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Dr. Ye Zhu is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Physics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received his undergraduate degree from Tsinghua University in China, and his Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008. After graduation, he did postdoc in US and Australia, until joining The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2016.

Dr. Zhu has dedicated to developing cutting edge microscopy and spectroscopy techniques, and their applications on emerging materials. Applying these techniques, his team has made numerous breakthroughs, including the first discovery of novel 2D antiferroelectricity and ferroelasticity in indium selenide compound. He has published over 120 journal articles, including high-impact journals such as Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Energy, and Physical Review Letters. The impact of his publication is evidenced by over 6300 citations according to Scopus, with an H-index of 31. His strong track record has won him several professional awards such as the “Early Career Award” from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council in 2017, and the Young Scientist award from the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (IFSM) in 2014.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Applied Science, McMaster University

Bachelor of Engineering, Tsinghua University

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin (Madison)


  • QC Physics
  • Electron microscopy
  • Electron energy-loss spectroscopy
  • Energy materials
  • 2D materials
  • Complex oxides


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