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Group webpage:https://www.labxing.com/zliu

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


12/2020- Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

03/2015-12/2020 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. In some sense, we intentionally push the DFT calculation to the edge of its comfort zone, and treat it as a kaleidoscope that projects the correlated materials to a non-interacting Hilbert space. It is not a 'WYSIWYG' tool, but with some imaginations you can still infer what the reality may look like. These studies are also used to provide important support for the synthesis, characterization and modulation of materials in experiment.

Honors And Awards

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: https://publons.com/researcher/2664554/zheng-liu/

Selected publications:

1. Computational predictions of exotic quantum materials

“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)

“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)

“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. Synergistic combination of computational and experimental studies on low-dimensional materials

"Mottness Collapse in 1T-TaS2-xSex Transition-Metal Dichalcogenide: An Interplay between Localized and Itinerant Orbitals.", Shuang Qiao, Xintong Li, Naizhou Wang, Wei Ruan, Cun Ye, Peng Cai, Zhenqi Hao, Hong Yao, Xianhui Chen, Jian Wu, Yayu Wang, and Zheng Liu, Physical Review X 7, 041054 (2017).

"Extensive impurity-scattering study on the pairing symmetry of monolayer FeSe films on SrTiO3.", Chong Liu, Jiahao Mao, Hao Ding, Rui Wu, Chenjia Tang, Fangsen Li, Ke He, Wei Li, Can-Li Song, Xu-Cun Ma, Zheng Liu, Lili Wang, and Qi-Kun Xue, Physical Review B 97, 024502 (2018).

“Atomic scale electronic structure of the ferromagnetic semiconductor Cr2Ge2Te6”, Zhenqi Hao, Haiwei Li, Shunhong Zhang, Xintong Li, Gaoting Lin, Xuan Luo,  Yuping Sun, Zheng Liu, and Yayu Wang,  Science Bulletin 63, 825 (2018).

3. Demonstration of computational approaches to characterize specific properties of strongly-correlated materials

“Electron-nuclear hyperfine coupling in quantum kagome antiferromagnets from first-principles calculation and a reflection of the defect effect”, Shunhong Zhang, Yi Zhou, Feng Liu and Zheng Liu, Science Bulletin 64, 1584 (2019).

“Renormalization of the Mott gap by lattice entropy: The case of 1T- TaS2”, Li Cheng , Shunhong Zhang, Shuang Qiao, Xiaofeng Wang, Lizhao Liu and Zheng Liu, Physical Review Research, 2, 023064 (2020).

“In-plane ordering of oxygen vacancies in a high-Tc cuprate superconductor with compressed Cu-O octahedrons: An automated cluster expansion study”, Yunhao Li, Shiqiao Du, Zheng-Yu Weng and Zheng Liu, Physical Review Materials 4, 044801 (2020).

“A first-principle perspective on electronic nematicity in FeSe”, Xuanyu Long, Shunhong Zhang, Fa Wang and Zheng Liu, NPJ Quantum Materials 5, 50 (2020).

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