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Yanfeng Zhang
Ph.D., Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Peking University
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•  B.S., Physics, Zhengzhou University

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

Research Areas

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

Research Profile

Her research interests relate to the controlled growth, accurate characterization and novel property exploration of two-dimensional layered materials such as graphene, h-BN–graphene heterostructures, and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) and their heterostructures. In general, the techniques involved in these researches are scanning tunneling microscope/spectroscopy (STM/STS), atomic force microscope (AFM), Angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), Raman spectroscopy and so on.  She has published over 160 papers in Science, Nature, Nat. Commun., Adv. Mater., etc. in her research career.

Professional Honors and Awards

National Natural Science Foundation for Outstanding Young Scholar from NSFC (2019)

Youth Project of the Yangtze River Scholar from the Ministry of Education (2015)

National Natural Science Foundation for Excellent Young Scholar” from NSFC (2012)

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. Fangfang Cui#, Xiaoxu Zhao#, Junjie Xu, Bin Tang, Qiuyu Shang, Jianping Shi, Yahuan Huan, Jianhui Liao, Qing Chen, Yanglong Hou, Qing Zhang, Stephen J Pennycook, and Yanfeng Zhang*, Controlled Growth and Thickness-dependent Conduction Type Transition of Two-dimensional Ferrimagnetic Cr2S3 Semiconductors, Adv. Mater. 2020, 32, 1905896.
  2. Pengfei Yang#, Zhepeng Zhang#, Mengxing Sun#, Feng Lin, Ting Cheng, Jianping Shi, Chunyu Xie, Yuping Shi, Shaolong Jiang, Yahuan Huan, Porun Liu, Feng Ding, Chunyang Xiong, Dan Xie,*and Yanfeng Zhang*, Thickness Tunable Wedding-Cake-like MoS2 Flakes for High-Performance Optoelectronics, ACS Nano 2019, 13, 3649−3658.
  3. Yahuan Huan#, Jianping Shi#, Xiaolong Zou#, Yue Gong, Chunyu Xie, Zhongjie Yang, Zhepeng Zhang, Yan Gao, Yuping Shi, Minghua Li, Pengfei Yang, Shaolong Jiang, Min Hong, Lin Gu ,Qing Zhang*, Xiaoqin Yan*, and Yanfeng Zhang*, Scalable Production of Two-Dimensional Metallic Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Nanosheet Powders Using NaCl Templates toward Electrocatalytic Applications, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 18694–18703.
  4. Jianping Shi, Yahuan Huan, Min Hong, Runzhang Xu, Pengfei Yang, Zhepeng Zhang, Xiaolong Zou, and Yanfeng Zhang*, Chemical Vapor Deposition Grown Large-Scale Atomically Thin Platinum Diselenide with Semimetal−Semiconductor Transition, ACS Nano 2019, 13, 8442−8451.
  5. Zhepeng Zhang, Yue Gong, Xiaolong Zou, Porun Liu, Pengfei Yang, Jianping Shi, Liyun Zhao, Qing Zhang, Lin Gu, and Yanfeng Zhang*, Epitaxial Growth of Two-Dimensional Metal−Semiconductor Transition-Metal Dichalcogenide Vertical Stacks (VSe2/MX2) and Their Band Alignments, ACS Nano 2019, 13, 885–893.
  6. Pengfei Yang, Xiaolong Zou, Zhepeng Zhang, Min Hong, Jianping Shi, Shulin Chen, Jiapei Shu, Liyun Zhao, Shaolong Jiang, Xiebo Zhou, Yahuan Huan, Chunyu Xie, Peng Gao, Qing Chen, Qing Zhang, Zhongfan Liu, Yanfeng Zhang*, Batch production of 6-inch uniform monolayer molybdenum disulfide catalyzed by sodium in glass, Nature Commun. 2018, 9, 979 (1-10).  
  7. Jianping Shi, Xuexian Chen, Liyun Zhao, Yue Gong, Min Hong, Yahuan Huan, Zhepeng Zhang, Pengfei Yang, Yong Li, Qinghua Zhang, Qing Zhang, Lin Gu, Huanjun Chen,* Jian Wang,* Shaozhi Deng, Ningsheng Xu, and Yanfeng Zhang*, Chemical Vapor Deposition Grown Wafer-Scale 2D Tantalum Diselenide with Robust Charge-Density-Wave Order, Adv. Mater. 2018, 1804616(1-9).
  8. Jianping Shi#, Xina Wang#, Shuai Zhang, Lingfeng Xiao, Yahuan Huan, Yue Gong, Zhepeng Zhang, Yuanchang Li, Xiebo Zhou, Min Hong, Qiyi Fang, Qing Zhang, Xinfeng Liu, Lin Gu, Zhongfan Liu and Yanfeng Zhang*, Two-dimensional metallic tantalum disulfide as a hydrogen evolution catalyst, Nature Commun. 2017, 8, 958(1-9).  
