We are an experimental group studying quantum materials in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland. We investigate the fundamental properties of quantum materials and develop devices for next-generation information and energy technologies. We are always looking for passionate researchers to join our team. 


May 2024: Our collaborative paper on interlayer excitons is published in Physical Review Letters.

May 2024: Our collaborative paper on optical nonlinearity in van der Waals semiconductors is published in Nature Photonics.

Apr. 2024: You Zhou received the 2DM Young Scientist Award from the journal 2D Materials and IOP Publishing.

Apr. 2024: You Zhou is recognized at the 2024 Maryland Research Excellence Celebration.

2024 Maryland Research Excellence Celebration

Jun. 2023: You Zhou received the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Jun. 2023: You Zhou gave an invited talk at the 18th Optics of Excitons in Confined Systems (OECS 18) conference in Lecce, Italy.

May 2023: You Zhou received the Outstanding Young Scientist award from the Maryland Academy of Sciences and the Maryland Science Center.

Mar. 2023: You Zhou received the IUPAP Early Career Scientist Prize in Structure and Dynamics of Condensed Matter and gave an invited talk at the APS March Meeting.

Aug. 2022: You Zhou gave an invited talk at the 11th International Conference on Spontaneous Coherence in Excitonic systems (ICSCE-11).

Jun. 2022: You Zhou received the 2022 Department of Energy Early Career Award. Thanks to DOE for supporting our research!

Dec. 2021: You Zhou received the 2022 NSF CAREER award. Thanks to NSF for supporting our research!

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 You Zhou at youzhou[at]umd.edu to discuss opportunities.

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


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