# Zhi-Feng Huang

# Zhi-Feng Huang

## Research interest(s)/area of expertise

- Theoretical and computational condensed matter physics
- Multiple-scale modeling of structures and dynamics in solid and soft spatiotemporal complex systems; Applications to the study of materials evolution and growth, system elasticity, plasticity, and topological defects, and nonequilibrium phenomena in nanostructure and pattern formation
- Theory, modeling, and simulation of active matter and biological systems

## Education

- B.Sc. Physics, Tsinghua University, China
- Ph.D. Physics, Tsinghua University, China

## Awards and grants

- Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2024
- WSU Career Development Chair Award, 2014
- WSU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, 2009
- National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2009

## Selected publications

K. R. Elder, Z.-F. Huang, and T. Ala-Nissila, "Influence of dislocations in multilayer graphene stacks: A phase field crystal study", Phys. Rev. Mater. **8**, 104003 (2024).

S. K. Mkhonta, Z.-F. Huang, and K. R. Elder, "Liquid-substrate fluctuation effects on crystal growth and disordered hyperuniformity of two-dimensional materials", Phys. Rev. Mater. **8**, 104002 (2024).

K. R. Elder, Z.-F. Huang, and T. Ala-Nissila, "Moiré patterns and inversion boundaries in graphene/hexagonal boron nitride bilayers", Phys. Rev. Materials **7**, 024003 (2023).

Z.-F. Huang, H. Löwen, and A. Voigt, “Defect dynamics in active smectics induced by confining geometry and topology”, Commun. Phys. **5**, 294 (2022).

B. Waters and Z.-F. Huang, "Grain rotation and coupled grain boundary motion in two-dimensional binary hexagonal materials", Acta Mater. **225**, 117583 (2022).

M. Salvalaglio, A. Voigt, Z.-F. Huang, and K. R. Elder, "Mesoscale defect motion in binary systems: Effects of compositional strain and Cottrell atmospheres", Phys. Rev. Lett. **126**, 185502 (2021).

Z.-F. Huang, A. M. Menzel, and H. Löwen, "Dynamical crystallites of active chiral particles", Phys. Rev. Lett. **125**, 218002 (2020).

D. Taha, S. R. Dlamini, S. K. Mkhonta, K. R. Elder, and Z.-F. Huang, "Phase ordering, transformation, and grain growth of two-dimensional binary colloidal crystals: A phase field crystal modeling", Phys. Rev. Mater. **3**, 095603 (2019).

Z.-L. Wang, Z. R. Liu, and Z.-F. Huang, "Angle-adjustable density field formulation for the modeling of crystalline microstructure", Phys. Rev. B **97**, 180102(R) (2018).

D. Taha, S. K. Mkhonta, K. R. Elder, and Z.-F. Huang, "Grain boundary structures and collective dynamics of inversion domains in binary two-dimensional materials", Phys. Rev. Lett. **118**, 255501 (2017).

S. K. Mkhonta, K. R. Elder, and Z.-F. Huang, "Emergence of chirality from isotropic interactions of three length scales", Phys. Rev. Lett. **116**, 205502 (2016).

Z.-F. Huang, "Scaling of alloy interfacial properties under compositional strain", Phys. Rev. E **93**, 022803 (2016).

R. Mukherjee, Z.-F. Huang, and B. Nadgorny, "Multiple percolation tunneling staircase in metal-semiconductor nanoparticle composites", Appl. Phys. Lett. **105**, 173104 (2014).

S. K. Mkhonta, K. R. Elder, and Z.-F. Huang, "Exploring the complex world of two-dimensional ordering with three modes", Phys. Rev. Lett. **111**, 035501 (2013).

Z.-F. Huang, "Scale-coupling and interface-pinning effects in the phase-field-crystal model", Phys. Rev. E **87**, 012401 (2013).

D. J. DeGracia, Z.-F. Huang, and S. Huang, "A nonlinear dynamical theory of cell injury", J. Cereb. Blood Flow Metab. **32**, 1000 (2012).

X. D. Liu, R. P. Panguluri, Z.-F. Huang, and B. Nadgorny, "Double percolation transition in superconductor-ferromagnet nanocomposites", Phys. Rev. Lett. **104**, 035701 (2010).

Z.-F. Huang, K. R. Elder, and N. Provatas, "Phase-field-crystal dynamics for binary systems: Derivation from dynamical density functional theory, amplitude equation formalism, and applications to alloy heterostructures", Phys. Rev. E **82**, 021605 (2010).

K. R. Elder, Z.-F. Huang, and N. Provatas, "Amplitude expansion of the binary phase-field-crystal model", Phys. Rev. E **81**, 011602 (2010).

Z.-F. Huang and K. R. Elder, "Mesoscopic and microscopic modeling of island formation in strained film epitaxy", Phys. Rev. Lett. **101**, 158701 (2008).