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Professor Hui Zhao

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

University of Kansas



Hui Zhao is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas, USA. He received his BS degree in applied physics in 1994, his MS degree in optics in 1997, and his PhD in physics in 2000, all from Beijing Jiaotong University, China. His graduate studies were on Monte Carlo simulation of high-field electronic transport in wide-gap semiconductors, under the supervision of Professors Yongsheng Wang and Xurong Xu.

Between 2000 and 2003, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the research group of Professor Heinz Kart at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, where he switched to experimental condensed matter physics, focusing on laser spectroscopy of excitonic dynamics in semiconductor quantum wells. In 2003, he joined Professor Arthur Smirl’s group at the University of Iowa, USA, and studied coherent control of ballistic charge and spin currents in semiconductors.

Hui joined the University of Kansas in 2007 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to an Associate Professor with tenure in 2012. He became a Full Professor in 2017. He leads an ultrafast laser lab, working on the optical spectroscopy of nanoscale materials that have potential applications in electronics, optoelectronics, and photonics.

In recent years, he has focused on ultrafast laser spectroscopy of two-dimensional materials, and contributed to some early studies of time-resolved spectroscopy of ultrafast electronic dynamics in two-dimensional materials, nonlinear optical properties of two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides, and ultrafast charge and energy transfer in van der Waals heterostructures. He has published more than 100 papers, with more than 3000 citations and an H-index of 33. He received an CAREER Award from the US National Science Foundation in 2010.