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Professor Shuyun Zhou received the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science China fellowship

Professor Shuyun Zhou received the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science China fellowship


The award ceremony of the 13th L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science China fellowship was held on February 28 in Beijing. Prof. Shuyun Zhou from the Physics Department of Tsinghua University has been selected as one of the ten award winners for her contributions to the electronic structure of novel two-dimensional materials and heterostrctures.

Shuyun received her Bachelor of Science from Tsinghua University in 2002. She obtained her Ph.D. in Physics from University of California, Berkeley in 2007. She was a postdoc fellow and then a project scientist of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. After staying at Berkeley for almost ten years, she returned to Tsinghua University and joined the Physics Department as a faculty in 2012. Her research focuses on understanding the underlying physics behind intriguing low dimensional materials by revealing the electronic structure of low dimensional quantum materials using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. She was among the first few researchers to investigate the Dirac cones and band gap opening in graphene. Her group in Tsinghua focuses on novel two-dimensional materials and van der Waals heterostructures formed by staking different layer materials, both of which hold promise for electronics applications. In the past few years, her research group has made important progress in the experimental realization of type-II Weyl semimetal, as well as the band structure engieering of van der Waals heterostructures.

The L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science program was jointly initiated by All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF), China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO and L’Oréal China in 2004. The award aims to improve the position of women in science by recognizing outstanding women researchers who have contributed to scientific progress. Each year, ten women scientists working in fundamental science and life sciences are selected. In the past 13 years, this fellowship has been awarded to 115 women. In order to further foster next generation young women scientists, this year 5 women Ph.D. students and postdocs are selected for “Future Women Scientist” fellowship, and Ruixue Wan from the School of Life Sciences at Tsinghua University is one of the five recipients.