Dr. Zhou Yan obtained his bachelor degree in University of Science and Technology of China in 2003 and PhD degree from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Sweden) in 2009. He mainly works on next-generation spintronics devices including spintronic oscillator, Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory, and magnetic skyrmions for information processing and storage application. Dr. Zhou has published more than 150 papers including 1 Proceedings of the IEEE, 1 Physical Review Letters, 1 Nature Physics, 2 Nature Electronics, 1 National Science Review, 6 Nature Communications, 1 NPG Asia Materials, 1 Advanced Materials and 2 Nano Letters. His GoogleScholar citation is ~5000. He is principle investigator (PI) of two NSFC-general program, 1 NSFC International Cooperation and Exchange program, Shenzhen peacock group program etc. Dr. Zhou received the awards of “China outstanding PhD student abroad”, “Thousand Talents award (Youth)” and “Top 100 citation Badge by Scientific Reports”. His work has been reported by, Science daily, IEEE Spectrum, Storage Newsletter etc. Prof. Zhou is a senior member of IEEE and editorial board member of Scientific Reports, Editorial review board member of IEEE Magnetics Letters. He is reviewer of Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Science Advances, Nano Letters, Physical Review X, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, Applied Physics Letters and IEEE Transactions on Electronic Devices etc. In addition to conducting cutting-edge research, he is devoted to high-quality teaching. He was awarded the first “Presidential Exemplary Teaching Award” in CUHKSZ in 2018.

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Research areas:

·        Magnetic skyrmions, Spin waves, Magnetic sensors

·        Magnetic Memory and Sensors

·        Spintronics experiment and micromagnetic simulations

·        Energy harvesting of nanoscale materials

Awards and Honors
  • 2015
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    2015 Thousand Talent program (Youth)

Academic Publications

Publications (Selected)


1)     “Current-induced dynamics and chaos of antiferromagnetic bimerons”

L. Shen, J. Xia, X. Zhang, M. Ezawa, O. A. Tretiakov, X. Liu, G. Zhao, and Yan Zhou*

Physical Review Letters, 124, 037202 (2020).

Highlighted by etc.


2)     “Magnetic skyrmions: intriguing physics and new spintronic device concepts”

Yan Zhou*

National Science Review, vol. 6, No. 2, pp 210-212 (2019).  doi:10.1093/nsr/nwy109 


3)      “A reversible conversion between a skyrmion and a domain-wall pair in junction geometry”

Yan Zhou* and M. Ezawa

Nature Communications, 5, 4652, (2014).

Our proposed theory in this paper has been experimentally confirmed in Science, Vol. 349, pp. 283-286, 17 July 2015

Selected as “Highly cited paper” by Web of Science

Web of Science “Highly cited paper”


4)     “Dynamically stabilized magnetic skyrmions”,

Yan Zhou, E. Iacocca, A. Awad, R. K. Dumas, F. C. Zhang, H. B. Braun, and J. ?kerman

Nature Communications, 6, 8193, (2015).

Highlighted by, Science daily, IEEE Spectrum, Storage Newsletter, alphagalileo etc.

Web of Science “Highly cited paper”


5)     “Magnetic bilayer skyrmion without topological hall effect”,

X. C. Zhang, Yan Zhou*, M. Ezawa

Nature Communications, 7, 10293 (2016).

Featured Article in

Web of Science “Highly cited paper”


6)     “Skyrmion dynamics in a frustrated ferromagnetic film and current-induced helicity locking-unlocking


Xichao Zhang, Jing Xia, Yan Zhou*, Xiaoxi Liu, Han Zhang, and Motohiko Ezawa

Nature Communications, 8, 1717, (2017)


7)     “Fibre Optics for Spin Waves”,

X. J. Xing and Yan Zhou*

NPG Asia Materials, 8, e246 (2016).  doi:10.1038/am.2016.25


8)     “Skyrmion-Based Dynamic Magnonic Crystal”,

F. Ma, Yan Zhou*, H. B. Braun, and W. S. Lew

Nano Letters, 15, 4029, (2015).

Web of Science “Highly cited paper”


9)     “Current-Induced Helicity Reversal of a Single Skyrmionic Bubble Chain in a Nanostructured Frustrated Magnet”

Zhipeng Hou, Qiang Zhang, Xichao Zhang, Guizhou Xu, Jing Xia, Bei Ding, Hang Li, Senfu Zhang, Nitin M Batra, Pedro MF Costa, Enke Liu, Guangheng Wu, Motohiko Ezawa, Xiaoxi Liu, Yan Zhou*, Xixiang Zhang*, and Wenhong Wang* (*co-correspondence authors)

Advanced Materials, 1904815(1-8) (2019).


