Zhenwei Yao(姚振威)


Distinguished Research Fellow

511b Pao Yue-Kong Library

Brief Introduction

Dr. Zhenwei Yao received his B.S. (2004) and M.S. (2007) degrees in Physics from Xi’an Jiaotong University, and his Ph.D. degree (2012) in Physics from Syracuse University in NY, where he pursued several subjects in soft matter physics with analytical approaches working with Prof. Mark Bowick and Prof. Xiangjun Xing. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow and later promoted to Research Associate at Northwestern University in Illinois from 2012 to 2015, where he worked with Prof. Monica Olvera de la Cruz on the subjects of topological defects, electrostatics, elasticity and geometry in soft matters, and developed computational skills in programming, data processing, as well as MC&MD simulations. In 2015, Dr. Yao was selected to the “Thousand Young Talents Program”, and joined the faculty of the Institute of Natural Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Dr. Yao has been actively publishing papers in scientific journals including PRL, PRE, APL, EPL, and PNAS, and has served regularly as a reviewer for PNAS, PRX, PRE, Soft Matter, etc.

Research Interests

Theoretical and computational soft condensed matter physics: topological defects in crystals, liquid crystals and active matters; elasticity and geometry; electrostatics in soft matters; liquid droplet systems.

Selected Publications

Topological Defects, Elasticity and Geometry

Electrostatics in Soft Matters

Liquid Droplet Systems