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Lifa Zhang Professor

Academic Area: 
  • Quantum transport in low dimensions, carriers including electron, phonon, and magnon;
  • Fundamentary theories in phononics, and magnonics;
  • Phonon angular momentum and Chiral phonons: theory and applications;
  • Various bosonic Hall effects including phonon, magnon Hall effects;
  • Interfacial thermal transport, energy transport and conversion, heat dissipation.


  • 2007-2010,   Ph. D, Department of Physics, National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • 2001-2004,   M. Sc. in Theoretical Physics, Nanjing Normal University (NNU),  China
  • 1997-2001,   B. Sc. in Physics (Teacher Training),  NNU,   China.

Work Experience 

  • Jul.2015 - present,  Professor,  Department of Physics, NNU, Nanjing, China
  • Jan. 2013 – Jun.2015,  Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Dept. of Phys., the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA.
  • Sep. 2010 – Dec.2012,  Research Associate, in Department of Physics, NUS, Singapore.
  • Aug. 2008 – Aug. 2010, Teaching assistant, Department of Physics, NUS, Singapore.
  • Aug. 2004 -- Aug.2007, Lecturer, Nanjing Xiaozhuang University (NXU), China.  

Research Fundings 

  • Research Funding for 100 Talents Plan, Nanjing Normal University, ¥500,000,2016.02-2020.01
  • The study of phonon  angular momentum in 2D materials, NSFC 11574154 ¥728,000,2016.01-2019.12
  • Research Funding for Jiangsu Specially-Appointed Professors, Jiangsu Province, ¥1,000,000,2015.07-2018.06.


  • 2016, 100 Talents Plan, Nanjing Normal University, China
  • 2014, Jiangsu Specially-appointed Professorship, Jiangsu Province, China
  • 2012, Material Research Society of Singapore Metal
  • 2011, Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, China
  • 2011, Best Graduate Researcher Award, Faculty of Science, NUS.
  • 2010, Best Presentation Award, Department of Physics, NUS.  
  • 2006, Excellence in Teaching Award, NXU, China.

Professional Dutiese

  • Phonons 2018, Nanjing, China, Conference Chair.
  • The workshop on thermal transport 2016 (WTT2016), Nanjing, China, Conference Chair.
  • 2014 APS March Meeting, Denver, USA, Session Chair (Z8 Focus Session).
  • Member: American Physical Society (2011-present).
  • Referee Duties: (1) Phys. Rev. Lett.; (2) Phys. Rev. B/E ; (3) Physica. B/E.

List of Publications 

  1. T. Tsatsoulis, C. Illg, M. Haag, B. Y. Mueller, Lifa Zhang, and M. Fahnle,``Ultrafast demagnetization after femtosecond laser pulses: Transfer of angular momentum from the electronic system to magnetoelastic spin-phonon modes'' Phys.  Rev. B 93, 134411 (2016).
  2. Lifa Zhang and Qian Niu, ``Chiral Phonons at High-Symmetry Points in Monolayer Hexagonal Lattices,’’ Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 115502 (2015).
  3. Bo Chen and Lifa Zhang, ``Optimized couplers for interfacial thermal transport,’’ J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 27, 125401 (2015).
  4. X. Lu, L. Zhang, W.G. Morrel, C.-Q Wu, B. Li, ``Thermospin diode effect based on a quantum dot system,’’ Physics Letters A 378, 3638(2014).
  5. J. Cao, L. Zhang, S. Yan, X. Sun, ``Reflectionless design of optical elements using impedance- tunable coordinate transformation,’’ Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 191102 (2014).
  6. L. Zhang and Q. Niu, ``Angular Momentum of Phonons and Einstein-de Haas Effect,’’ Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 085503 (2014).
  7. L. Zhang, J. Ren, J.-S. Wang, and. B. Li, `` Topological Magnon Insulator in Insulating Ferromagnet,’’ Phys. Rev. B 87,144101 (2013).
  8. L. Zhang, J.-T. Lu, J.-S. Wang, and B. Li, `` Thermal transport across metal-insulator interface via electron-phonon interaction,’’ J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 25, 445801 (2013).
  9. L. Zhang, J. Thingna, D. He, J.-S. Wang and B. Li, ``Nonlinearity enhanced interfacial thermal conductance and rectification,’’ Europhysics. Lett. 103, 64002 (2013).
  10. L. Zhang, J. Ren, J.-S. Wang, and. B. Li, ``The phonon Hall effect: theory and application,’’ J. Phys.: Cond. Matt. 23, 305402 (2011).
  11. B. K. Agarwalla, L. Zhang, J.-S. Wang, and B. Li, ``Phonon Hall effect in ionic crystals in the presence of static magnetic field,'' Eur. Phys. J. B 81, 197 (2011).
  12. L. Zhang, P. Keblinski, J.-S. Wang, and B. Li, ``Interfacial thermal transport in atomic junctions,'' Phys. Rev. B 83, 064303 (2011).
  13. L. Zhang, J. Ren, J.-S. Wang, and B. Li, ``Topological nature of phonon Hall effect,'', Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 225901 (2010).
  14. L. Hu, L. Zhang, M. Hu, J.-S. Wang, B. Li, and P. Keblinski, ``Phonon interference at self-assembled monolayer interfaces: Molecular dynamics simulations,'' Phys. Rev. B 81, 235427 (2010).
  15. L. Zhang, J.-S. Wang, and B. Li, ``Ballistic thermal rectification in nanoscale three-terminal junctions,'' Phys. Rev. B 81, 100301(R) (2010).
  16. L. Zhang, J.-S. Wang, and B. Li, ``Phonon Hall effect in four-terminal junctions,'' New J. Phys. 11, 113038 (2009).
  17. L. Zhang, Y. Yan, C.-Q. Wu, J.-S. Wang, B. Li, ``Reversal of thermal rectification in quantum systems,'' Phys. Rev. B 80, 172301(2009).
  18. J.-S. Wang and L. Zhang, ``Phonon Hall thermal conductivity from Green-Kubo formula,'' Phys. Rev. B 80, 012301 (2009).
  19. L. Zhang, J.-S. Wang, and B. Li, ``Ballistic magneto-thermal transport in a Heisenberg spin chain at low temperatures,’’  Phys. Rev. B 78, 144416 (2008).
  20. L. Zhang and P. Tong, ``Entanglement of periodic anisotropic XY chains,’’  J. Phys. A: Math. Gen. 38, 7377–7388 (2005).
  21. L. Zhang and P. Tong, ``The finite-size effect on the entanglement of the quantum Ising Chain,’’ Int. J. Mod. Phys. B, Vol. 18, Nos. 17-19, 2564 (2004).