Zhang Materials Physics Group

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Dr. Zhang's group is dedicated to finding novel properties in low dimensional complex systems and is capable of characterizing both long and short lived states due to in-situ growth and characterization capabilities. Ongoing research projects include the phenomena occuring at surfaces and interfaces of transition metal oxides using scanning tunneling probes, electron scattering, and photoemission. Correlated electron materials are also invesitgated using neutron scattering. Our work is supported by the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy.



Liao, Z., Jin, R., Plummer, E.W. and Zhang, J., 2017. Delicate competing electronic states in ultrathin manganite films. Physical Review B, 95(8), p.085130.

Guo, H., Wang, Z., Dong, S., Ghosh, S., Saghayezhian, M., Chen, L., Weng, Y., Herklotz, A., Ward, T.Z., Jin, R. and Pantelides, S.T., 2017. Interface-induced multiferroism by design in complex oxide superlattices. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , p.201706814.

Zhu, X., Guo, J., Zhang, J. and Plummer, E.W., 2017. Misconceptions associated with the origin of charge density waves. Advances in Physics: X, 2(3) , pp.622-640.

  • Research

  • Metal Oxides are important for future applications, and our group excels at clean layer-by-layer growth of thin films of these mateirals. This allows us to probe interactions that others cannot.

  • Publications

  • Our group has been active and consistently publishing for the past 25 years.Our work can be found in Science, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, and Nature Scientific Reports.

  • Facilities

  • Our chamber is capable of both high qulaity film growth using a PLD system as well as tranfering films in-situ to characterization apparati, including STM, XPS, UPS, and LEED

  • People

  • A deverse group of post docs and graduate students make up our team and run experiments daily.