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2005.09-2008.07    Shandong University       Ph.D. in Materials Process Engineering

Work Experience

2016.12- Present       University of Electronic Science and Technology of China                   Professor

2013.11-2016.12       Chengdu Science and Technology Development Center of CAEP        Associate Scientist

2008.09-2013.10       University of California, Irvine, School of Astronomy and Physics      Postdoctor

Research Interests

Dr. Yanning Zhang performs theoretical studies and predictions on the structural and physical properties of many functional materials, including photovoltaic materials, energy storage materials, magnetic materials and thin films, mainly through first-principles method. Currently she focuses on the structural stability and electrochemical properties of novel electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries, the chemical composition and morphology modulations of transition metal sulfides towards their electrochemical performance, the interactions between single atom/ molecule and surfaces. She has rich experience in grasping the physical and material questions behind experimental observations. Appropriate ab initio calculations and analyses would provide instructive supports in the design of new experiments.

Selected Publications

[1]Y. N. Zhang, J. X. Cao, and R. Q. Wu, “Rigid band model for prediction of magnetostriction of iron-gallium alloys”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 062508 (2010).
[2]Y. Jiang, Y.N. Zhang, J.X. Cao, R.Q. Wu, and W. Ho, “Real-space imaging of Kondo screening in a two-dimensional O2 lattice”, Science 333, 324 (2011).
[3]Y.N. Zhang, F. Hanke, V. Bortolani, M. Persson and R.Q. Wu, “Why sliding friction of Ne and Kr monolayers is so different on the Pb(111) surface”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 236103 (2011).
[4]Y.N. Zhang and R.Q. Wu, “Mechanism of large magnetostriction of Galfenol”, IEEE Trans. Magn. 47, 4044 (2011).

[5]Shengyong Qin, Tae-Hwan Kim, Yanning Zhang, Wenjie Ouyang, Hanno H. Weitering, Chih-Kang Shih, Arthur P. Baddorf, Ruqian Wu, and An-Ping Li, “Correlating Electronic Transport to Atomic Structures in Self-Assembled Quantum Wires”, Nano Lett. 12, 938 (2012).
[6]Y.N. Zhang, J. Hu, M. Law, and R.Q. Wu, “Effect of surface stoichiometry on the band gap of the pyrite FeS2(100) surface”, Phys. Rev. B, 85, 085314 (2012).
[7]Jun Hu, Yanning Zhang, Matt Law, and Ruqian Wu, “Increasing the Band Gap of Iron Pyrite by Alloying with Oxygen”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134, 13216 (2012).
[8]Y.N. Zhang, H. Wang, and R.Q. Wu, “First principles determination of the rhombohedral magnetostriction of Fe100-xAlx and Fe100-xGax alloys”, Phys. Rev. B 86, 224410 (2012).
[9]X. He, W. Zhou, Z.Y. Wang, Y.N. Zhang, J. Shi, R.Q. Wu and J.A. Yarmoff, “Surface Termination of Cleaved Bi2Se3 Investigated by Low Energy Ion Scattering”, Phys. Rev. Lett., 110, 156101 (2013).
[10]Y.N. Zhang, V. Bortolani and G. Mistura, “Determination of Corrugation and Friction of Cu(111) toward Adsorption and Motion of Ne and Xe”, Phys. Rev. B 89, 165414 (2014).
 [11]Y.N. Zhang, V. Bortolani and G. Mistura, “Influence of graphene coating on the adsorption and tribology of Xe on Au(111) substrate”, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 26, 445003 (2014).
[12]S.S. Sasaki, Y.N. Zhang, S. Dey, N. Tallarida, P.Z. El-Khoury, V. Apkarian, and R.Q. Wu, “Intrinsically Conductive Organo-Silver Linear Chain Polymers [–S–Ag–S–biphenyl–]n assembled on Roughened Elemental Silver”, J. Phys. Chem. C 118, 29287-29293 (2014).
[13]Y.N. Zhang, “Communication: Surface stability and topological surface states of cleaved Bi2Se3: First-principles studies”, J. Chem. Phys. 143, 151101 (2015).
[14]Y.N. Zhang, M. Law, and R. Wu, “Atomistic Modeling of Sulfur Vacancy Diffusion Near Iron Pyrite Surfaces”, J. Phys. Chem. C 119(44), 24859-24864 (2015).
[15]WeiWei Liu, M.T. Jin, W.M. Shi, J.G. Deng, Woon-Ming Lau, Y.N. Zhang, “First-Principles Studies on the Structural Stability of Spinel ZnCo2O4 as an Electrode Material for Lithium-ion Batteries”, Sci. Rep., 6 (2016) 36717.
[16]Mengting Jin, L.C. Yu, W.M. Shi, J.G. Deng, Y.N. Zhang, “Enhanced Absorption and Diffusion Properties of Lithium on B/N-doped Graphene”, Sci. Rep., 6 (2016) 37911.