科学, 41(6) (2011) 706-728)

L. Xi, W. Zhang, L. Chen, and J. Yang, “Filled Skutterudites: from single to multiple filling”, J. Kor. Ceram. Soc., 47 (2010), 54-60.

Refereed Journal ( Until March, 2015)

L. Xi, Y. Qiu, S. Zheng, X. Shi, J. Yang, L. Chen, D. J. Singh, J. Yang, W. Zhang, "Complex doping of group 13 elements In and Ga in caged skutterudite CoSb3." Acta Mater. 85, 112-121(2015).

S. Wang , J. Yang , L. Wu , P. Wei ,J. Yang , W. Zhang , Y. Grin, “Anisotropic multicenter bonding and high thermoelectric performance in electron-poor CdSb”, Chem. Mater. (2015) DOI: 10.1021/cm504398d.

J. Zhu, X. Ren, J. Liu, W. Zhang, and Z. Wen, “Unraveling the Catalytic Mechanism of Co3O4 for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction in a Li–O2 Battery”, ACS Catal., 5 (1), 73–81 (2015).

W. Qiu, L. Xi, P. Wei, X. Ke, J. Yang, and W. Zhang, “Part-Crystalline Part-Liquid State and Rattling-Like Thermal Damping in Materials with Chemical-Bond Hierarchy”, PNAS, 111, 15031-15035 (2014).

J. Zhang, R. Liu, N. Cheng, Y. Zhang, J. Yang, C. Uher, X. Shi, L. Chen, and W. Zhang, “High-Performance Pseudocubic Thermoelectric Materials from Non-Cubic Chalcopyrite Compounds”, Adv. Mater., 26, 3848-3853(2014).

Y. Liang, X. Yuan, Y. Gao, W. Zhang, P. Zhang, “Phonon-Assisted Crossover from a Nonmagnetic Peierls Insulator to a Magnetic Stoner Metal”, Phys. Rev. Lett., 113 176401(2014).

L. Wu, J. Yang, S. Wang, P. Wei, J. Yang, W. Zhang, and L. Chen, “Twodimensional thermoelectrics with Rashba spin-split bands in bulk BiTeI”, Phys. Rev. B, 90 195210 (2014).

F. Du, X. Ren, J. Yang, J. Liu, W. Zhang, “Structures, Thermodynamics, and Li+ Mobility of Li10GeP2S12: A First-Principles Analysis”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 118, 10590–10595 (2014).

X. Ren, J. Zhu, F. Du, J. Liu, W. Zhang, “B-Doped Graphene as Catalyst To Improve Charge Rate of Lithium–Air Battery”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 118, 22412–22418 (2014).

L. Wu, J. Yang, S. Wang, P. Wei, J. Yang, W. Zhang, and L. Chen, “Thermopower enhancement in quantum wells with the Rashba effect”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 105, 202115 (2014).

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The Department of Physics at Southern University of Science and Technology has been established since 2011. The Department’s commitment is to develop  first-class education and top-notch research in physics. The Department of Physics has been granted authority to award bachelor's degree in Physics and Applied Physics. Moreover, the Department offers long-term joint Master and PhD programmes, in collaboration with other renowned universities, including Peking University, Harbin Institute of Technology, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and National University of Singapore. In addition, the Department has established long-term joint post-doctoral workstations with Peking University, Fudan University, Wuhan University and other colleges and universities.

he Department has a current size of 37 academic staff, including 6 chair Professors, 6 Professors, 17 Associate Professors, and 8 Assistant Professors. There are 4 Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (including joint employment), 2 Distinguished Young Scholar, and 3 “Pengcheng” scholars. All members of our academic staff have study or work experience at top 100 universities in the world. The Department of Physics now offers 4 majors in condensed matter physics, computational physics, theoretical physics and optics, while setting up biological physics, astrophysics and particle physics. The staff members are engaged in frontier researches in the fields of quantum transport and regulation, surface physics, materials physics, computational physics, condensed matter theory, quantum information and quantum computing.

In recent years, our staff members have published many papers in high profile journals, gaining the Department international impact. Our research support totaled more than 220.26 million (CNY), including 49 projects from National Natural Science Foundation of China, 9 projects from Ministry of Science and Technology and Department of Education, 14 projects from Guangdong Natural Science Foundation, and 45 projects from Shenzhen City. Our academic staff have published up to 500 papers in recent years. The journals include "Physics Review Letters", "Nature Communications", "Journal of the American Chemical Society", "Advanced Energy / Functional Materials", "NPG Asia Materials", "Physical Review B" and other academic journals.  Southern University of Science and Technology, carrying historical responsibility of higher education reform in China, is rapidly developing towards the direction of international, high-level, research-oriented university. Keeping pace with the university, the Department of Physics has established a long-term development plan to forge ahead in their endeavor, to enhance its own overall strength both in hardware and software, and to strive to maintain the forward momentum into a world-class physics department at an early date. 

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Email

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