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I am a professor in Nano-Electronics and Materials at Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom. I got my first degree in Physics from Nanjing University and my Ph.D in Electronic Engineering from the University of York. I was an EPSRC PDRA at University of Cambridge and a visiting scholar of Hong Kong University (HK) and Nanjing University (CN).

          My research concerns low-dimensional spin-electronics or spintronic systems. The vision is to advance new materials, architectures and mechanisms in the quest to control, measure and exploit the quantum spin of electrons and further quasi particles. These new tools are not exploited in conventional electronics, which leaves open the possibility of a completely new generation of low-dissipation logic devices, in-memory computing, neuromorphic computing, and quantum computing with never-before-seen capabilities. Within these topics I have published several papers in high-impact journals such as Physical Review Letters, Nature Communications, Science Advances, Advanced Materials, Nanoletters, and ACS Nano as the research lead, and given talks in major conferences like InterMag and MMM, and at the worldwide universities/research institutes. I am the invited author of several major review articles such as “Hybrid Spintronic Materials: Growth, Structure and Properties” on Progress in Materials Science (impact factor = 39.6).

          I hold several positions of trust within the wider scientific community including refereeing funding proposals for the major funding bodies, publisher advisories and editorships, and conference chairing and organising in relevant fields. I am the Chair of the peer review panel for STFC Diamond Light Source, and a member of the UKRI Talent & Skills Panel College, and that for UKRI New Horizons. Over the past few years, I have refereed various research proposals for national and international funding bodies including EPSRC, STFC, MRC, NOW and India Alliance. The scope of the proposals ranges from large-scale capital bids to competitive fellowships such as the UKRI Future Leader Fellowships. I am a member of the advisory board for the publishers Taylor & Francis for the textbook “Introductory Nanoelectronics” and a member of the editorial board for Nature Scientific Reports.

       I have a portfolio of several research grants and maintain a set of national and international collaborations. I am the PI of the EPSRC grant ‘Topological Spintronics’, Royal Society grant 'Enhancing Quantum Anomalous Effect in Magnetic TIs', and PI/CI of more than 450 shifts of beamtime at the worldwide synchrotron-radiation stations including Diamond Light Source (UK), Max-lab (Sweden) and the Advanced Light Source (US), equivalent to over £3 M. I am the recipient of the RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Senior Fellowship in 2019, in addition to several prestigious home institute awards such as KM Stott Memorial Prize, York VC’s Special Award and Holbeck Award.


Research Key Words: Quantum Materials, Condensed Matter, Spintronics, Synchrotron-radiation, Ultra-high vaccum technologies, Nano-electronics



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


  • Physics
  • Condensed Matter
  • Quantum Materials
  • Synchrotron Radiation
  • Electronic engineering
  • Spintronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Integrated Circuit


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