Phase-Change Memory Materials
First Principles Materials Design
2015.05 – 2017.03   Professor, CAMP-Nano, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
2015.05 – 2017.03   Distinguished Research Fellow, CAMP-Nano, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
2014.04 – 2015.04   Postdoctoral Fellow, I. Institute of Physics (IA), Department of Physics, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
2011.04 – 2014.03   Ph.D, Institute for Theoretical Solid State Physics, Department of Physics RWTH Aachen University, Germany
2008.09 – 2010.06   M.Sc, Institute of condensed matter physics, Department of Physics Zhejiang University, China
2004.09 – 2008.06   B.Sc, Department of Physics, Zhejiang University, China
Honors and Awards
2016  Chinese 1000 Plan Young Scholar
2015  Young Talent Support Plan of Xi'an Jiaotong University
2014   PhD with Distinction, "Summa Cum Laude"
2013   Celebrity of "Study in Germany"
2010   DAAD-CSC PhD Scholarship
2010   Excellent postgraduate students' award 
2009   First-Class Award of Honor for Graduate 
2009   Graduate of Merit/Triple A graduate
2009   ASML Scholarship (2009)
  1. The 1st Sino-German Symposium on Electronic and Memory Materials, Nov 1-5, 2015, Aachen, Germany. Link
  1. Wei Zhang* and E. Ma*, "Phase-change memory: Single-element glass to record data", Nature Materials, (2018) DOI: 10.1038/s41563-018-0114-5 Link
  2.  J.-J. Wang, J. Wang, H. Du, L. Lu, P. C. Schmitz, J. Reindl, A. M. Mio, C.-L. Jia, E. Ma, R. Mazzarello, M. Wuttig, Wei Zhang*, "Genesis and effects of swapping bi-layers in hexagonal GeSb2Te4", Chem. Mater., (2018) DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b01900 Link
  3. J.-J. Wang, I. Ronneberger, L. Zhou, L. Lu, V.L. Deringer, B. Zhang, L. Tian, H. Du, C. Jia, X. Qian, M. Wuttig, R. Mazzarello, Wei Zhang*, "Unconventional two-dimensional germanium dichalcogenides", Nanoscale, 10, 7363-7368 (2018) Link
  4. F. Rao,*# K. Y. Ding,# Y. X. Zhou,# Y. H. Zheng, M. J. Xia, S. L. Lv, Z. T. Song,* S. L. Feng, I. Ronneberger, R. Mazzarello,Wei Zhang* and E. Ma, "Reducing the stochasticity of crystal nucleation to enable subnanosecond memory writing", Science, 358, 1423-1427 (2017) Link
  5. B. Zhang, Wei Zhang*, Z.-J. Shen, Y.-J. Chen, J.-X. Li, S.-B. Zhang, Z. Zhang, M. Wuttig, R. Mazzarello, E. Ma* and X.-D. Han*, "Element-resolved atomic structure imaging of rocksalt Ge2Sb2Te5 phase-change material", Appl. Phys. Lett., 108, 191902 (2016) Link
  6. Wei Zhang*, V. L. Deringer, R. Dronskowski, R. Mazzarello, E. Ma, M. Wuttig, “Density functional theory guided advances in phase-change materials and memories”, MRS Bulletin 40, 856-869 (2015). Link
  7. J.-Y. Raty, Wei Zhang, J. Luckas, C. Chen, R. Mazzarello, C. Bichara and M. Wuttig*, "Aging mechanisms in amorphous phase change materials", Nature Communications 6, 7467 (2015) Link
  8. Y. Li, Wei Zhang, M. Morgenstern, and R. Mazzarello*, "Electronic and magnetic properties of zigzag graphene nanoribbons on the (111) surface of Cu, Ag and Au", Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 216804 (2013) Link
  9. Wei Zhang, A. Thiess, P. Zalden, R. Zeller, P. H. Dederichs, J.-Y. Raty, M. Wuttig*, S. Blügel, and R. Mazzarello*, "Role of vacancies in metal-insulator transitions of crystalline phase-change materials", Nature Materials 11, 952 (2012) Link
  10. Wei Zhang, I. Ronneberger, Y. Li, and R. Mazzarello*, "Magnetic properties of crystalline and amorphous phase-change materials doped with 3d impurities", Advanced Materials 24, 4387 (2012) Link