  9. Zhepeng Zhang, Jingjing Niu, Pengfei Yang, Yue Gong, Qingqing Ji, Jianping Shi, Qiyi Fang, Shaolong Jiang, He Li, Xiebo Zhou, Lin Gu, Xiaosong Wu, and Yanfeng Zhang*, Van der Waals Epitaxial Growth of 2D Metallic Vanadium Diselenide Single Crystals and their Extra-High Electrical Conductivity, Adv. Mater. 2017, 1702359(1-9).
  10. Qingqing Ji #, Cong Li #, Jingli Wang, Jingjing Niu, Yue Gong, Zhepeng Zhang, Qiyi Fang, Yu Zhang, Jianping Shi, Lei Liao, Xiaosong Wu, Lin Gu*, Zhongfan Liu*, and Yanfeng Zhang*, Metallic Vanadium Disulfide Nanosheets as a Platform Material for Multifunctional Electrode Applications, Nano Lett. 2017, 17, 4908-4916. 
  11. Qiucheng Li, Zifeng Zhao, Baoming Yan, Xiuju Song, Zhepeng Zhang, Jia Li,Xiaosong Wu, Zuqiang Bian, Xiaolong Zou,* Yanfeng Zhang*, and Zhongfan Liu*, Nickelocene-Precursor-Facilitated Fast Growth of Graphene/h-BN Vertical Heterostructures, and Its Applications in OLEDs, Adv. Mater. 2017, 1701325(1-9).
  12. Jianping Shi, Rui Tong, Xiebo Zhou, Yue Gong, Zhepeng Zhang, Qingqing Ji, Yu Zhang, Qiyi Fang, Lin Gu, Xina Wang, Zhongfan Liu, and Yanfeng Zhang*, Temperature-Mediated Selective Growth of MoS2/WS2 and WS2/MoS2 Vertical Stacks on Au Foils for Direct Photocatalytic Applications, Adv. Mater. 2016, 28, 10664-10672.
  13. Xiuju Song#, Teng Gao#, Yufeng Nie#, Jianning Zhuang, Jingyu Sun, Donglin Ma, Jianping Shi, Yuanwei Lin, Feng Ding, Yanfeng Zhang*, and Zhongfan Liu*, Seed-Assisted Growth of Single-Crystalline Patterned Graphene Domains on Hexagonal Boron Nitride by Chemical Vapor Deposition. Nano Lett. 2016, 16, 6109-6116.
  14. Teng Gao, Xiuju Song, Huiwen Du, Yufeng Nie, Yubin Chen, Qingqing Ji, Jingyu Sun, Yanlian Yang, Yanfeng Zhang*, Zhongfan Liu*, Temperature-triggered chemical switching growth of in-plane and vertically stacked graphene-boron nitride heterostructures, Nat. Commun. 2015, 6, 6835(1-8).  
  15. Jianping Shi, Mengxi Liu, Jinxiu Wen, Xibiao Ren, Xiebo Zhou, Qingqing Ji, Donglin Ma, Yu Zhang, Chuanhong Jin, Huanjun Chen, Shaozhi Deng, Ningsheng Xu, Zhongfan Liu, and Yanfeng Zhang*, All Chemical Vapor Deposition Synthesis and Intrinsic Bandgap Observation of MoS2/Graphene Heterostructures, Adv. Mater. 2015, 27, 7086-7092.
  16. Qingqing Ji, Yu Zhang, Yanfeng Zhang* and Zhongfan Liu*, Chemical vapour deposition of group-VIB metal dichalcogenide monolayers: engineered substrates from amorphous to single crystalline, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2015, 44, 2587-2602.
  17. Mengxi Liu#, Yuanchang Li#, Pengcheng Chen, Jingyu Sun, Donglin Ma, Qiucheng Li, Teng Gao, Yabo Gao, Zhihai Cheng, Xiaohui Qiu, Ying Fang, Yanfeng Zhang* and Zhongfan Liu*, Quasi-Freestanding Monolayer Heterostructure of Graphene and Hexagonal Boron Nitride on Ir(111) with a Zigzag Boundary, Nano Lett. 2014, 14, 6342-6347. 
  18. Jianping Shi#, Donglin Ma#, Gao-Feng Han, Yu Zhang, Qingqing Ji, Teng Gao, Jingyu Sun, Xiuju Song, Cong Li, Yanshuo Zhang, Xing-You Lang*, Yanfeng Zhang* and Zhongfan Liu, Controllable Growth and Transfer of Monolayer MoS2 on Au Foils and Its Potential Application in Hydrogen Evolution Reaction, ACS Nano 2014, 8, 10196-10204.
  19. Yabo Gao, Yanfeng Zhang*, Pengcheng Chen, Yuanchang Li, Mengxi Liu, Teng Gao, Donglin Ma, Yubin Chen, Zhihai Cheng, Xiaohui Qiu, Wenhui Duan and Zhongfan Liu*, Toward Single-layer Uniform Hexagonal Boron Nitride–Graphene Patchworks with Zigzag Linking Edges, Nano Lett. 2013, 13, 3439-3443.
  20. Yu Zhang, Yanfeng Zhang*, Qingqing Ji, Jing Ju, Hongtao Yuan, Jianping Shi, Teng Gao, Donglin Ma, Mengxi Liu, Yubin Chen, Xiuju Song, Harold Y. Hwang, Yi Cui and Zhongfan Liu, Controlled Growth of High-Quality Monolayer WS2 Layers on Sapphire and Imaging Its Grain Boundary, ACS Nano 2013, 7, 8963-8971.
  21. Qingqing Ji, Yanfeng Zhang*, Teng Gao, Yu Zhang, Donglin Ma, Mengxi Liu, Yubin Chen, Xiaofen Qiao, Ping-Heng Tan, Min Kan, Ji Feng, Qiang Sun and Zhongfan Liu*, Epitaxial Monolayer MoS2 on Mica with Novel Photoluminescence, Nano Lett. 2013, 13, 3870-3877.
  22. 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. 2007, 90, 093120.
  23. 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. 2005, 95, 247005.
  24. 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. 2005, 95, 096802.
  25. 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 2004, 306, 1915.