Zhi-Feng Huang

Zhi-Feng Huang

Associate Professor

(313) 577-2791

(313) 577-3932 (fax)


356 Physics



Zhi-Feng Huang

Research Interest/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 biophysics: Nonlinear dynamics of acute cell injury and brain ischemia

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • 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

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).
Z.-F. Huang and K. R. Elder, "Morphological instability, evolution, and scaling in strained epitaxial films: An amplitude-equation analysis of the phase-field-crystal model", Phys. Rev. B 81, 165421 (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).

Currently Teaching

  • PHY 4700 Introduction to Biomedical Physics

Courses taught

PHY 7500 Statistical Mechanics
PHY 6410 Quantum Physics II
PHY 6400 Quantum Physics I
PHY 3700 Mathematics for Biomedical Physics
PHY 2180/2185 General Physics II (calculus-based)
PHY 2170/2175 General Physics I (calculus-based)
PHY 2130 General Physics I (algebra-based)