Shuyun Zhou 



    Department of Physics, Tsinghua University

    Room C-411, Building of the school of science

    Beijing 100084 


    Phone:(+86)10 6279 7928


Education and Employment



University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D.


Tsinghua University, B.S.



Professor, Physics Department,

Tsinghua University


Associate Professor, Physics Department,

Tsinghua University


Project scientist, Materials Sciences Division,

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Advanced Light Source Postdoc Fellow,

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

2008/01-2008/07Postdoc, Materials Sciences Division,

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


 2014 Spring: Principles and experiments of fundamental physics (Electromagnetism)
 2015 Spring: Principles and experiments of fundamental physics (Electromagnetism)
 2016 Spring: Principles and experiments of fundamental physics (Electromagnetism)

 2017 Spring: Principles and experiments of fundamental physics (Electromagnetism)

 2018 Spring: Physics for Scientists and Engineers B(1)

Research Interests

Layered materials have attracted extensive research interests due to the intriguing physics and potential applications. In my group, we focus on the growth and electronic structure studies of novel layer materials (including graphene, new transition metal dichalcogenide PtSe_2 etc), and hybrid hetero-structures formed by different layered materials (e.g. graphene/h-BN, B_i2Se_3/BSCCO). We are interested in the quantum confinement induced effects on the electronic, spin structures and band gap engineering, the coupling between charge and spin as well as proximity effect at the hetero-structure interface. We use various cutting-edge experimental probes to reveal the electronic structure of these advanced materials not only in the equilibrium state, but also to follow its dynamics far away from equilibrium to extract full energy, momentum and time information about electrons in the solids. The ultimate goal is to reach a better understanding of the underlying physics in existing materials, and to provide insights for designing new materials with desired properties.

Below are the experimental techniques that we use:
1. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES)、Spin-resolved ARPES
2. Ultrafast time-resolved APRES and ultrafast time-resolved optical spectroscopy

3. Resonant x-ray scattering (RXS) and ultrafast time-resolved resonant x-ray scattering (tr-RXS)
4. Other synchrotron based techniques, e.g. x-ray absorption (XAS), photoemission electron microscope (PEEM), inelastic x-ray scattering (IXS) etc


We recruit Ph.D. students and postdocs each year. Those who are interested, please contact Prof. Zhou at

Awards and Membership


2017   Changjiang Scholar Distinguished Professor

2017   National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars
2017   L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science, Laureate for China

2017   MRS Singapore ICON-2DMAT Young Scientist Award(YSA)

2017   Youth Science and Technology Innovation Leader
2013   Qiushi Outstanding young scholar award



2018 – 2022   Member of Commission on Structure and Dynamics of Condensed Matter, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

2018 – 2020   Associate editor for Science Bulletin

2016 – 2020   Editorial board for Journal of Semicondutors

2015 – 2019   AIP China Advisory Board

Selected Publications

Including 12 papers in Nature, Nature Physics, Nature Materials and Nature Communications; 7 papers in Phys. Rev. Lett. and 2 book chapters. Total number of times cited: >3000

Selected publications:

  1. 1. Mingzhe Yan, Huaqing Huang, Kenan Zhang, Eryin Wang, Wei Yao, Ke Deng, Guoliang Wan, Hongyun Zhang, Masashi Arita, Haitao Yang, Zhe Sun, Hong Yao, Yang Wu+, Shoushan Fan, Wenhui Duan+ and Shuyun Zhou+,
    “Lorentz violating type II Dirac fermions in transition metal dichalcogenide PtTe2”, Nat. Commun.8, 275 (2017)

  2. 2. Wei Yao, Eryin Wang, Huaqing Huang, Ke Deng, Mingzhe Yan, Kenan Zhang, Koji Miyamoto, Taichi Okuda, Chaoxing Liu, Linfei Li, Yeliang Wang, Hongjun Gao, Chaoxing Liu, Wenhui Duan and Shuyun Zhou+,
    “Direct observation of spin-layer locking by local Rashba effect in monolayer semiconducting PtSe2”, Nat. Commun. 8, 14216 (2017)

  3. 3. Changhua Bao, Wei Yao, Eryin Wang, Chaoyu Chen, Jose Avila, Maria C. Asensio and Shuyun Zhou.
    “Stacking-dependent electronic structure of trilayer graphene resolved by nanospot angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy”, Nano Lett. 17, 1564 (2017)

  4. 4. Kenan Zhang, Changhua Bao, Qiangqiang Gu, Xiao Ren, Haoxiong Zhang, Ke Deng, Yang Wu, Yuan Li, Ji Feng and Shuyun Zhou.
    “Raman signatures of inversion symmetry breaking and structural phase transition in type-II Weyl semimetal MoTe2”, Nat. Commun. 7, 13552 (2016)

