People

Prof. Xixiang Zhang

Principal Investigator
​Professor and Faculty Chair of Material Science and Engineering ​​​

Division of Physical Science and Engineering 
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Research Interests

​​Prof. Xixiang Zhang's research interests include magnetism, magnetic materials, magneto-transport, spintronics, magnetic cooling, nano-materials, multiferroic materials, graphene and carbon-based materials, as well as bio-materials. 

Prof. Xixiang Zhang has co-authored more than 470 papers (recorded by Web of Science). The number of total citation of these papers is larger 17900 with h-index 64. The number of citation after excluding the self-citation is larger than 17400. 

Selected Publications

Peng Li, Weikang Wu, Yan Wen, Chenhui Zhang, Junwei Zhang, Senfu Zhang, Zhiming Yu, Shengyuan A. Yang, A. Manchon and Xixiang Zhang*, Spin-momentum locking and spin-orbit torques in magnetic nano-heterojunctions composed of Weyl semimetal WTe2, Nat. Commun. 9, 3990 (2018). 

Peng Li, Yan Wen, Xin He, Qiang Zhang, Chuan Xia, Zhi-Ming Yu, Shengyuan A Yang, Zhiyong Zhu, Husam N Alshareef and Xixiang Zhang*, Evidence for topological type-II Weyl semimetal WTe2, Nat. Commun., 8, 2150 (2017).

Wei Chen, Shuyu Chen, Tengfei Liang, Qiang Zhang, Zhongli Fan, Hang Yin, Kuo-wei Huang, Xixiang Zhang, Zhiping Lai and Ping Shen, High-flux water desalination with interfacial salt sieving effect in nanoporous carbon composite membranes, Nat. Nanotechnol., 13, 345-350 (2018). 

Z. K. Tang, Lingyun Zhang, N. Wang, X. X. Zhang, G. H. Wen, G. D. Li, J. N. Wang, C. T. Chan and Ping Shen, Superconductivity in 4 Angstrom Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, Science, 292, 2462-2465 (2001). 

Zhengyou Liu, Xixiang Zhang, Yiwei Mao, Y. Y. Zhu, Zhiyu Yang, C. T. Chan and Ping Shen, Locally Resonant Sonic Materials, Science, 289, 1734-1736 (2000).

Education

​​​Ph. D University of Barcelona, Spain, 1992

M. S. Tianjin University, China, 1986

B. S. Tianjin University, China, 1983​​

Professional Profile

​Jan. 2014 - Present, Division of Physical Science and Technology, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, 
                               Professor, Chair of MSE program (Jan. 2015 - Jun. 2017), Chair of MSE Faculty (Jun. 2017 - Present).

Aug. 2012 - Feb. 2014, Research and graduate education, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Director of 
                                   Core labs.

Sep. 2008 - Jun. 2013, Research and Development, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Manager of 
                                   Core labs: 1) Nanofabrication and Thin Films; 2) Imaging and Characterization.

Jul. 2008 - Nov. 2009, Department of Physics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Professor. 

Jul. 2002 - Jun. 2008, Department of Physics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Associate Professor.

Aug. 1997 - Jun. 2002, Department of Physics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Assistant Professor.

1995 - 1997, Department de Fisica Fonamental, University de Barcelona, Senior research scientist.

1994 - 1994, Department de Fisica Fonamental, University de Barcelona, Research scientist.

1993 -1993, Department de Fisica Fonamental, University de Barcelona, Research scientist: Fellowship Sabbatical from
                    "Ministry of Education and Sciences, Spain".

1991 -1992, Department de Fisica Fonamental, University de Barcelona, Research scientist: Fellowship from
                    "Ministry of Education and Sciences, Spain".

1988 - 1990, Department of Physics, Tianjin University, China, Lecturer. 

1986 - 1988, Department of Physics, Tianjin University, China, Teach assistant.

Awards

2016  Elected as the fellow of American Physical Society

2012  "Discovery and investigation of novel magnetocalo​ric effect materials, 2012-Z-108-2-03-R04", 
           State Natural Science Award (second class)

2011 "Discovery and mechanism of LaFeSi based magnetocaloric materials, No. 905-2010-001"
          First Prize of Beijing City in Science and Technology

2007  Distinguished Young Scientist Award (B type) NSF China

1995  Extraordinary Prize for the doctoral Thesis at University de Barcelona

1991  "Experimental observation of quantum tunneling of magnetization" was awarded with one 
          million pesetas by "Fundacion Domingo Martinez"

1990  "Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Media and 3.5 Inch Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Disk"
          appraised by Ministry of Science and Technology of China

1987  "Multiple-function Sputtering Apparatus" second prize of progress of of Science and Technology 
          awarded by Ministry of Education of China 

1986  "Multiple-function Sputtering Apparatus"​ 2nd National Invention Exhibition with Siver Metal
          awarded by National Invention Society of China

KAUST Affiliations

​Material Science and Engineering 
Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering