Yimei Zhu

Adjunct Professor

Materials Science & Engineering - Affiliated Faculty
Brookhaven National Lab
P.O. Box 5000, Mail Stop: 735
Upton, NY 11973
Phone: 1-631-344-3057
Email: zhu@bnl.gov

Research Specialty

Solid-state physics, materials science, nano-science and engineering, advanced electron microscopy


Ph.D. Nagoya University, 1987
M.S. Nagoya University, 1985
B.S. JiaoTong University, 1982


Inaugural Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America 2009

International Federation of Societies for Electron Microscopy’s Kazuo Award 1986

American Ceramic Society’s Roland B. Snow Award 1988

U.S. Department of Energy’s Chunky Bullet Award 2001

Brookhaven Lab’s Distinguished Science and Technology Award 2003


Yimei Zhu is a Senior Scientist at the US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). He also is an adjunct professor at the Department of Applied Physics and Mathematics, Columbia University, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy as well as the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at State University of New York at Stony Brook. Zhu is the Group Leader and Principal Investigator of the DOE Basic Energy Science's core-research program "Nanostructure and Structural Defects of Advanced Materials" and the Electron Microscopy Facility Leader of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at BNL. Dr. Zhu received his PhD from Nagoya University, Japan (studying with T. Imura) and was a Research Associate at the University of Virginia (with D. Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf). He joined Brookhaven as Assistant Scientist in 1988, and was promoted through the rank, awarded tenure in 1997, and appointed as Senior Scientist in 2002. His current research focuses on studies of nanoscale phenomena that control materials' functionality, such as superconductivity and magnetism. Dr. Zhu co-authored one book, edited and co-edited six books. He has written more than a dozen book chapters and review articles, and published over 200 articles in refereed journals and 100 in conference proceedings. He also delivered over 70 invited talks at major international conferences, excluding seminars and lectures at universities and research institutions. During his career, he has served on various academic committees, and received many honors including those from US and foreign governments and scientific societies, as well as from Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society. Dr. Zhu's wide research interests cover solid-state physics; nanoscale materials science and engineering; electronic structure and superconductivity; magnetic structure and magnetism; electron-beam scattering and its interaction with matter; synchrotron x-ray and neutron scattering; structural defects and interfaces in perovskites and transition-metal oxides; and, structural modeling and density functional theory calculations. Experimental research experience includes film growth; nanopatterning and lithography; quantitative analysis of intensity and phase of electron diffraction; atomic imaging; electron energy-loss spectroscopy; electron holography; in-situ magnetization and Lorentz microscopy; x-ray and neutron diffraction; and x-ray spectroscopy (XANES and EXAFS).

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