From May 16th to 20th, 2016, Prof. Sheng-Bai Zhang from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, United States of America, visited C-UFO. He gave a public talk on "Transition Metal Dichalcogenides: from Edge Passivation, Impurity Doping, to Fast Charge Transfer at Heterojunctions" on May 20th. Dr. Xian-Bin Li hosted the talk.
Prof. Sheng-Bai Zhang is an alumni of Jilin University. He received his Ph. D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989, under the supervision of Professor Marvin L. Cohen. Prof. Zhang then joined Xerox PARC in Palo Alto, California, where he performed postdoctoral research with Dr. Jim Chadi and Dr. John Northrup. In 1991, he moved to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado and became group leader for Computational Materials Science in 2005. In 2008, he was appointed Senior Kodosky Constellation Chair at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.
Prof. Zhang has a broad theoretical research background in computational materials physics, which covers a range of inorganic and organic semiconductors and solids for bulk properties, defect structures, and surface physics. His most recent work involves earth-abundant photovoltaic materials, phase change memory materials, van der Waals interaction in organic semiconductors, lithium battery materials, hydrogen storage, topological insulators, graphene, and excited state dynamics. Prof. Zhang has more than 280 peer-reviewed publications (60 papers published in the Physical Review Letters) with more than 20,000 citations (H index =68). He has been a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 2001.