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Yimei Zhu

Senior Physicist, PM Management, Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department

Yimei Zhu

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department
Bldg. 480
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-3057
zhu@bnl.gov

Research | Education | Appointments | Highlights | Awards


Research Activities

Research and development of electron-based materials characterization tools, especially advanced electron microscopy instrumentation and methods at ultrahigh spatial and temporal resolution to probe electron, spin and lattice correlations and dynamics, and to understand materials’ physical and chemical behaviors. Research interests also include the study of nanoscale electron crystallography and structural inhomogeneities, defects and interfaces using aberration corrected atomic imaging, diffraction, energy-loss spectroscopy, holography, Lorentz microscopy and cryogenic in-situ microscopy in multiferroics, strongly correlated quantum systems and energy materials 

Selected Recent Professional Activities

  • Authored and co-authored over 600 peer reviewed journal articles, Web of Science:  h-index >75, citation >25,000; 200 conference proceedings, 1 book, 14 chapters in books and encyclopedias, and edited and co-edited 7 books.  Delivered over 350 invited talks at international conferences including 150 at academic institutions
  • Regional Executive Editor (North America), J. of Electron Microscopy, Oxford Univ. Press, (2006 -2013)
  • Editorial Board of MICRON, the International Res. & Rev. J. for Microscopy (1995 - present). 
  • Director for Physical Sciences, Microscopy Society of America (2018-2020).
  • Member Microscopy Society of America (MSA) Award Committee, Executive Program Committee, symposia organizers, twice 3-day tutorial course instructor and 36 invited talks at its annual meetings.  
  • Co-organizer and report writer of DOE workshop on Basic Research Needs for Innovation and Discovery of Transformative Experimental Tools, Gaithersburg, MD, June 1-3, 2016. 
  • Organizer and report writer of DOE/BES workshop on “Future of Electron Scattering and Diffraction”, Washington DC, Feb 28-19, 2014.
  • Organizer of DOE Principal Investigators’ Meeting on Electron and Scanning Probe Microscopy, Washington DC, Oct. 20-22, 2014.
  • Organizer of DOE-CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) Collaboration Workshop, Stony Brook, Sept 26-27, 2015; Shanghai, May 6-8, 2016.
  • DOE/BES review panel on Ultrafast diffraction, imaging & X-ray optics, Germantown, May 13, 2015; DOE/BES review panel for MSD core-research programs,  Oak Ridge National Lab, 2018, 2021.
  • DOE review panels on Nanoscale Science Research Centers, The Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 2016, 2019; Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Lab, 2016; Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Lab, 2015.  
  • NSF review panels on Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure, Feb. 2021; Major Research Instrumentation, April 2021, Superconductors and Superconductivity, Washington DC, April 24-15, 2014.
  • Chair of NSF Review Panel on Science and Technology Center competition: Real-Time Functional Imaging, University of Colorado at Boulder, Dec. 6-8, 2015. 

Education

  • 1986-87,  Research Associate, Dept. of Physics & Dept. of Materials Science, University of Virginia, VA, supervisor: Prof. Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf, member of US National Academy of Engineering. 
  • 1982-87,  M.S. (1984) & Ph.D (1987), Material Physics, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, supervisor: Prof. Toru Imura, member of Japanese National Academy.
  • 1977-81,  B.S. Materials Science and Applied Physics, Shanghai JiaoTong University, Shanghai, China.

Professional Appointments

  • 2019 – present Senior Advisor, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, BNL
  • 2002 – present Senior Physicist, Group Leader of Electron Microscopy and Nanostructure of Advanced Materials, BNL
  • 2006 – present Program director, Institute for Advanced Electron Microscopy, BNL
  • 2002 – 2010 Facility Leader and Co-Founder, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, BNL 
  • 1997 – 2002 Scientist with tenure, Group Leader, Dept. Appl. Sci. / Mat. Sci., BNL 
  • 1993 – 1997 Scientist, Dept. of Appl. Sci., BNL 
  • 1990 – 1993 Associate Scientist, Dept. of Appl. Sci., BNL
  • 1988 – 1990 Assistant Scientist, Dept. of Appl. Sci., BNL
  • 2012 – present Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Stony Brook University
  • 2004 – present Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Phys. and Astronomy, Stony Brook University
  • 2002 – present Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Applied Physics & Mathematics, Columbia University
  • 1997 – present Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Mat. Sci. & Eng., Stony Brook University

Advisory Committees

  • Advisory Board, NSF Science and Technology Center for Bright Beams, Cornell University, (2018 - present).
  • Chair of the Advisory Board, NSF Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems, UCLA, CA (2013 - present).
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Lab (2020 – present).
  • Steering Committee, Ultrafast Electron Microscopy, Argonne National Lab (2017 - present).
  • Advisory Board, China Center, Stony Brook University (2017 – present).
  • Brookhaven Council, offering advices to the Director of Brookhaven National Lab (2000-2003, 2018-2021).  

