Accurate synthesis and engineering of quantum materials have become the frontiers of physical sciences, and might give rise to new materials and structures with exotic properties and practical applications in next-generation technologies. For examples, Tc of correlated superconductors can be dramatically tuned by subtly changing lattice parameters; band properties of two-dimensional materials can undergo topological phase transition through sub-? displacement of atomic bonding. Our group has developed state-of-the-art techniques for this purpose by combining high-resolution scanning probe microscopy with high-precision molecular beam epitaxy. However, new methodologies for atomic-level characterizations of structure, coupling, and interaction are still demanded in order to get comprehensive understanding of material engineering at the picoscale. Prof. Zhao has long been engaged in the research of single-molecule science, high-resolution scanning probe microscopy, low-dimensional quantum materials and topological materials and has made many important original developments in these areas. More than 60 research papers have been published in SCI journals such as Science, Nature Materials and Nat. Commun. The research results have won the Top-Ten Scientific and Technological Progress in China in 2005 and the Top-Ten Scientific and Technological progress in Universities in 2009.
We sincerely welcome researchers with strong backgroud in physics, materials or chemistry to join us as research assistant/associate or post-doc in these fatanstic scientific research projects. Please contact Prof. Zhao directly via email.
Two-dimensional graphene-like Xenes as potential topological materials. APL Materials 8, 030701 (2020).
Transition from Semimetal to Semiconductor in ZrTe2 Induced by Se Substitution. ACS Nano 14, 835 (2020).
Reaction selectivity of homochiral versus heterochiral intermolecular reactions of prochiral terminal alkynes on surfaces. Nat. Commun. 10, 4122 (2019)
Epitaxial growth of ultraflat stanene with topological band inversion. Nature Materials 17, 1081 (2018).
Hidden Order and Haldane-Like Phase in Molecular Chains Assembled from Conformation-Switchable Molecules. ACS Nano 12, 6515 (2018).
Epitaxial growth of highly strained antimonene on Ag (111). Front. Phys.13, 138106 (2018).
Tuning the Doping Types in Graphene Sheets by N Monoelement. Nano Lett. 18, 386 (2018).
Molecule-Confined Engineering toward Superconductivity and Ferromagnetism in Two-Dimensional Superlattice. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139, 16398 (2017).
Half-Metallic Behavior in 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenides Nanosheets by Dual-Native-Defects Engineering. Adv. Mater. 29, 1703123 (2017).
Engineering hybrid Co-picene structures with variable spin coupling. Appl. Phys. Lett. 108, 171601 (2016). (APL Cover; Featured Article)
Surface Landau levels and spin states in bismuth (111) ultrathin films. Nat. Commun. 7, 10814 (2016).
Structural and electronic properties of an ordered grain boundary formed by separated (1,0) dislocations in graphene. Nanoscale 7, 3055 (2015).
Evidence of van Hove Singularities in Ordered Grain Boundaries of Graphene. Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 226802 (2014).
Construction of carbon-based two-dimensional crystalline nanostructure by chemical vapor deposition of benzene on Cu(111). Nanoscale 6, 7934 (2014).
STM tip-assisted single molecule chemistry. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 15, 12428 (2013).
Orbital-selective single molecule rectifier on graphene-covered Ru(0001) surface. Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 163506 (2013).
Periodically Modulated Electronic Properties of the Epitaxial Monolayer Graphene on Ru(0001). J. Phys. Chem. C 115, 24858 (2011).
Controlling Electronic States and Transport Properties at the Level of Single Molecules. Adv. Mater. 22, 1967 (2010).
Optimal Electron Doping of a C-60 Monolayer on Cu(111) via Interface Reconstruction. Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 036103 (2010).
Design and control of electron transport properties of single molecules. PNAS 106, 15259 (2009).
Mechanism for negative differential resistance in molecular electronic devices: Local orbital symmetry matching. Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 146803 (2007).
Controlling the Kondo effect of an adsorbed magnetic ion through its chemical bonding. Science 309, 1542 (2005).
Qun Niu (SA 2019), Lixin Yu (SA 2019)