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Zhou, You

Zhou, You

Assistant Professor
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.


  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 2015


  • Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science, 2018

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

Selected Recent Publications

  • 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)

MSE Grad Student, David Shahin, Receives Award for Diamond Tech Research

Shahin’s presentation at the MRS Fall 2017 Meeting took second place.

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

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