10)   “Direct Observation of the Skyrmion Hall Effect

W. Jiang+, X. C. Zhang+, Guoqiang Yu, Wei Zhang, M. Benjamin Jungfleisch, John E. Pearson, Olle Heinonen, Kang L. Wang, Yan Zhou, Axel Hoffmann, Suzanne G. E. te Velthuis

Nature Physics, 13, 162–169 (2017)

*My student X. C. Zhang is co-first author.  *Leading contribution in the theory part.

Web of Science “Highly cited paper”


11)  “Skyrmion-Electronics: An Overview and Outlook”

Wang Kang, Yangqi Huang, Xichao Zhang, Yan Zhou*, and Weisheng Zhao

Proceedings of the IEEE, 104, 2040 (2016).

Web of Science “Highly cited paper”


12)  “Negative capacitance transistors with monolayer black phosphorus”

Fei Liu, Yan Zhou*, Yijiao Wang, Xiaoyan Liu, Jian Wang, Hong Guo

npj Quantum Materials 1, 16004 (2016).  doi:10.1038/npjquantmats.2016.4

Highlighted by Nature 自然科研


13)    “Creation and directional motion of chiral spin textures induced by electric fields”

Chuang Ma, Xichao Zhang, Yusei Yamada, Jing Xia, Motohiko Ezawa, Wanjun Jiang, Yan Zhou*, Akimitsu Morisako and Xiaoxi Liu* (*co-correspondence authors)

Nano Letters, 19 (1), 353-361, (2019).


14)  “Numerical Demonstration of Multi-functional MRAM Cell Based on Inertial Magnetic Switching”

Xiaoguang Li and Yan Zhou*,   International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM), (2018).


15)  “Magnetic skyrmion logic gates: conversion, duplication and merging of skyrmions”,

X. C. Zhang, M. Ezawa, and Yan Zhou*

Scientific Reports, 5, 9400, (2015).

Cited more than 300 times within three years.

Ranked top 100 high citation paper amongst ~ 11,000 papers published in Sci. Rep. in 2015

Web of Science “Highly cited paper”

received enough citations to place in the top 0.1% of papers in the field of Physics by web of science


16)  “Deterministic creation and deletion of a single magnetic skyrmion observed by direct time-resolved X-ray microscopy”

Seonghoon Woo (Co-first author), Kyung Mee Song (Co-first author), Xichao Zhang (Co-first author), Motohiko Ezawa, Yan Zhou, Xiaoxi Liu, Markus Weigand, Jun Woo Choi, Byoung-Chul Min, Hyun Cheol Koo, Joonyeon Chang

Nature Electronics, 1, 288-296, (2018)

Selected as Cover of the May issue of Nature Electronics

Highlighted by “News and Views” of Nature Electronics

Highlighted by Physics Today:


17)  “A compact skyrmionic leaky-integrate-fire spiking neuron device”

Xing Chen, Wang Kang, Daoqian Zhu, Xichao Zhang, Na Lei, Youguang Zhang, Yan Zhou and Weisheng Zhao

Nanoscale, 10, 6139, (2018) DOI:10.1039/C7NR09722K


18)   “Current-driven dynamics and inhibition of the skyrmion Hall effect of ferrimagnetic skyrmions in GdFeCo films”

Seonghoon Woo, Kyung Mee Song, Xichao Zhang, Yan Zhou, Motohiko Ezawa, S. Finizio, J. Raabe, Jun Woo Choi, Byoung-Chul Min, Hyun Cheol Koo, Joonyeon Chang

Nature Communications, 9, 959, (2018).

Web of Science “Highly cited paper”


19)  “Direct imaging of an inhomogeneous electric current distribution using the trajectory of magnetic half-skyrmions”

Senfu Zhang, Xichao Zhang, Junwei Zhang, Arnab Ganguly, Jing Xia, Yan Wen, Qiang Zhang, Guoqiang Yu, Zhipeng Hou, Wenhong Wang, Yong Peng, Gang Xiao, Aurelien Manchon, Jürgen Kosel, Yan Zhou and Xixiang Zhang

Science Advances, 6, eaay1876 (2020).


20)  “Magnetic skyrmion artificial synapse for neuromorphic computing”

Kyung Mee Song, Jae-Seung Jeong, Biao Pan, Xichao Zhang, Jing Xia, Sunkyung Cha, Tae-Eon Park, Kwangsu Kim, Simone Finizio, J?rg Raabe, Joonyeon Chang, Yan Zhou, Weisheng Zhao, Wang Kang, Hyunsu Ju, Seonghoon Woo Nature Electronics (2020).