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Zhou, You

Zhou, You

Assistant Professor
NSF CAREER Recipient
DOE Early Career Recipient
Materials Science and Engineering
2144 Chemical & Nuclear Engineering Building/4418 Stadium Drive, College Park

You Zhou received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University and was a postdoctoral scholar at Harvard before joining the University of Maryland.

He is leading an experimental group studying the fundamental materials and device physics of quantum materials, to develop next-generation information and energy technologies. Particular materials systems include complex oxides with strong electron correlation effects, 2D materials, and their interfaces.

The You Zhou Research Group is hiring! Researchers with an interest and experience in correlated electronic systems, low-dimensional materials, nanophotonics and surface science are strongly encouraged to apply. If interested, please send your CV and a brief description of research interest to youzhou@umd.edu.


  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 2015


  • DOE Early Career Award, 2022
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2021
  • Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science, 2018

  • Materials synthesis
  • 2D materials and heterostructures
  • Transition metal oxides
  • Electronic and optical materials and devices

Spring: ENMA 436/ENMA 636 Introduction to Quantum Materials and Devices

Selected Recent Publications

  • Y. Zhou, J. Sung, E. Brutschea, I. Esterlis, Y. Wang, G. Scuri, R. J. Gelly, H. Heo, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, G. Zaránd, M. D. Lukin, P. Kim, E. Demler & H. Park. Bilayer Wigner crystals in a transition metal dichalcogenide heterostructure. Nature, in press, ArXiv:2010.03037 (2021).

  • J. Sung, Y. Zhou, G. Scuri, V. Zolyomi, T. I. Andersen, H. Yoo, D. S. Wild, A. Y. Joe, R. J. Gelly, H. Heo, S. J. Magorrian, D. Berube, A. M. Valdivia, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, M. D. Lukin, P. Kim, V. I. Falko & H. Park. Broken mirror symmetry in excitonic response of reconstructed domains in twisted MoSe2/MoSe2 bilayers. Nature Nanotechnology, published online (2020). (News by Nature Nanotechnology)

  • G. Scuri*, T. I. Andersen*, Y. Zhou*, D. S. Wild, J. Sung, R. J. Gelly, D. Berube, H. Heo, L. Shao, A. Y. Joe, A. M. Valdivia, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, M. Loncar, P. Kim, M. D. Lukin & H. Park. Electrically tunable valley dynamics in twisted WSe2/WSe2 bilayers. Physical Review Letter, 124, 217403 (2020). (News by Nature Reviews Materials)

  • Y. Zhou, G. Scuri, J. Sung, R. Gelly, D.S. Wild, K. De Greve, A.Y. Joe, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, P. Kim, M.D. Lukin & H. Park. Controlling excitons in an atomically thin membrane with a mirror. Physical Review Letter 124, 027401 (2020). (Chosen as Editor’s suggestion)

  • P. Roney, A. Shahsafi, Y. Zhou, Z. Zhang, Y. Xiao, C. Wan, R. Wambold, J. Salman, Z. Yu, J. Li, J. T. Sadowski, R. Comin, S. Ramanathan & M.A. Kats. Temperature-independent thermal radiation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116, 26402-26406 (2019).

  • G. Scuri*, Y. Zhou*, A.A. High*, D.S. Wild*, C. Shu, K. De Greve, L.A. Jauregui, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, P. Kim, M. D. Lukin & H. Park. Large excitonic reflectivity of monolayer MoSe2 encapsulated in hexagonal boron nitride. Physical Review Letter 120, 037401 (2018). (News and Views by Nature)

  • Y. Zhou*, G. Scuri*, D. S. Wild*, A.A. High*, A. Dibos, L.A. Jauregui, C. Shu, K. De Greve, K. Pistunova, A. Y. Joe, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, P. Kim, M.D. Lukin & H. Park. Probing dark excitons in atomically thin semiconductors via near-field coupling to surface plasmon polaritons. Nature Nanotechnology 12, 856–860 (2017). (News and Views by Nature Nanotechnology)

  • Y. Zhou, X. Guan, H. Zhou, K. Ramadoss, S. Adam, H. Liu, S. Lee, J. Shi, M. Tsuchiya, D.D. Fong & S. Ramanathan. Strongly correlated perovskite fuel cells. Nature 534, 231–234 (2016). (News and Views by Nature Energy)

  • Y. Zhou & S. Ramanathan. Mott memory and neuromorphic devices. Proceedings of the IEEE 103, 1289–1310 (2015)

  • Y. Zhou*, J. Park*, J. Shi, M. Chhowalla, H. Park, D.A. Weitz & S. Ramanathan. Control of emergent properties at a correlated oxide interface with graphene. Nano Letters 15, 1627–1634 (2015).

  • J. Shi*, Y. Zhou* & S. Ramanathan. Colossal resistance switching and band gap modulation in a perovskite nickelate by electron doping. Nature Communications 5, 5860 (2014)

  • Y. Zhou, X. Chen, C. Ko, Z. Yang, C. Mouli & S. Ramanathan. Voltage-triggered ultrafast phase transition in vanadium dioxide switches. Electron Device Letters, IEEE 34, 220–222 (2013)

You Zhou Receives DOE 2022 Early Career Award

Zhou will receive five years of funding from the DOE Office of Science.

In a Smooth Move, Ions Ditch Disorder and Keep Their Memories

Researchers have demonstrated a new way for atomic ions to host disturbances that do not fade away. 

You Zhou Receives NSF CAREER Award

Zhou joins six other Clark School Faculty Members who received CAREER awards earlier this year.

Multi-institutional Research Team Documents Quantum Melting of Wigner Crystals

The study marks a major step toward creating a system for studying quantum phase transitions.

UMD Researchers to Have a Strong Showing at ICRA 2021

The 2021 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2021) will be held both in person and online from May 30 to June 5, 2021.

Doyenne Reliability Engineering Program

A fellowship for Mozambican women to pursue graduate education in Reliability Engineering at UMD

Data-Driven Research, Pandemic Impact Highlighted at TRB

UMD researchers presented new findings, tools, and technologies, including a COVID-19 Impact Dashboard that leverages mobile device data.

Diamonds Shine a Light on Hidden Currents in Graphene

UMD Professor and Quantum Technology Center Director, Ronald Walsworth, and his colleagues, have developed a way to use diamonds to see the elusive details of electrical currents.

CEE Experts Active at TRB 97th Annual Meeting

Faculty, staff, and students gave more than 50 presentations during the four-day event.

MSE Research Reveals Unique Ionic Diffusion Mechanism in Super-Ionic Conductors  

Mo, He and Zhu devise an ‘ion transport highway’ for solid-state batteries.

BioE Capstone 2014: New Projects Focus on Cardiological Health, Surgical Tools and More

Students' inventions range from diagnostic devices to accident prevention products.

Jones, Zhou Win Air Force Research Awards

Anya Jones (aerospace engineering) recognized for wing research. Alumna Enlu Zhou also receives an award.

UM $50K Business Plan Competition Winners Announced

Six winners were selected from eight finalist teams.