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HAN Yilong 韓一龍
PhD, University of Chicago
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Professor Yilong Han obtained his BS degree (1998) from the Peking University (Beijing University) and PhD degree (2003) from the University of Chicago. He was a postdoc fellow (2004-2007) at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Physics department of HKUST in 2007. He received the School of Science Research Award in (2012), the OCPA Achievement in Asia Award (2014), the second prize of Natural Science Awards from Ministry of Education in China (2014), and 14th Chinese Young Scientist Award (2016).

Professor Han’s main research interests include soft condensed matter physics focus on structures, interactions and dynamics in colloids, using video microscopy to study phase transitions such as crystal melting, freezing, solid-solid transitions and glass transitions in colloidal model systems. Other research interests include granular materials and statistical physics focus on complex-network analysis of phase-space structures of spin systems.


Research Areas
Soft Matter Physics, Statistical Physics
Representative Publications
  • "Diffusive and martensitic nucleation kinetics in solid-solid transitions of colloidal crystals", Yi Peng, Wei Li, Feng Wang, Tim Still, Arjun G. Yodh and Yilong Han, Nature Communications, 8, 14978 (2017) 
  • "Modes of surface premelting in attractive colloidal crystals", Bo Li, Feng Wang, Di Zhou, Yi Peng, Ran Ni, and Yilong Han, Nature, 531, 485 (2016). 
  • Assembly and phase transitions within colloidal crystals, Bo Li, Di Zhou and Yilong Han*,  Nature Reviews Materials, 1, 15011 (2016) arxiv:1603.05021 
  • "Two-step nucleation mechanisms in solid-solid phase transitions", Yi Peng, Feng Wang, Ziren Wang, Ahemd Alsayed, Zexin Zhang, Arjun Yodh and Yilong Han, Nature Materials, 14, 101 (2015). 
  • "Imaging the homogenous nucleation during the melting of superheated colloidal crystals", Z.-R. Wang, F. Wang, Y. Peng, Z. Zheng, and Y. Han, Science 338, 87 (2012).
  • "Glass transitions in quasi-two-dimensional suspensions of colloidal ellipsoids", Z. Zheng, F. Wang and Y. Han, Physical Review Letters 107, 065702 (2011). 
  • "Phase-space networks of geometrically frustrated systems", Y. Han, Physical Review E 80, 051102, (2009).
  • "Geometrical frustration in buckled monolayers of spheres", Y. Han, Y. Shokef, A.M. Alsayed, P. Yunker, T.C. Lubensky and A.G. Yodh, Nature 456, 898 (2008).
  • "Brownian motion of an ellipsoid", Y. Han, A.M. Alsayed, M. Nobili, J. Zhang, T.C. Lubensky, and A.G. Yodh, Science 314, 626-630 (2006).
  • Vortex rings in a constant electric field, Y. Han and D. G. Grier  Nature 424, 267-268 (2003); erratum Nature 424, 510 (2003)


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