Research Highlights

Research Highlights link

Publications

Patents

  • US patent on Transmission Electron Microscope Holder with Optical Features, patent No. 8143593 (awarded in March 2012),  M. Milas, Yimei Zhu, and J.D. Rameau
  • US patent on Sample Stage and Chamber with Optical Excitation for Ion and Photoelectron Microscopes, patent No. 8497487 (awarded in July 2013), M. Milas, and Yimei Zhu, J.D. Rameau
  • US patent on Apparatus for GHz rate high duty cycle pulsing and manipulation of low and medium energy DC electron beams, patent No. US 9697982 (awarded Oct 2016), S. Baryshev, J. Qiu, C. Jing, S. Antipov, J. Lau, and Y. Zhu.
  • US patent (Provisional): “A Stroboscopic Transmission Electron Microscope for Imaging at MHz and GHz Rates”, (No. 62/236,567, submitted), S. Baryshev, J. Qiu, J. Lau, and Y. Zhu.
  • US patent on “Ultra broad band continuously tunable electron beam pulser”, patent No. US 10,319,556 B2, awarded Jun 11, 2019, C.  Jing, J. Qiu, S.V. Baryshev, J. Lau, and Y. Zhu.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2020 Innovation Award for the development of Electron Pulser using Accelerator Technology for Ultra-fast Electron Microscopy, MicroscopyToday, Microscopy Society of America (2020)
  • MSA Council Service Award, Microscopy Society of America (2020)
  • Director for Physical Sciences, Microscopy Society of America (2018-2020)
  • Fellow, Microanalysis Society (2020)
  • 2019 R&D 100 Award for the development of Affordable Laser-free Retrofittable Stroboscopic Solution for Ultrafast Electron Microscopy, R&D World magazine (2019)
  • 2019 Innovation Award for the Development of Compact Quadrupole-based MeV Ultrafast Electron Microscope, MicroscopyToday, Microscopy Society of America (2019)
  • Member of the National Academy of Inventors (2019) 
  • MRS Fellow, Materials Research Society (2019) 
  • International Science and Technology Award, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (2018)
  • Distinguished Scientist Award, highest honor of the society, Microscopy Society of America (2018)
  • Lee Hsun Lecture Award, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2018)
  • International Collaboration Award, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2017)
  • Senior Research Fellow, T.D. Lee Institute for Advanced Research (2016)
  • AAAS Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science (2016)
  • Distinguished Asian American Awards, issued by Suffolk County Executive S. Bellone, and by New York Governor A. Cuomo (2015) 
  • World Premier Institute Visiting Professor, Japanese Ministry of Education and Culture, Tohoku University, Sendai (2013)
  • Nanqiang Memory Lecture Award, Xianmen University, China (2013)
  • 2011 R & D 100 Award, “Multimodal Optical Nanoprobe” R & D Magazine (2011) 
  • Innovation Award, MicroscopyToday, for development of an innovative method on in-situ optoelectronic microscopy, Microscopy Society of America (2011)
  • Innovation Award, MicroscopyToday, for development of an innovative method of ultra-high-resolution atomic imaging of surfaces and bulk materials, Microscopy Society of America (2010)
  • MSA Inaugural Fellow, Microscopy Society of America (2009)
  • APS Fellow, American Physics Society (2006)
  • Distinguished Science and Technology Award, Brookhaven National Laboratory (2003) 
  • Program Development Award, Energy, Environment and National Security, BNL (2001)
  • Basic Energy Sciences Chunky Bullet Competition Award, Department of Energy (2001)
  • Kazuo Award, International Federation of Societies for Electron Microscopy, ICEM-11, Kyoto (1986)
  • China-Japan Government Fellowship, Ministry of Education, (1982-1987)
  • Chinese 1st Nationwide Competition for Overseas-Graduate-Study Scholarship (1981)
Yimei Zhu

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department
Bldg. 480
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-3057
zhu@bnl.gov

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