Zhi-Xun Shen received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 1989, M.S. from Rutgers University in 1985, and B.S from Fudan University in 1983. He is currently the Chief Scientist of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the former Director of the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES).  SIMES is a joint institute of Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, focusing on scientific foundation related to the energy challenge facing our society.  Shen is also a Co-Director of the Stanford-Chevron Program for Diamondoid Nanoscience.

Shen is the Paul Pigott Professor in Physical Sciences of Stanford University. He has been a Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and SLAC Photon Science since 2000, an Associate Professor (1996-2000), and Assistant Professor (1992-1996). He is also a Professor of Electrical Engineering by courtesy.

His main research interest lies in the area of condensed matter and materials physics.  The questions that motivate his research are: what is the nature of quantum matter?  How complexity gives rise to unusual and extreme properties? He focuses on the physics of “emergent phenomena”, where interactions among multiple constituencies give “emergence” of novel properties not intrinsic to the individual components.

He has more than 250 publications, including more than 60 in three important journals of his field: Nature, Physical Review Letters, and Science. Six of his papers have been identified by the citation tracking algorithm of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) as among the most cited recent papers in its periodic surveys.

September 12, 2011
Zhi-Xun Shen