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  • Name:
    Shengbai Zhang
  • Position:
    Changjiang Chair Professor
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Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1989 (Physics).
M.S., University of California at Berkeley, 1985 (Physics).
B.S., Jilin University, Changchun, China, 1982 (Electronic Science and Engineering).


Career Highlights:

1989-1991: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Xerox PARC, Palo Alto.

1991-1994: Research Associate, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

1994-1997: Staff Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

1997-2000: Senior Scientist I, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

2000-2007: Senior Scientist II, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

2001- present: Selected as Fellow of American Physical Society (APS Fellow)

2008- present: Gail and Jeffrey L. Kodosky’ 70 Senior Constellation Professor of PhysicsRensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2006- 2017: Adjunct Professor, Jilin University, Changchun, China.

2017-present: Changjiang Chair Professor, Jilin University, Changchun, China.


Research Interests:

His research involves first-principles and multiscale calculations of structural and electronic properties of materials, which range from inorganic crystalline, amorphous semiconductors, metals, and their nanostructures to organic materials, bio functional groups, and solutions. While his research interests are primarily in the fundamental physics of materials, they have always been inspired by the needs for sustainable energy and environment, technology leadership, and national security. Recent work includes (1) defect control in low-cost solar cell materials, (2) dynamics of water splitting, (3) physics of ultrafast phase change memory, (4) understanding the growth of high-quality topological insulators, (5) physics behind nano-catalysis, (6) emerging phenomena at the interface between superconductor and semiconductor or dielectric oxide, and (7) exotic two-dimensional materials beyond graphene. He has published about 280 peer reviewed papers with high impact to the fields (citations >11,000, Hirsch Index = 56).