Skip to main content

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 National Laboratory. She has expertise in thin film deposition, nanomaterials synthesis, and hybrid small-scale devices development. Her research interests include nanofibers and nanocomposites used for solid state batteries, high temperature fuel cells, bio and chemical sensors, and RF devices. Yuepeng leads the effort on electrospinning and printed electronic devices. 

  • Education
    • PhD, MS, Materials Science & Engineering, McMaster University, Canada
    • BE, Metallurgy, University of Science & Technology Beijing, China
  • Experience
    • 2019-present: Principal Materials Scientist, Applied Materials Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL, USA
    • 2017-2019: 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, NEXTFLEX
    • 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
    • Selectee of Argonne Cohort 3 Launchpad Program, 2019
    • 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
    • Method and System for Preparation of a Nanowire Composite based on Electroplating”, Patent application filed, 2019
    • Magnetic Multilayer Nanowires Used for Self-biased non-reciprocal RF Device Applications”, IN-18-106, Argonne National Laboratory, 2019
    • Method of Creating and Protecting Magnetic Nanomaterials and thereafter Retaining their Magnetic Properties”, IN-18-119, Argonne National Laboratory, 2018
    • RF Cured Nanocomposite Adhesives for Multi-material Joining Applications”, IN-18-133, Argonne National Laboratory, 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. Cui, Y. Zhang, L. Witkowski, et al., Monolithic Integration of Self-Biased C-Band Circulator on SiC Substrate for GaN MMIC Applications”, August 2019 highlight, IEEE Electron Device Letters, vol. 40, (2019) 1249-1252.
    • Y. Zhang, A. Kalitsov, J. Ciston, et al., Microstructure and magnetic properties of ultrathin FePt granular films”, featured article & cover page, AIP Advances 8, (2018) 125018.
    • 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, 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.