ZhiFeng Huang
Professor
(313) 5772791
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356 Physics
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ZhiFeng Huang
Research interest(s)/area of expertise
 Theoretical condensed matter and materials physics
 Multiplescale modeling of solid and soft spatiotemporal complex systems; Applications to materials evolution and growth, structures and dynamics of topological defects, and nonequilibrium phenomena in pattern formation
 Active matter and biological physics
Education
 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 twodimensional 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 twodimensional binary colloidal crystals: A phase field crystal modeling", Phys. Rev. Mater. 3, 095603 (2019).
Z.L. Wang, Z. R. Liu, and Z.F. Huang, "Angleadjustable 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 twodimensional 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 metalsemiconductor nanoparticle composites", Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 173104 (2014).
S. K. Mkhonta, K. R. Elder, and Z.F. Huang, "Exploring the complex world of twodimensional ordering with three modes", Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 035501 (2013).
Z.F. Huang, "Scalecoupling and interfacepinning effects in the phasefieldcrystal 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 superconductorferromagnet nanocomposites", Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 035701 (2010).
Z.F. Huang, K. R. Elder, and N. Provatas, "Phasefieldcrystal 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 phasefieldcrystal 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 2130 Physics for Life Sciences I
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
PHY 7560 Advanced Condensed Matter Physics