Zheng Liu
Associate Member
Tel: +86-10-62772098
E-mail: zheng-liu@tsinghua.edu.cn 

Education background

09/2006-01/2012 PhD  in physics, Institute for Advanced Study, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
09/2002-07/2006 BS in physics, Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Experience

03/2015- Associate Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
02/2012-02/2015 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Areas of Research Interests/ Research Projects

I am interested in the intersection of condensed matter physics and materials science, particularly focusing on bridging the frontier of condensed matter theory, such as topological order, fractionalization and quantum frustration, with real-world materials. My research is mainly based on well-established first-principles calculation, from which the properties of materials are simulated, quantified and further mapped to effective physical models. These studies are also used to provide important support for the synthesis, characterization and modulation of materials in experiment.

Honors And Awards

2016 Fellowship of “The Thousand Talents plan”(for Young Professionals), Central Government of China
2015 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Australian Research Council
2013 Doctoral Thesis Research Award, Beijing Municipal Education Commission 
2010 Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student, Ministry of Education of China

Academic Achievement

Full list of SCI publications:  http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-4901-2013
Selected publications:
1. On quantum spin liquid candidates
“First-principles study of an organometallic S=1/2 kagome compound Cu(1,3-bdc)”, Zheng Liu, Jia-Wei Mei and Feng Liu, Physical Review B 92,165101 (2015)
“Selectively doping Barlowite for quantum spin liquid: a first-principles study”, Zheng Liu, Xiaolong Zou, Jia-Wei Mei and Feng Liu, Physical Review B 92, 220102(R) (2015)
2. On fractional Chern insulator candidates 
“Flat Chern Band in a Two-Dimensional Organometallic Framework”, Zheng Liu, Zheng-Fei Wang, Jia-Wei Mei, Yong-Shi Wu and Feng Liu, Physical  Review Letters, 110, 106804 (2013)
 “Exotic electronic states in the world of flat bands: From theory to material”, Zheng Liu, Feng Liu and Yong-Shi Wu, Chin. Phys. B (topical review) 23, 077308 (2014)
3. On topological insulators
“Stable Z2 topology in ultrathin Bi (111)  Films: a first-principles study”, Zheng Liu, Chao-Xing Liu, Wenhui Duan, Yong-Shi Wu, Feng Liu and Jian Wu, , Physical Review Letters, 107, 136805 (2011)
 “Topological and electronic transitions in a Sb(111) nanofilm: the interplay between quantum confinement and surface effect”, Peng-Fei Zhang, Zheng Liu, Wenhui Duan, Feng Liu and Jian Wu,  Physical Review B 85, 201410(R) (2012)
4. On Si and graphene
“Electronic Phase Diagram of Single-Element Silicon ‘Strain’ Superlattices”, Zheng Liu, Jian Wu, Wenhui Duan, Max G. Lagally and Feng Liu, , Physical Review Letters, 105, 016802 (2010)
 “First-Principles Calculations on the Effect of Doping and Biaxial Tensile Strain on Electron-Phonon Coupling in Graphene”Chen Si, Zheng Liu, Wenhui Duan and Feng Liu, Physical Review Letters, 111, 196802 (2013)