Zhen Zhang

Zhen ZhangBio

I received my PhD degree in Materials Science from Xian Jiaotong University in 2013 working on structural transitions. Subsequently I was a post-doctoral fellow at Iowa State studying topological insulators and then joined Purdue University as a post-doctoral fellow in 2015.

Research

My current research is focused on synthesis of phase change materials. Thin film oxides that undergo insulator-metal transitions present challenging research problems to understand elementary mechanisms leading to electronic structure collapse. Controlling extent of disorder is therefore crucial to designing materials for spectroscopic and device-related studies.