Zhi-Feng Huang

Zhi-Feng Huang


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356 Physics



Zhi-Feng Huang

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Theoretical condensed matter physics and materials modeling
  • Multiple-scale methods for modeling nonequilibrium soft and solid complex systems; Applications to materials growth, nanostructures formation and dynamics, and topological defects
  • Theoretical biological physics: Nonlinear dynamics of acute cell injury and brain ischemia


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

Awards and grants

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2009

  • WSU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, 2009

  • WSU Career Development Chair Award, 2014

Selected publications

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).
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).
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).
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).

Courses taught

PHY 3700 Mathematics for Biomedical Physics
PHY 4700 Introduction to Biomedical Physics
PHY 6400 Quantum Physics I
PHY 6410 Quantum Physics II
PHY 7500 Statistical Mechanics