Zhongchang Wang, formerly associate professor in Tohoku University, started on March 1st as Senior Staff Researcher at INL. Zhongchang is going to lead the newly established group of Atomic Manipulation for Quantum Nanotechnology, at INL. He is going to work on structure-property interplay of two-dimensional materials and nanomaterials at the atomic scale so as to fulfill atomic manipulation of quantum nanostructures through combining electron microscopy, spectroscopy, first-principles calculations and property assessment.
Zhongchang Wang received a Master degree from Chongqing University in China (2004) and a Ph. D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Tokyo in Japan (2007) where he worked on elucidation of switching meachism of atomic switches. He thereafter spent two years (2008-2009) as a postdoctoral research associate at Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University (Japan) and subsequently three years (2010-2013) as an assistant professor in the same institution. In 2013, he was promoted to associate professor at Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University. In 2016, he was also a visiting scientist at University College London (UCL), UK. In Tohoku University, he conducted both experiments and first-principles calculations with a special attention on defects and interfaces in functional materials and on how they mediate material property shift at atomic scale, aimed at tackling fundamental material issues in a broad range of functional material systems. He has made contribution to the fields of atomic structures of materials, phases and interfaces and their correlation with physico-chemical properties by merging the state-of-the-art (scanning) transmission electron microscopy with density-functional theory calculations. He has received a total of 17 research grants from Japanese government and companies, and (co-) authored over 180 peer-reviewed SCI-indexed papers in Nature, Nat. Nanotech., Nat. Commun. Adv. Mater., Angew Chemie, Phys. Rev., Appl. Phys. Lett. etc. Moreover, he has also delivered over 30 invited talks in international conferences and received several awards from Japan and USA.