Zhi-Feng Huang

Zhi-Feng Huang



356 Physics



Zhi-Feng Huang

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Computational and theoretical 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 and modeling of active matter and biological physics


  • 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

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).

Courses taught by Zhi-Feng Huang

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022