  5. 5. Ke Deng+, Guoliang Wan+, Peng Deng+, Kenan Zhang, Shijie Ding, Eryin Wang, Mingzhe Yan, Huaqing Huang, Hongyun Zhang, Zhilin Xu, Jonathan Denlinger, Alexei Fedorov, Haitao Yang, Wenhui Duan, Hong Yao, Yang Wu, Shoushan Fan, Haijun Zhang, Xi Chen and Shuyun Zhou.
    “Experimental observation of topological Fermi arcs in type-II Weyl semimetal MoTe2”,Nat. Phys. 12, 1105-1110, (2016)

  6. 6. Eryin Wang+, Xiaobo Lu+, Shijie Ding, Wei Yao, Mingzhe Yan, Guoliang Wan, Ke Deng, Shuopei Wang, Guorui Chen, Jeil Jung, Johnathan Denglinger, Alexei V. Fedorov, Yuanbo Zhang, Guangyu Zhang and Shuyun Zhou.
    “Gaps induced by inversion symmetry breaking and second-generation Dirac cones in graphene/hexagonal boron nitride”, Nat. Phys. 12, 1111-1115 (2016)

  7. 7. Yeliang Wang, Linfei Li, Wei Yao, Shiru Song, J.T. Sun, Jinbo Pan, Xiao Ren, Chen Li, Eiji Okunishi, Yu-Qi Wang, Eryin Wang, Yan Shao, Yuyang Zhang, Haitao Yang, Eike F. Schwier, Hideaki Iwasawa, Kenya Shimada, Masaki Taniguchi, Chaohua Cheng, Shixuan Du, Shuyun Zhou, Stephen J. Pennycook, Sokrates T. Pantelides and Hong-Jun Gao.
    “Monolayer PtSe2, a new semiconducting transition-metal-dichalcogenide, epitaxially grown by direct selenization of Pt”,Nano Lett. 15, 4013 (2015).

  8. 8. Eryin Wang, Peizhe Tang, Guoliang Wan, Alexei Fedorov, Ireneusz Miotkowski, Yong Chen, Wenhui Duan and Shuyun Zhou.
    “Robust gapless surface state and Rashba-splitting bands upon surface deposition of magnetic Cr on Bi2Se3”, Nano Lett. 15, 2031-2036 (2015)


  9. 9. Eryin Wang, Hao Ding, Alexei V. Fedorov, Wei Yao, Zhi Li, Yan-Feng Lv, Kun Zhao, Li-Guo Zhang, Zhixun Xu, John Schneeloch, Ruidan Zhong, Shuai-Hua Ji, Lili Wang, Ke He, Xucun Ma, Genda Gu, Hong Yao, Qi-Kun Xue, Xi Chen and Shuyun Zhou.
    "Fully gapped topological surface states in Bi2Se3 films induced by a d-wave high-temperature superconductor", Nat. Phys. 9, 621-625 (2013)

  10. 10. S.Y. Zhou, Y. Zhu, M.C. Langner, Y.-D. Chuang, P. Yu, W.L. Yang, A.G. Cruz Gonzalez, M. Rini, N. Tahir, Y.-H. Chu, R. Ramesh, D.-H. Lee, Y. Tomioka, Y. Tokura, Z. Hussain and R.W. Schoenlein.
    “Ferromagnetic Enhancement of CE-type Spin Ordering in (Pr, Ca)MnO3”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 186404 (2011)

  11. 11. S.Y. Zhou, D.A. Siegel, A.V. Fedorov and A. Lanzara
    “Metal to insulator transition in epitaxial graphene”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 086402 (2008)


  1. 12. S.Y. Zhou, D.A. Siegel, A.V. Fedorov and A. Lanzara
    “Origin of the energy bandgap in epitaxial graphene - reply”, Nat. Mater. 7, 259 (2008)


  2. 13. S.Y. Zhou, G.-H. Gweon, A.V. Fedorov, P.N. First, W.A. de Heer, D.-H. Lee, F. Guinea, A.H. Castro Neto and A. Lanzara
    “Substrate induced band gap opening in epitaxial graphene”, Nat. Mater. 6, 770 (2007)
    This paper was selected by Thomson Reuters “Essential Science Indicators” as “Fast Breaking Paper in the field of Materials Science” in 2008 August


  3. 14. S.Y. Zhou, G.-H. Gweon, J. Graf, A.V. Fedorov, C.D. Spataru, R.D. Diehl, Y. Kopelevich, D.-H. Lee, S.G. Louie, A. Lanzara.
    “First direct observation of Dirac fermions in graphite”, Nat. Phys. 2, 595 (2006)

  4. 15. G.-H. Gweon, T. Sasagawa, S.Y. Zhou, J. Graf, H. Takagi, D.H. Lee and A. Lanzara.
    “Anomalous isotope effect on the electron dynamics of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+ high temperature superconductor”, Nature 430, 187 (2004)