Yuanyuan 'Alvin' Zhou joined Brown University as Assistant Professor (Research) of Engineering in July 2016. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering from Brown University, with the Oustanding Thesis Award, in June 2016. He holds B.S. & M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. He have also earned M.S. in Chemistry from Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, with the highest honor. During his Ph.D. career, Dr. Zhou has performed research as Intern in National Renewable Energy Laboratory from 2014 to 2016. His research has been funded by NSF, ONR, DURIP, and Brown internal grants. Dr. Zhou has published 68 SCI papers (49 as the first/corresponding authors) and filed 5 US patents with >3000 Google citations and 28 h-index. Dr. Zhou has recently performed active research in the emerging field of perovskite optoelectronics, and served as Organizer of the influential MRS and Pacifichem Meeting perovskite-focused symposia for 4 times.
Dr. Zhou's research focus on probing microstructure-property-performance relationships of new-generation functional inorganic materials (halide perovskites and beyond) for energy and quantum applications. The interesting science topics include, but are not limited to, synthesis/processing, grain-boundary phenomena, nanoscience, electronic/optical/ionic/mechanical properties, and emerging quantum behaviors.
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He is also interested in employing high-spatiotemporal-resolution characterization (e.g. microscopy, synchrotron) for gaining insights into materials and devices dynamics.
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Selected Honors and Awards
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