Yimei Zhu


Brookhaven National Laboratory
Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science
Upton, NY 11973

Phone: (631) 344-3057


Yimei Zhu received his Ph.D in materials physics from Nagoya University, Japan in 1987. In 1988 he  joined  Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) as Assistant  Scientist and became Tenured Scientist in 1997.  He was a co-founder and the Facility Leader of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at BNL.  He currently is Senior Physicist and Group Leader at Dept. of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science and Head of Institute of Advanced Electron Microscopy, BNL. He is also an adjunct professor at Dept. of Applied Physics and Mathematics, Columbia University, and Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, and Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University.  During his career he has served on various academic committees, published 1 book, 10 book chapters, 400 peer reviewed journal articles, and 150 conference proceedings, and delivered 250 invited talks at international conferences and academic institutions.

Research Interests

  • Quantitative electron microscopy
  • Understanding structure-property of strongly correlated electron systems
  • Multiferroics
  • Energy materials

Honors & Awards

  • 2014  Co-organizer of DOE/BES workshop on Future Electron Scattering, and DOE/BES PIs meeting on Electron and Scanning Probe Microscopy;
  • 2011  R&D 100 Award, “Multimodal Optical Nanoprobe”;
  • 2011  Innovation Award on In-situ Optoelectronic Microscopy, MSA;
  • 2010  Innovation Award on Atomically Resoluved Secondary Electron Imaging, MSA;
  • 2009  Elected Inaugural Fellow of Microscopy Society of America (MSA);
  • 2006  Elected Fellow of American Physical Society

5 most relevant publications

  • Zhu, Y., Inada, H., Nakamura, K., and Wall, J., "Imaging single atoms using secondary electrons with an aberration-corrected electron microscope", Nature Materials, 8 808-812 (2009)
  • Jang, H. et al, "Strongly-correlated two-dimensional electron gas at oxide interfaces", Science, 331, 886-889 (2011)
  • Pollard, S. D., Huang, L., Buchanan, K.S., Arena, D.A., Zhu, Y., "Direct Dynamic Imaging of Non-Adiabatic Spin Torque Effects", Nature Communications, 3 1028 (2012)
  • Ma, C., Wu, L., Yin, W.-G.,  Yang, H., Shi, H., Wang, Z., Li, J., Homes, C.C., and Zhu, Y., "Strong coupling of the iron-quadrupole and anion-dipole polarizations in Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2". Phys. Rev. Lett. 112 077001 (2014)
  • Han, M.-G., Marshall, M.S.J., Wu, L., Schofield, M.A., Aoki, T., Twesten, R., Hoffman, J., Walker, F.J., Ahn, C.H., and Zhu, Y., "Interface-induced nonswitchable domains in ferroelectric thin films", Nature Communications, 5 4693 (2014)