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Zhou, You

Zhou, You

Assistant Professor
NSF CAREER Recipient
DOE Early Career Recipient
International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Early Career Scientist
Forbes 30 Under 30
Maryland Outstanding Young Scientist
Materials Science and Engineering
2246 Kim Engineering Building

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


  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, 2023
  • Outstanding Young Scientist, Maryland Academy of Sciences & Maryland Science Center, 2023
  • IUPAP Early Career Scientist Prize in Structure and Dynamics of Condensed Matter, 2023
  • Department of Energy Early Career Award, 2022
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2021
  • Forbes 30 Under 30 – 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

  • Chiral optical nano-cavity with atomically thin mirrors. D. G. Suárez-Forero, R. Ni, S. Sarkar, M. J. Mehrabad, E. Mechtel, V. Simonyan, A. Grankin, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, S. Park, H. Jang, M. Hafezi, Y. Zhou. arXiv:2308.04574 (2023).

  • Giant optical nonlinearity of Fermi polarons in atomically thin semiconductors. L. Gu, L. Zhang, R. Ni, M. Xie, D.S. Wild, S. Park, H. Jang, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, M. Hafezi, & Y. Zhou. arXiv:2306.11199 (2023).

  • Excitonic Mott insulator in a Bose-Fermi-Hubbard system of moiré WS₂/WSe₂ heterobilayer. B. Gao, D.G. Suarez-Forero, S. Sarkar, T.S. Huang, D. Session, M.J. Mehrabad, R. Ni, M. Xie, J. Vannucci, S. Mittal, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, A. Imamoglu, Y. Zhou & M. Hafezi. arXiv:2304.09731 (2023).

  • Controlling quantum phases of electrons and excitons in moiré superlattices. L. Zhang, R. Ni, & Y. Zhou. Journal of Applied Physics 133, 080901 (2023). [Invited]

  • Bilayer Wigner crystals in a transition metal dichalcogenide heterostructure. 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. Nature 595, 48–52 (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)

Speedy, Secure, Sustainable—That’s the Future of Telecom

New study uncovers technologies that could unveil energy-efficient information processing and sophisticated data security.

Groundbreaking Plasma Innovation Shines as Invention of the Year

Maryland Engineers Take Home Top Prize at 2024 Innovate Maryland

Zhou Named Outstanding Young Scientist 

Zhou Named Outstanding Young Scientist 

Selected Publications from NanoCenter's AIM Lab and FabLab

Highlighting recent research performed at the NanoCenter AIM Lab and FabLab.

You Zhou Receives DOE 2022 Early Career Award

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

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.

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.