Director: Anthony J. Leggett (Part-time)
Anthony J. Leggett was born in London, England. He attended Balliol College, Oxford where he majored in Literate Humaniores (classical languages and literature, philosophy and Greco-Roman history), and thereafter Merton College, Oxford where he took a second undergraduate degree in Physics. He completed a D.Phil.(Ph.D.) degree in theoretical physics under the supervision of D’ter Haar. After postdoctoral research in Urbana, Kyoto and elsewhere he joined the faculty of the University of Sussex (UK) in 1967, being promoted to Reader in 1971 and to Professor in 1978. In 1983 he became John D.. and Catherine T. Macarthur Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a position he currently holds. His principal research interests lie in the areas of condensed matter physics, particularly high-temperature superconductivity, and the foundations of quantum mechanics. Professor Leggett is a member of Royal Society (1980), American Philosophical Society (1991), American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1996), the National Academy of Sciences (1997), a foreign member of Russian Academy of Sciences (1999), a fellow of the Institute of Physics, American Physical Society, and an honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) (1999). Professor Leggett received numerous awards, including Maxwell Medal and Prize (Institute of Physics, UK), 1975, Fritz London Memorial Award, 1981, Simon Memorial Prize, 1981, Paul Dirac Medal and Prize (Institute of Physics, UK), 1992, John Bardeen Prize (with G.M. Eliashberg) (M2S), 1994, Eugene Feenberg Memorial Medal, 1999, Wolf Prize in Physics (with B.I. Halperin), 2003, and Nobel Prize in Physics (with A.A. Abrikosov and V.L. Ginzburg), 2003.

Executive Director:  Professor Hang Zheng

Title: Professor
Phone: +86-21-3420-3049
Address: Room 1011, Physics Building, Physics Department, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai, 200240
Research Interests:
(1) Quantum coherence and manipulation
(2) Physics of strongly correlated systems

Prof. Hang Zheng began his scientific research career as a PhD student of solid state physics by studying the photo-induced collective excitations in exciton-phonon interacting systems in 1982. He got an assistant professor position in the physics department of Shanghai Jiao Tong University after he completed his PhD thesis in 1985. Prof. Zheng continued his research in the area of electron-phonon interaction and, around 1987, proposed the squeezed-polaron method to treat the non-adiabaticity of the electron-phonon interaction. He visited Department of Physics, University of Grenoble I, France, as Professeur Invite Etranger in 1988 for four months and Institute for Molecular Science, Japan, as guest professor in 1990 for six months. Prof. Zheng spent two years (1991-1993) in Freie Universitaet Berlin as Alexander von Humboldt fellow, engaged in doing theoretical research on the mechanism of superconductivity in doped fullerenes and other electron-phonon systems. During 1994-2003, Prof. Zheng’s interest focused mainly on the effect of quantum and thermal lattice fluctuations on the quasi-one-dimensional systems, such as the charge-density-wave state and the spin-Peierls one, and the crossover behavior between large and small polarons in many-electron systems, such as the manganites exhibiting colossal magnetoresistance. Since 2004, Prof. Zheng has been studying the quantum physics in open environment and the quantum optics in solid state, especially the effect of the counter-rotating interaction between quantum systems and the environment (or the vacuum).  

Member: Professor Ping Ao (Adjunt)


 Address : Key Laboratory of Systems

  Biomedicine, Ministry of Education,

  Shanghai Center for Systems Biomedicine,

  Shanghai, 200240, China

 Office : Room C203,

  Systems Biomedicine Building

  Email : aoping AT


  • 1983, B.S. in physics, Peking University, Beijing, PR China;
  • 1985, M.A. in physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA;
  • 1990, Ph.D. in physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA; PhD supervisor: A.J. Leggett;
  • 1994, Postdoc. in physics, University of Washington, Seattle, USA; Supervisor: D.J. Thouless.

Employment History

  • 1994-2000 Department of Theoretical Physics, Umeå University, Umeå, SWEDEN;
  • 2000-2003 Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle, USA;
  • 2003 Visiting Associate Professor, Professor, Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, USA;
  • 2003-2009 Research Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, USA;
  • 2008-Present Professor, Shanghai Center for Systems Biomedicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.


Prof. Ping Ao's research is interdisciplinary, ranging from biology, to engineering and physics. Both dry and wet approaches have been employed.

  • In (systems) biology, his research consists of four major programs: cancer network dynamics, metabolism, evolutionary biology, and stochastic dynamics.
  • In physics, research on condensed matter physics and non-equilibrium physics is still active.

Recently, his group has been developing a new method on stochastic differential equations, and have solved two fundamental problems in evolutionary biology; found the first generic construction of Lyapunov function in whole state space; and formulated a cancer dynamical and a kinetic metabolic pathway frameworks.


