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College of Arts and Sciences

Shixiong Zhang

Shixiong Zhang Associate Professor
Materials Physics/Condensed Matter (Experiment)

B.S., University of Science and Technology of China, 07/2004
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 12/2007

Postdoctoral Positions:
Northwestern University (Materials Science& Engineering)
Director Funded Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Office: Swain West 161
Phone: (812)856-1360
Email: sxzhang at

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My research is focused on rational design, controlled synthesis,and coherent measurement of novel nanostructured materials. The material systems that I am currently interested in include spin-orbit coupled oxides, topological insulators and metals. I use pulsed laser deposition to fabricate thin films and planar heterostructures, and chemical vapor deposition to grow 1D nanowires and 2D nanoplatelets. I am particularly interested in exploring their emergent physical (structural, electrical, magnetic and thermoelectric) properties that arise from unique aspects associated with the nanoscale geometry, and aim to understand the underlying physical origins via correlated nano-scale measurements using multi-functional scanning probe microscopy and low temperature magnetization and transport techniques.

Selected Publications

  • W. C. Yang, Y. T. Xie, X. Sun, X. H. Zhang, K. Park, S. C. Xue, Y. L. Li, C. G. Tao, Q. X. Jia, Y. Losovyj, H. Wang, J. J. Heremans and S. X. Zhang, "Stoichiometry control and electronic and transport properties of pyrochlore Bi2Ir2O7 thin films", Physical Review Materials 2, 114206 (2018)
  • E. Z. Xu, H. M. Liu, K. Park, Z. Li, Y. Losovyj, M. Starr, M. Werbianskyj, H. A. Fertig, S. X. Zhang, "p-Type transition-metal doping of large-area MoS2 thin films grown by chemical vapor deposition", Nanoscale 9, 3576-3584 (2017)
  • W.K. Zhu, Chi-Ken Lu, W. Tong, J. M. Wang, H. D. Zhou, S. X. Zhang, "Strong ferromagnetism induced by canted antiferromagnetic order in double perovskite iridates (La_1-xSr_x)_2ZnIrO_6", Physical Review B 91, 144408 (2015)
  • W. K. Zhu, M. Wang, B. Seradjeh, F.Y. Yang, and S. X. Zhang, "Enhanced Weak Ferromagnetism and Conductivity in Hole-doped Pyrochlore Iridate Y2Ir2O7", Physical Review B 90, 054419 (2014)
  • Z. Li, S. Shao, N. Li, K. McCall, J. Wang, and S. X. Zhang, " Single Crystalline Nanostructures of Topological Crystalline Insulator SnTe with Distinct Facets and Morphologies ", Nano Letters 13, 5443 (2013)
  • J. K. Hyun, S. X. Zhang, and L. J. Lauhon, "Nanowire Heterostructures", Annual Review of Materials Research 43, 451 (2013)
  • S. X. Zhang, S. A. Dayeh, Y. Li, S. A. Crooker, D. L. Smith, and S. T. Picraux, "Electrical Spin Injection and Detection in Silicon Nanowires through Oxide Tunnel Barriers", Nano Letters 13, 430 (2013)
  • S. X. Zhang, I. S. Kim, and L. J. Lauhon, �Stoichiometry Engineering of Structural Phase Transition from Monoclinic Phase to Rutile in Suspended Single Crystal VO2 Nanobeams�, Nano Letters 11, 1443 (2011)
  • S. X. Zhang, F. J. Lopez, J. K. Hyun, L. J. Lauhon, �Direct Detection of Hole Gas in Ge-Si Core-Shell Nanowires by Enhanced Raman Scattering�, Nano Letters 10, 4483 (2010)
  • S. X. Zhang, J. Y. Chou, and L. J. Lauhon, �Direct Correlation of Structural Domain Formation with the Metal Insulator Transition in a VO2 Nanobeam�, Nano Letters 9, 4527 (2009)
  • S. X. Zhang, S. B. Ogale, W. Yu, X. Gao, T. Liu, Saurabh Ghosh, G. P. Das, Andrew T. S. Wee, R. L. Greene, and T. Venkatesan, �Electronic Manifestation of Cation Vacancy Induced Magnetic Moments in Transparent Oxide Semiconductor: Anatase Nb:TiO2�, Advanced Materials 21, 2282 (2009)
  • S. X. Zhang, E. R. Hemesath, D. E. Perea, E. Wijaya, J. L. Lensch-Falk and L. J. Lauhon, �Relative Influence of Surface States and Bulk Impurities on the Electrical Properties of Ge Nanowires�, Nano Letters 9, 3268 (2009)
  • S. X. Zhang, W. Yu, S. B. Ogale , S. R. Shinde, D. C. Kundaliya, Wang-Kong Tse, S. Y. Young, J. S. Higgins, L. G. Salamanca-Riba, M. Herrera, L. F. Fu, N. D. Browning, R. L. Greene, and T. Venkatesan, �Magnetism and Anomalous Hall Effect in Co-(La,Sr)TiO3-δ�, Physical Review B 76, 085323 (2007)