Yuanyuan Zhou

'16 PhD, Brown University

Biographical Sketch

Yuanyuan (Alvin) Zhou earned B.S. (2009) in Materials Science & Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU) and Ph.D. (2016) in Engineering from Brown University. He also holds M.S. (2011) in Materials Science & Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University and M.S. (2012) in Chemistry from UST - Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology.

Prior to appointment (Fall 2020) in Hong Kong Baptist University, Zhou was an Assistant Professor (Research; 2016-2020) at Brown University, where he was a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator of several U.S. federal grants awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Defense (DOD). He also served as a Panelist or Reviewer for U.S. NSF, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), NSERC-Canada, etc. and an Ad hoc Journal Reviewer for Nature series, JACS, Adv. Mater, Joule, etc. 


A receipt of numerous honors including U.S. NSF EPSCoR Research Fellowship (2019), Huijiu Zhou Forum Named Lectureship of Alma Mater XJTU (2019), Zasshikai Seminar Named Lectureship of University of Tokyo (2017), Outstanding Thesis Award of Brown University SOE (2016), Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Student Aboard (2016), Graduate Fellowship of Brown University (2012), The Grand Prize (2012) and Research Paper Award (2012) of UST, E United Group Scholarship for Exchange Students to Taiwan (2008), and Siyuan Scholarships of XJTU (2005, 2006). 


As a Chair or co-Chair, Zhou has (lead) organized Materials Research Society (MRS) symposia for 5 times and 1 Pacifichem symposium. Besides, he is a Section Editor of Journal of Energy Chemistry and a Guest Editor of Solar RRL, J. Appl. Phys., EcoMat, and J. Mat. Res.

Zhou has been trained as a materials scientist with research interests across the disciplines of physics, chemistry, and electrical engineering. He made notable contribution to fundamental understanding and scalable engineering the thin-film microstructure of perovskite semiconductors, and discovering new environmentally-friendly inorganic semiconductors. He has authored/co-authored >80 papers (Google Scholar: ~5000 citations; h-index 37), and co-filed 5 U.S. patents (2 issued). He has delivered >10 invited talks in notable conferences of those major professional societies such as MRS, IEEE and American Ceramic Society (ACerS). He has also been invited to deliver guest lectures in >30 leading institutes such as MIT, Oxford, Duke, and UTokyo. 

Principal Investigator


Assistant Professor Starting in Fall 2020

Department of Physics

Hong Kong Baptist University

Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong SAR

Email: yyzhou [at] hkbu.edu.hk


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