Quantum materials, those manifesting quantum properties explicitly, are the primary workhorse in the emerging "second quantum revolution". Their quantum correlations, entanglement, Berry curvature physics, and non-trivial topology can enable fascinating functional properties such as ultra-low energy consumption, enormous computation power, and ultrahigh sensitivity. Such tremendous progress in condensed matter physics calls for the pathway to translate these quantum notions to technical advantages.
Our group research focuses on structure-property relationships and light-matter interactions in quantum materials for high-performance computing, efficient energy conservation, and high-speed THz optoelectronics. We use ultrafast light pulses and electrically controllable nanodevices to discover, understand, and engineer emerging quantum materials for next-generation information and energy technology. In particular, we will investigate fundamental physics in 2D quantum materials and develop functional devices relying on quantum-mechanical effects including non-equilibrium phase transitions (ferroelectric, magnetic, correlated, and topological), quantum collective excitations, electronic/lattice many-body interactions, and photocarrier dynamics in energy conversion.
Before joining Madison, I worked as a postdoctoral scholar with Prof. Aaron Lindenberg and Prof. Tony Heinz at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (2018-2021). I earned my Ph.D. in Applied Science and Technology from UC Berkeley (2018) under Prof. Xiang Zhang’s supervision. I received my bachelor’s degree in Physics from Nanjing University (2012).