Low-Dimensional Transport Research Unit

Principal Investigator

PI Name Ding Zhang
Degree Ph.D.
Title Unit Leader
Brief Resume
2014PhD in physics, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany
2014PhD in physics, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
2014Post-doctor, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
2016Assistant Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
2018Associate Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (-present)
2021Unit Leader, Low-Dimensional Transport Research Unit, Cross-Divisional Materials Research Program, RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (-present)


Our research unit studies a variety of low-dimensional electronic systems that undergo Cooper pairing. We aim at addressing some of the basic properties such as the pairing mechanism and the pairing symmetry. Furthermore, we look for novel quantum phenomena in reduced dimensions under specially designed conditions. The experimental knobs include stacking van der Waals heterostructures, injecting lithium/hydrogen ions, varying the magnetic field orientations at ultralow temperatures, and ramping up the magnetic field to an extremely high value. By collaborating closely with experimental and theoretical experts in the field, we hope to gain a comprehensive understanding of those exotic phenomena.

Research Fields



Condensed matter physics
High-temperature superconductor
Josephson effect
Low dimensional superconductors
Van der Waals epitaxy




Illustration of the stanene lattice with Ising-like Cooper pairs. The background shows the corresponding band structure. Upper right shows the element information of Sn.


Ding Zhang

Unit Leader ding.zhang[at]riken.jp


  1. J. Falson, Y. Xu, M. Liao, Y. Zang, K. Zhu, C. Wang, Z. Zhang, H. Liu, W. Duan, K. He, H. Liu, J. H. Smet, D. Zhang, and Q.-K. Xue

    Type-II Ising pairing in few-layer stanene

    Science 367, 1454 (2020)
  2. M. Liao, Y. Zang, Z. Guan, H. Li, Y. Gong, K. Zhu, X.-P. Hu, D. Zhang, Y. Xu, Y.-Y. Wang, K. He, X.-C. Ma, S.-C. Zhang, and Q.-K. Xue

    Superconductivity in few-layer stanene

    Nat. Phys. 14, 344 (2018)