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Cui-zu Chang: Sloan Fellow

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Congratulations to Cui-zu Chang, Assistant Professor of Physics, on his selection as a 2018 Sloan Fellow!

Dr. Chang has pioneered the experimental discovery of new 'topological materials' that allow robust motion of electrons along their boundaries (such as surfaces) rather than in their interior. In 2013, he experimentally demonstrated the quantum anomalous Hall effect in a magnetically doped topological insulator film. This discovery is an example of a general principle first theoretically formulated by Nobel Prize winner Duncan Haldane; Dr. Chang's data are prominently shown in the scientific background of Haldane's 2016 Nobel Prize.

Dr. Chang's other honors include the Young Scientist Prize from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics in 2017, and the Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award in 2013. He has published more than 50 scientific papers in journals including Science, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Physics, Nature Communications, and Physical Review Letters. 

Before joining the faculty at Penn State, Chang was a postdoctoral associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned a doctoral degree in condensed matter physics at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, in 2013 and a bachelor's degree in optical engineering at Shandong University in Jinan, China, in 2007.