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Yuepeng Zhang

Principal Materials Scientist

Has been focusing on the development of functional nanomaterials and small-scale hybrid devices


Yuepeng Zhang is a materials scientist at the Applied Materials Division of Argonne. She has expertise in thin films and nanostructures synthesis and development, as well as hybrid small-scale devices development.  Her research interests include nanofibers and nanocomposites for solid state electrolyte, high temperature fuel cell, miniaturized sensor, and RF device applications, nanofabrication, and hybrid device engineering. 

  • Education
    • PhD, MS, Materials Science & Engineering, McMaster University, Canada
    • BE, Metallurgy, University of Science & Technology Beijing, China
  • Experience
    • 2017-present: Materials Scientist, Applied Materials Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL, USA
    • 2016-2017: Principal Engineer, Western Digital Corporation, San Jose, CA, USA
    • 2014-2016: Senior Staff Engineer, Western Digital Corporation, San Jose, CA, USA
    • 2012-2014: Post-doc scholar, Materials Science Division & Energy System Division, Argonne National Lab
    • 2010-2012: Post-doc scholar, Micro- and NanoMagnetism Group, Institute Neel - CNRS, Grenoble, France
  • Professional Activities
    • Member, IEEE Magnetic Society
    • Member, Materials Research Society (MRS)
    • Member, Microscopy Society of America (MSA)
    • Conference publication chair, IEEE Magnetic Recording Conference (TMRC) 2018, 2019
    • Vice program chair, IEEE Magnetic Society, Santa Clara Valley (SCV) Chapter, 2016
    • Secretary, IEEE Magnetic Society, Santa Clara Valley (SCV) Chapter, 2015
  • Honors & Awards
    • R&D 100, 2018
    • Best Poster award, Government Microcircuit Applications & Critical Technology (GOMACTech) conference, 2018
    • DOE Energy I-Corps Cohort 8, 2018
    • Innovation Award, Western Digital, 2016
    • Excellence in Reviewing, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 2013
    • Excellent Graduate Award, University of Science & Technology Beijing, 1998
    • Honor of Excellent Student & First-rank Merit-based Scholarships, University of Science & Technology Beijing, 1995, 1996, 1997
  • Patent & Invention Disclosure
    • Development of Self-Biased Miniaturized Nanowire-based Magnetic Components for Passive RF Applications”, IN-18-125, Argonne National Laboratory, 2019
    • Magnetic Multilayer Nanowires Used for Self-biased non-reciprocal RF Device Applications”, IN-18-106, Argonne National Laboratory, 2019
    • RF Cured Nanocomposite Adhesives for Multi-material Joining Applications”, IN-18-133, 2018
    • Novel Permanent Magnet Design to Enable Higher Magnetic Flux Density”, US patent, Pub. No.: US2019/0068008 A1, 2017
    • Magnetic Perovskite Nanofibers as Efficient and Recyclable Catalysts for Water Disinfection”, IN-17-168, Argonne National Laboratory, 2017
  • Selected Publications
    • Y. Zhang, A. Kalitsov, J. Ciston, et al., Microstructure and magnetic properties of ultrathin FePt granular films”, featured article & cover page, AIP Advances 8, 125018 (2018).
    • Y. Zhang, J. Lovseth, L. Witkowski, Y. Xie, M. Ahmed, S. Oster, J. Khoja, K. Gao, A 1 GHz Self-Biased Magnetic Nanorods Based Circulator for Simultaneous Transmit and Receive Radios”, GOMACTech 2018, pp 41-27, USA (2018).
    • N.M. Dempsey, T.G. Woodcock, H. Sepehri-Amin, Y. Zhang, H. Kennedy, et al., High-coercivity Nd–Fe–B thick films without heavy rare earth additions”, Acta Materialia 61 (2013) 4920.
    • Y. Zhang, N.M. Dempsey, D. Givord, The influence of buffer/capping-layer-mediated stress on the coercivity of NdFeB films”, Acta Materialia 60 (2012) 3783.
    • T.G. Woodcock, Y. Zhang, G. Hrkac, N.M. Dempsey, T. Schrefl, O. Gutfleisch, D. Givord,  Understanding the microstructure and coercivity of high performance NdFeB-based magnets”, Scripta Materialia 67 (2012) 536.
    • V.M.T.S. Barthem, A. Rogalev, F. Wilhem, M.M. Sant’Anna, S.L.A. Mello, Y. Zhang, P. Bayle-Guillemaud, D. Givord, Spin fluctuations of paramagnetic Rh nanoclusters revealed by XMCD”, Physical Review Letters 109 (2012) 197204.
    • Y. Zhang, R.A. Hughes, J.F. Britten, P.A. Dube, J.S. Preston, G.A. Botton, M. Niewczas, Magnetocaloric effect in Ni-Mn-Ga thin films under concurrent magnetostructural and Curie transitions”, Journal of Applied Physics 110 (2011) 013910.
    • Y. Zhang, R.A. Hughes, J.F. Britten, J.S. Preston, G.A. Botton, M. Niewczas, Self-Activated reversibility in the magnetically induced reorientation of martensitic variants in ferromagnetic Ni-Mn-Ga films”, Physical Review B 81 (2010) 054406.
    • Y. Zhang, R.A. Hughes, J.F. Britten, W. Gong, J.S. Preston, et​.al., Epitaxial Ni-Mn-Ga films derived through high temperature in situ depositions”, Smart Materials and Structures 18 (2009) 025019.