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Yongsheng ZHANG

Dr. Yongsheng Zhang, the professor of the Institute of Solid State Physics, CAS. He received the Phd degree from Fritz-Haber-Institute, Max-Plack-Society in 2008, and conducted postdoctoral researches at Fritz-Haber-Institute and Northwestern University. In 2014, he joined the Institute of Solid State Physics as a “Hundred Talents Program”researcher of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Research interests
The research in my group is centered on computational materials science, and specifically first-principles simulation tools. These computational methods have been developed as major fields, which can be competed with experimental measurements in the advanced functional materials hunting. We are currently focusing on materials for alternative energies and sustainability (hydrogen, themoelectrics, and catalysis): the discovery of novel hydrogen storage materials, enhancement thermoelectric performance, understanding the mechanism of atoms/molecules adsorption at surfaces and the theoretical prediction of new materials. Another key research interest involves methodologies for bridging time and length scale in materials science. To avoid the computationally quite demanding first-principles calculations, we couple first-principles with Monte-Carlo methods and mean-filed methods. These types of hybrid methods are yielding truly predictive models of microstructural evolution and mechanical properties in novel materials.

Education background
2008   Ph.D      Fritz-Haber-Institute, Max-Planck-Society, Berlin, Germany
2003   M.S.      Institute of Solid State Physics, CAS, China
2000   B.S.      Qufu Normal University, China

Working experiences
2014-present     Professor                Institute of Solid State Physics, CAS
2013-2014        Associate Researcher     Northwestern University, USA
2009-2013        Postdoc                  Northwestern University, USA
2008-2009        Postdoc                  Fritz-Haber-Institute, Germany

Students and postdocs with strong background in physics, material sciences and programming are highly welcome to join our group.

Contact information
Tel: +86-551-65591680
Mail address: Institute of Solid State Physics, CAS,
350 Shushanhu Rd., Hefei, Anhui, 230031, PR~C

Selected publications
1.Yongsheng Zhang, Vidvuds Ozolins, Donald Morelli, and C. Wolverton;
Prediction of new stable compounds and promising thermoelectrics in the Cu-Sb-Se system;
Chem. Mater. 26, 3427 (2014).
2.Li-Dong Zhao, Shih-Han Lo, Yongsheng Zhang, Hui Sun, Gangjian Tan, Ctirad Uher, C. Wolverton, Vinayak Dravid, and Mercouri Kanatzidis;                             Ultralow thermal conductivity and high thermoelectric figure of merit in SnSe crystals;
Nature 508, 373 (2014).
3.Yongsheng Zhang, Georg Kresse and C. Wolverton;
Non-local first-principles calculations in Cu-Au and other intermetallic alloys;
Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 075502 (2014).
4.Xuenian Chen, Yongsheng Zhang, Yongli Wang, Wei Zhou, Douglas A. Knight, Teshome B. Yisgedu, Zhenguo Huang, Hima K. Lingam, Beau Billet, Terrence J. Udovic, Terrence J. Udovic, Gibert M. Brown, Sheldon G. Shore, Christopher M. Wolverton, and Ji-Cheng Zhao;
Structure determination of an amorphous compound AlB4H11;
Chem. Sci. 3, 3183 (2012).
5.Yongsheng Zhang, Eric Skoug, Jeffrey Cain, Vidvuds Ozolins, Donald Morelli, and C. Wolverton;
First-principles description of anomalously low lattice thermal conductivity in thermoelectric Cu-Sb-Se ternary semiconductors;
Phys. Rev. B 85, 054306 (2012).
[PS: This work has been selected as a research highlight topic for the EFRC (Energy Frontier Research Center) newsletter on the Oct. issue:]

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