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Yanfeng Zhang
Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, College of Engineering, Peking University
Center for Nanochemistry, Beijing University
  • Office Add: College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, A-405
  • Office Tel: (86) 10-62751728
  • Lab Add: College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, A-417
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•  B.S., Physics, Zhengzhou University

•  Ph.D., Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Research Areas

Surface science, Physical chemistry, Material Science, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Research Profile

The research topics in Dr Zhang’s group are the fabrication of low dimensional materials such as metal thin films, high quality graphene etc, and the investigation of their atomic structures, electronic structures and novel physical/chemical properties.

In general, the techniques involved in these researches are scanning tunneling microscope (STM), atomic force microscope (AFM), angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), Raman spectroscopy and so on.  

Now, we are studying atomic structures and electronic properties of graphene prepared using various methods such as chemical vapor deposition on metal foils or single crystals, and thermal decomposition of SiC(0001). We further investigate the fundamental growth mechanisms of graphene at the as-grown states by STM.  Moreover, we research the assembly of organic molecules on few layer graphene for modifying the carrier mobility and the unique size effects. We also fabricate some novel systems like magnets /graphene and organism/graphene for exploring their unique electronic, magnetic and transport properties.

Professional Honors and Awards

Excellent Doctoral Thesis Award (top 100) in China (2007)

Excellent Doctoral Thesis Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2006)

Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Prize of the Chinese Academy of Science (2005)

Excellent Doctoral Thesis Award of The Chinese Vacuum Society (CVS) (2004)

Selected Recent Publications (out of >30)

1.Tadahiro Komeda, Hironari Isshiki, Jie Liu, Yan-Feng Zhang, Nicolás Lorente, Keiichi Katoh, Brian K. Breedlove & Masahiro Yamashita, “Observation and electric current control of a local spin in a single-molecule magnet, “ Nature Communications. 2 (2011) 217.

2.Ruiqi Zhao, Yan-feng Zhang, Teng Gao, Yabo Gao, Nan Liu, Lei Fu, Zhongfan Liu, Scanning Tunneling Microscope Observations of Non–AB Stacking Graphene on Ni Films, Nano Research, in press. 

3.Yan-feng Zhang, Pengfei Guan, Hironari Isshiki, Mingwei Chen, Masahiro Yamashita, Tadahiro Komeda, “Bis(phthalocyaninato) yttrium grown on Au(111): Electronic structure of a single molecule and the stability of two dimensional films investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy at 4.8 K”, Nano Research.3(2010)604.

4.Yan-Feng Zhang, H. Isshiki, K. Katoh, Y. Yoshida, M. Yamashita, H. Miyasaka, Brian K. Breedlove, T. Kajiwara, S. Takaishi, T. Komeda, “A Low-Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscope Investigation of a Nonplanar Dysprosium Phthalocyanine Adsorption on Au(111)”, J. Phys. Chem. C 113(2009)14407.

5.Yan-Feng Zhang, H. Isshiki, K. Katoh, Y. Yoshida, M. Yamashita, H. Miyasaka, Brian K. Breedlove, T. Kajiwara, S. Takaishi and T. Komeda, “Low-Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Investigation of Bis(phthalocyaninato)yttrium Growth on Au(111): From Individual Molecules to Two-Dimensional Domains”, J. Phys. Chem. C 113(2009)9826.

6.Yan-Feng Zhang, Na Zhu, T. Komeda, “Mn-Coordinated Stillbenedicarboxylic Ligand Supramolecule Regulated by the Herringbone Reconstruction of Au(111)”, J. Phys. Chem. C 111 (2007)16946.

7.Yan-Feng Zhang, Jin-Feng Jia, Zhe Tang, Tie-Zhu Han, Quan-Tong Shen, Yang Guo, and Xu-Cun Ma, Qi-Kun Xue, Xun Kun, Si-Cheng Wu, “Oscillatory thermal expansion of Pb thin films modulated by quantum size effects”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90 (2007) 093120.

8. Xin Yu Bao, Yan-Feng Zhang, Yu Peng Wang, Jin Feng Jia, Qi Kun Xue, X. C. Xie, Zhong Xian Zhao, “Quantum Size Effects on the Perpendicular Upper Critical Field in Ultrathin Lead Films”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95 (2005) 247005.

9.Yan-Feng Zhang, Jin-Feng Jia, Tie-Zhu Han, Zhe Tang, Quan-Tong Shen, Yang Guo, and Qi-Kun Xue, Band Structure and Oscillatory Electron-Phonon Coupling of Pb Thin Films Determined by Atomic-Layer-Resolved Quantum-Well States, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95 (2005) 096802.

10.Yang Guo?, Yan-Feng Zhang?, Xin-Yu Bao?, Tie-Zhu Han, Zhe Tang, Li-Xin Zhang, Wen-Guang Zhu, E. G. Wang, Qian Niu, Z.-Q. Qiu, Jin-Feng Jia, Zhong-Xian Zhao, Qi-Kun Xue, “Superconductivity Modulated by Quantum Size Effects”, Science 306 (2004) 1915.