We are a new laboratory studying quantum materials in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland. We study the fundamental physics of quantum materials and develop devices for next-generation information and energy technologies. We are always looking for passionate researchers to join our team.


Aug. 2021: Our recent results on electron crystals are discussed in the Quanta Magazine.

Aug. 2021: Our recent results on temperature-independent thermal emission are highlighted by the Department of Energy.

Jun. 2021: Our paper on the observation of bilayer Wigner crystals and their quantum melting in an atomically thin heterostructure was published in Nature.

Jan. 2021: Our arXiv preprint reporting Wigner crystals in 2D materials was recommended with a commentary by Prof. Thierry Giamarchi, University of Geneva in the Journal Club of Condensed Matter Physics.

Nov. 2020: We organized a virtual mini-symposium on Correlated Insulating States in Two Dimensions at the Institute for Theoretical Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics at Harvard. Many exciting talks! Youtube links here.

Jun. 2020: Our paper on controlling the valley degree of freedom of excitons in twisted WSe2/WSe2 bilayers appeared in Phys. Rev. Lett. and was highlighted in Nature Reviews Materials.

Jan. 2020: Our paper on tuning the radiative lifetime of excitons in a MoSe2 monolayer was published in Phys. Rev. Lett. and was selected as Editor's suggestion. Find out more in Research Highlights.

Aug. 2019: Dr. Zhou gave an invited talk at Fundamental Optical Processes in Semiconductors (FOPS 2019). Many inspiring talks and great discussions!


We are seeking passionate and talented scholars who want to create stuff and explore new scientific frontiers. Our lab members learn and gain experience in materials synthesis, nano-fabrication, electronics, optics, and even computer programming. If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact me at youzhou[at]umd.edu to discuss opportunities.

We welcome researchers at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, or postdoc). No specific prior experience required.


University of Maryland

8228 Paint Branch Dr, KEB 2246

College Park, MD 20742