Member: Professor Antonio Miguel Garcia Garcia
Address: 1205 Physics Building
Additional information:

Antonio is a theoretical physicist with research interests in low-dimensional superconductivity, mesoscopic physics and holographic dualities. He received his PhD in the State University of New York at Stony Brook under the supervision of Prof. Jac Verbaarschot. 


He has held research appointments in the University of Tokyo, Université Paris-Sud, and Princeton University (2004-2009). From 2009 to 2011 he was assistant professor in the University of Lisbon. From 2011 to 2017 he was a staff member, and EPSRC Career Acceleration fellow, in the Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University. 


He has over seventy publications, including recent papers in Nature Materials,  PRX and several Physical Review Letters, and over forty invitations to international conferences. In the last few years he has supervised three postdocs, three PhD students and eight master students. He has been the recipients of awards and grants from public research agencies and private foundations in UK, European Union, Portugal, Japan and Spain. He is a referee for leading research journals such Nature Physics and also funding agencies in Netherlands, Germany, Argentina and UK. He has active collaborations, and recent papers, with senior researchers in MIT, UC Santa Barbara, Harvard University, RIKEN and Kyoto University. 


Highlights of his research includes a theory of finite size effects in nano-superconductors and its experimental demonstration, the development of a novel theory of defect formation in dynamical phase transitions, a semiclassical analytical description of the Anderson metal-insulator transition and his recent proposals of a novel form of quantum matter based on Efimov physics.



Member: Ying Liu (visiting professor)

Dr. Ying Liu is a professor of physics at Pennsylvania State University and Chair Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He received a B. S. degree from Peking University, Beijing, a M. S. degree at Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, and a Ph. D. degree from University of Minnesota, all in physics. He joined the faculty of Department of Physics, Pennsylvania State University in 1994 after spending three years as a postdoctoral research associate at University of Colorado in Boulder. He had visiting positions at Shanghai Jiaotong University and Zhejiang University. His current research centers in contemporary experimental condensed matter and materials physics, focusing on superconductivity and physics of quantum electronic materials. Systems under current study include chiral p-wave superconductor Sr2RuO4, mesoscopic and single-sheet superconductors, graphene and topological insulators, surfaces and interfaces of transition metal oxides, and strongly correlated quantum materials. Dr. Liu received an NSF Career Award in 1997 and is a fellow of American Physical Society. He received a NSFC Outstanding Young Investigator award (Type B) in 2006.

Member: Professor Jinfeng Jia

Title: Professor
Phone: +86-21-5474-3165
Address: Room 907, Physics Building
Area of Physics: Condensed Matter Physcics

Research Interests:

(1) Topological Insulators and new quantum materials
(2) Low Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy/Spectroscopy/ARPES
(3) Thin film growth and its atomistic processes of various materials (semiconductor, magnetic multilayers and dielectric materials etc.) by molecular beam epitaxy
(4) Novel properties of low-dimensional structures and interfaces
Biographical Sketch:
Sept.,1983-July,1987: Undergraduate student of Peking University, Physics Department. obtained B.S. degree
Sept.,1987-July,1992: Graduate student of Peking University, Physics Department. obtained Ph. D degree
July, 1992-June,1994: Post Doctor of Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory Institute of High Energy Physics, Academia Sinica
June,1994- May,1995: Researcher of Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory Institute of High Energy Physics, Academia Sinica
May,1995- April,1996: Post doctor, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University Japan ( JSPS post-doctor fellowship)
May, 1996- Jan., 1998: Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Peking University.
Feb., 1998- May, 1999: Post doctor, Department of Physics, University of Florida.
May, 1999- May, 2000: Post doctor, Dept. of Chem., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
May, 2000- Jan. 2001: Visiting researcher, Dept. of Physics, Indiana University at Bloomington.
Jan. 2001 - July 2006: Professor, Institute of Physics of CAS, P. R. China
July 2006 - July 2009: Professor, Dept. of Physics, Tsinghua University
July 2009 – present: Cheung Kong Professor, Dept. of Physics, Shanghai Jiaotong University


Member: Dr. Hui Xing

Title: Research Scientist


Phone: +86-21-54743944

Address: Room 1202, Physics Building, Department of Physics and Astronomy 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai, 200240

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Research Interests:

1. The measurement of strongly correlated materials transport in low temperature, with emphasis on thermoelectric effects

2. Magnetism and spin-dependent transport in bulk and nanoscale systems

Biographical Sketch:


2006, B.S. in physics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, PR China;

2011, PH.D. in condensed matter physics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, PR China; PhD supervisor: Prof. Zhu-An Xu

2012-2015, Postdoc. in physics, State University of New York, Buffalo, USA; Supervisor: Prof.  HaoZeng

Selected Publications:

1 SPIN, 5, 1530002 (2015)

2 Nano Letters, 14, 3914 (2014)

4 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 25, 046005 (2013)

5 Phys. Rev. B 81, 134426 (2010)

6 Phys. Rev. B 80, 184514 (2009)




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