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Dr. Yubo Zhang is a research associate professor (RAP) at the Department of Physics, Southern University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTech). He received his Ph.D. from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2012. He then took postdoc training in multiple world-famous universities, including the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics Chinese Academy of Sciences, Temple University, The University of Texas at El Paso, and Tulane Univerity. He joined the SUSTech in Prof. Wenqing Zhang’s group in 2018 as a RAP. His major research interest is the physics of 2D magnetic materials and magnetic quantum materials using the first-principles approaches. Dr. Zhang was recognized as Overseas High-Caliber Personnel in Shenzhen at 2019.

Personal Profile

Educational Background

  • 2007 – 2012, Visiting student of Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2008 – 2012, Ph.D., Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology
  • 2006 – 2008, M.S., Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology
  • 2002 – 2006, B.S., Optical information science and technology, Shandong University


Professional Experience

  • 2018 – Present, Research associate professor, SUSTech, China
  • 2017 – 2018, Research assistant professor, Tulane University, USA
  • 2016 – 2017, Postdoc, University of Texas at El Paso, USA
  • 2014 – 2016, Postdoc/Research assistant professor, Temple University, USA
  • 2012 – 2014, Postdoc, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China



[10] Yubo Zhang, Christopher Lane, James W. Furness, Bernardo Barbiellini, Robert S. Markiewicz, Arun Bansil*, and Jianwei Sun*, Landscape of competing stripe and magnetic phases in cuprates. arXiv: 1809.08457.

[09] Yubo Zhang, Daniil A. Kitchaev, Julia Yang, Tina Chen, Stephen T. Dacek, Haowei Peng*, Gerbrand Ceder, John P. Perdew, and Jianwei Sun*, Efficient first-principles prediction of solid stability: Towards chemical accuracy. npj Comp. Mat. 4, 9 (2018).

[08] Yubo Zhang, Jianwei Sun*, John Perdew, and Xifan Wu*, Comparative first-principles studies of prototypical ferroelectric materials by LDA, GGA, and SCAN meta-GGA. Phys. Rev. B 96, 035143 (2017).

[07] Jianwei Sun, Richard C. Remsing, Yubo Zhang, Zhaoru Sun, Adrienn Ruzsinszky, Haowei Peng, Zenghui Yang, Arpita Paul, Umesh Waghmare, Xifan Wu, Michael L. Klein, and John P. Perdew, Accurate Structures and Energies of Diversely-Bonded Materials from an Efficient Density Functional. Nat. Chem. 8, 831 (2016). [DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2535].

[06] Yubo Zhang, Youwei Wang, Lili Xi, Ruihao Qiu, Xun Shi, Peihong Zhang*, and Wenqing Zhang*, Electronic structure of antifluorite Cu2X (X= S, Se, Te) within the modified Becke-Johnson potential plus an on-site Coulomb UJ. Chem. Phys. 140, 074702 (2014)[DOI]

[05] Yubo Zhang, Jiawei Zhang, Weiwei Gao, Tesfaye A. Abtew, Youwei Wang, Peihong Zhang*, and Wenqing Zhang*, Near-edge band structures and band gaps of Cu-based semiconductors predicted by the modified Becke-Johnson potential plus an on-site Coulomb UJ. Chem. Phys. 139, 184706 (2013)[DOI]

[04] Xun Yuan, Yubo Zhang, Tesfaye A. Abtew, Peihong Zhang, and Wenqing Zhang*, VO2: Orbital competition, magnetism, and phase stabilityPhys. Rev. B, 86, 235103 (2012)[DOI]

[03] Yubo Zhang, Shan Zheng, Xiudong Sun, and Wenqing Zhang*, Strong excitonic effect in organic-inorganic hybrid crystals, Solid State Comm., 152, 1259 (2012)[DOI]

[02] Yubo Zhang, Xiudong Sun, Peihong Zhang*, Xun Yuan, Fuqiang Huang, and Wenqing Zhang*, Structural properties and quasiparticle band structures of Cu-based quaternary semiconductors for photovoltaic applications, J. Appl. Phys., 111, 063709 (2012)[DOI]

[01] Yubo Zhang, Xun Yuan, Xiudong Sun*, Bi-Ching Shih, Peihong Zhang*, and Wenqing Zhang*, Comparative Study of Structural and Electronic Properties of Cu-based Multinary SemiconductorsPhys. Rev. B, 84, 075127 (2011)[DOI]


My major research interest is to study the physics of 2D magnetic materials and magnetic quantum materials using the first-principles approaches. Currently, I am focusing on three projects: (1) Magnetism at two dimensions and functional heterostructures constructed with 2D materials; (2) Inhomogeneous phenomena induced by electron correlations at the mesoscopic scale, such as stripes in cuprates; (3) The ultrafast electronic dynamics in the low-dimensional magnetic materials.

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Dr. Zhang’s primary work focused on the novel properties of magnetic materials, which show rich physics relevant to the (strong) electron correlation effects. The vast applications of correlated materials usually originate from the complex interplay between spin-charge-orbital-lattice degrees of freedom. A reliable description of the competing effects is very important, but it turns out to be a very difficult task for the density-functional theoretical approaches. The work by Dr. Zhang et al. revealed the essential physics of stripe phases in YBCO7, a near-optically doped cuprate, using the parameter-free SCAN density-functional. This work not only reproduces many well-known facts from the sophisticated QMC simulations, but also for the first time reveals the near degeneracy of these stripe phases, an important advancement towards finally unveiling the pseudo-gap mystery.

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