Hanyu Zhu

WEBSITE(S)| Emergent Quantum & Ultrafast Materials Laboratory

Research Summary

Dr. Zhu is an assistant professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering. He earned his B.S. in Mathematics and Physics in Tsinghua University in China, when he got into the field of nanomaterials. He obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Science and Technology in the University of California at Berkeley for studying electromechanics of atomically thin crystals, and then stayed for one and half a year as a post-doctoral researcher developing novel optical spectroscopy for phonons, the quantized lattice vibration. Dr. Zhu started EQUAL in the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering in July 2018.

Research Areas

Dr. Zhu and his Emerging Quantum and Ultrafast Activity Laboratory (EQUAL) engineer materials at the atomic level with light. He is interested in the interplay among the lattice structures, electrons and electromagnetic waves to create quantum behavior that typically only exist in extreme conditions with natural compounds. These artificial materials potentially serve in robust information technology and sensitive detectors beyond the classical limit.


Biswas A, Xu M, Fu K, Zhou J, Xu R, Puthirath AB, Hachtel JA, Li C, Iyengar SA, Kannan H, Zhang X, Gray T, Vajtai R, Glen Birdwell A, Neupane MR, Ruzmetov DA, Shah PB, Ivanov T, Zhu H, Zhao Y, Ajayan PM “Properties and device performance of BN thin films grown on GaN by pulsed laser deposition.” Applied Physics Letters, 121(9):092105 (2022).

Puthirath AB, Zhang X, Krishnamoorthy A, Xu R, Samghabadi FS, Moore DC, Lai J, Zhang T, Sanchez DE, Zhang F, Glavin NR, Litvinov D, Vajtai R, Swaminathan V, Terrones M, Zhu H, Vashishta P, Ajayan PM “Piezoelectricity across 2D Phase Boundaries.” Advanced Materials, 2206425 (2022).

Wen X, Wang W, Zhang X, Chen H, Jia S, Gong Y, Chen W, Wang Y, Zhu H, Zheng J, Ajayan PM, Lou J “Pathways of Exciton Triggered Hot-Carrier Injection at Plasmonic Metal−Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Interface.” Advanced Optical Materials, 2100070 (2022) .

Londoño-Calderon A, Williams DJ, Schneider MM, Savitzky BH, Ophus C, Ma S, Zhu H, Pettes MT “Intrinsic helical twist and chirality in ultrathin tellurium nanowires.” Nanoscale, (2021).

Lan S, Liu X, Wang S, Zhu H, Liu Y, Gong C, Yang S, Shi J, Wang Y, Zhang X “Observation of strong excitonic magneto-chiral anisotropy in twisted bilayer van der Waals crystals.” Nature Communications, 12(1):2088 (2021).

Jia Liang, Qiyi Fang, Hua Wang, Rui Xu, Shuai Jia, Yuxuan Guan, Qing Ai, Guanhui Gao, Hua Guo, Kaijun Shen, Xiewen Wen, Tanguy Terlier, Gary P. Wiederrecht, Xiaofeng Qian, Hanyu Zhu, Jun Lou, “Perovskite‐Derivative Valleytronics”, Advanced Materials (2020).

Yifan Zhu, Yifeng Liu, Kristen A. Miller, Hanyu Zhu, and Eilaf Egap, “Lead Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals as Photocatalysts for PET-RAFT Polymerization under Visible and Near-Infrared Irradiation”, ACS Macro Letters, 9, 5, 725–730 (2020).

Hao-Kun Li, King Yan Fong, Hanyu Zhu, Quanwei Li, Siqi Wang, Sui Yang, Yuan Wang and Xiang Zhang, “Valley optomechanics in a monolayer semiconductor”, Nature Photonics, 13, 397–401 (2019).

Jun Xiao*, Hanyu Zhu*, Ying Wang*, Wei Feng, Yunxia Hu, Arvind Dasgupta, Yimo Han, Yuan Wang, David A. Muller, Lane W. Martin, PingAn Hu and Xiang Zhang, “Intrinsic Two-Dimensional Ferroelectricity with Dipole Locking”, Physical Review Letters, 120, 227601 (2018). Highlighted by Nature.