Fan Zhang

Associate Professor of Physics
Quantum Condensed Matter Theory
Tags: Physics

Professional Preparation

Postdoc - Physics
University of Pennsylvania - 2014
PhD - Physics
University of Texas at Austin - 2011
BS - Physics
University of Science and Technology of China - 2006


Topological Majorana Two-Channel Kondo Effect 2017 - Journal Article
Observation of acoustic valley vortex states and valley-chirality locked beam splitting 2017 - Journal Article
Observation of topological valley transport of sound in sonic crystals 2017 - Journal Article
Odd-Integer Quantum Hall States and Giant Spin Susceptibility in p-Type Few-Layer WSe2 2017 - Journal Article
Topological, Valleytronic, and Optical Properties of Monolayer PbS 2017 - Journal Article
Topological valleytronics: Brought to light 2017 - Journal Article
Hybrid Weyl semimetal 2016 - Journal Article
Even–odd layer-dependent magnetotransport of high-mobility Q-valley electrons in transition metal disulfides 2016 - Journal Article
First-principles demonstration of superconductivity at 280 K in hydrogen sulfide with low phosphorus substitution 2016 - Journal Article
Universal low-temperature Ohmic contacts for quantum transport in transition metal dichalcogenides 2016 - Journal Article


CAREER Award - NSF [2020]

News Articles

Physicists Find Misaligned Carbon Sheets Yield Unparalleled Properties
A material composed of two one-atom-thick layers of carbon has grabbed the attention of physicists worldwide for its intriguing — and potentially exploitable — conductive properties.

Dr. Fan Zhang, assistant professor of physics in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at The University of Texas at Dallas, and physics doctoral student Qiyue Wang published an article in June with Dr. Fengnian Xia’s group at Yale University in Nature Photonics that describes how the ability of twisted bilayer graphene to conduct electrical current changes in response to mid-infrared light.
Creation of Weak Materials Offers Strong Possibilities for Electronics
New fundamental research by UT Dallas physicists may accelerate the drive toward more advanced electronics and more powerful computers. 
The scientists are investigating materials called topological insulators, whose surface electrical properties are essentially the opposite of the properties inside. 

“These materials are made of the same thing throughout, from the interior to the exterior,” said Dr. Fan Zhang, assistant professor of physics at UT Dallas. “But, the interior does not conduct electrons — it’s an insulator — while the electrons on the surface are free to move around. The surface is therefore a conductor, like a metal, but it is in fact more robust than a metal.” 
Physicists Decipher Electronic Properties of Materials in Work That May Change Transistors
UT Dallas physicists have published new findings examining the electrical properties of materials that could be harnessed for next-generation transistors and electronics.
Dr. Fan Zhang
, assistant professor of physics, and senior physics student Armin Khamoshi recently published their research on transition metal dichalcogenides, or TMDs, in the journal Nature Communications. Zhang is a co-corresponding author, and Khamoshi is a co-lead author of the paper, which also includes collaborating scientists at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
University Physicists Demonstrate Negative Refraction Without Reflection
Physicists at The University of Texas at Dallas and Wuhan University have created an artificial structure that does not reflect sound and bends it in a way that does not occur in nature.
The results could inspire new directions in wave manipulation, such as acoustic cloaking technologies, and advances in photonics and electronics, said Dr. Fan Zhang, assistant professor of physics at UT Dallas and one of the authors of the study published in Nature.