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Academic Areas: theoretical calculations on low-dimensional nanostructures and focus on exploring their physical and chemical properties, and their potential applications in data or energy storage

Research Interests: theoretical calculations on low-dimensional nanostructures and focus on exploring their physical and chemical properties, and their potential applications in data or energy storage


Dr. Wu Received his B.S. degree in Department of Intensive Instruction from Nanjing University, China, in 2007 and his Ph.D. degree in physics from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, in 2011. In 2012/01, he joined Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, as a Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2013/09, he joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Since 2014 he has been a professor in the School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China. His research interests include theoretical calculations (density functional theory, molecular dynamics) on low-dimensional nanostructures and focus on exploring their physical and chemical properties, and their potential applications in data or energy storage.

Academic Degrees

PhD in physics, 2011, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Professional Experience

2014/12-Present:  Professor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology;

2013/09-2014/12: Postdoctoral fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

2012/01-2013/09: Postdoctoral fellow, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Selected Publications


26. Wu MH*, Zeng XC*. Intrinsic Ferroelasticity and/or Multiferroicity in Two-Dimensional Phosphorene and Phosphorene Analogues. Nano Lett. 2016, 16, 3236.


25. Fu HH, Wu DD, Gu L, Wu MH, Wu RQ. Design for a spin-Seebeck diode based on two-dimensional materials. Phys. Rev. B 2015, 92, 045418.

24. Wu MH*, Fu HH, Zhou L, Yao KL, Zeng XC*. Nine New Phosphorene Polymorphs with Non-Honeycomb Structures: A Much Extended Family, Nano Lett. 2015, 15, 3557.


23. Wu MH, Qian X,Li J. Tunable exciton funnel using Moire superlattice in twisted van der Waals bilayer. Nano Lett. 2014, 14, 5350.

22. Wu MH, Pei Y, Zeng XC, Edge decorated SiC nanoribbons with metal: Coexistence of planar tetracoordinate carbon and silicon. Chem. Phys. Lett. 2013, 580, 78-81.

21. Wu MH, Jena P. Magnetic hollow cages with colossal moments.  J. Chem. Phys. 2013,139, 044301. (Cover Page in J. Chem. Phys., 28 Jul 2013.)

20. Wu MH*, Zeng XC, Jena P. Unusual Magnetic Properties of Functionalized Graphene NanoribbonsJ. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2013, 4, 2482-2488.

19. Wu MH*, Wang Q, Sun Q, Jena P. Functionalized graphitic carbon nitride for efficient energy storage.  J. Phys. Chem. C 2013, 117, 6055. 

18. Wu MH*, Burton J D, Tsymbal EY, Zeng XC*, Jena P*. Hydroxyl-decorated graphene systems as candidates for organic metal-free ferroelectrics, multiferroics, and high-performance proton battery cathode materials. Phys. Rev. B (rapid communications) 2013, 87, 081406(R).

17. Wu MH*, Jena P. Giant magnetic moments of B and C doped cuboctahedral Mn13 clusters. Nanoscale 2013, 5, 2114-2117.

16. Wu MH, Kandalam, AK, Jena P. Origin of the anomalous magnetic behavior of the Fe13+ cluster. Phys. Rev. B 2012, 86, 174410.

15. Wu MH*, Burton J D, Tsymbal EY, Zeng XC, Jena PMultiferroic materials based on transition-metal-molecular nanowires. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134(35), 14423-14429.

14. Wu MH, Pei Y, Dai J, Li H, Zeng XC. Tri-wing graphene nano-paddle-wheel with a single-file metal joint: formation of multi-planar tetracoordinated-carbon (ptc) strips. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2012, 116(20), 11378-11385.

13. Wu MH, Dai J, Zeng XC. Ab initio computation based design of three-dimensional structures of carbon allotropes. Progress in Chemistry, 2012, 24(06), 1050-1057.

12. Wu MH, Gao Y, Zhang ZY, Zeng XC. Edge-decorated graphene nanoribbons by scandium as hydrogen storage media. Nanoscale, 2012, 4, 915-920.

11. Wu MH, Zeng XC.  Transition-metal-molecular sandwich nanowires as magnetic on/off switch Appl.Phys.Lett. 2011, 99, 053121.

10. Wu MH, Wu XJ, Pei Y, Wang Y, Zeng XC. Three-dimensional network model of carbon containing only sp2-carbon bonds and boron nitride analoguesChem. Commun., 2011, 47, 4406-4408.

9. Wu MH, Wu XJ, Pei Y, Zeng XC. Inorganic nanoribbons with unpassivated zigzag edges: Half metallicity and edge reconstruction. Nano Res.2011,4(2),233-239.

8. Wu MH, Zhang ZH, Zeng XC. Charge-injection induced magnetism and half metallicity in single-layer hexagonal group III/V (BN, BP, AIN, AIP) systems.  Appl.Phys.Lett. 2010, 97, 093109.

7. Wu MH, Pei Y, Zeng XC. Planar Tetracoordinate Carbon Strips in Edge Decorated Graphene Nanoribbon  J.Am.Chem.Soc.2010, 132,16,5554.

6. Wu MH, Wu XJ, Zeng XC. Exploration of Half Metallicity in Edge-Modified Graphene Nanoribbons. J.Phys. Chem.C  2010, 114,9,3937.

5. Wu MH, Wu XJ, Gao Y, Zeng XC. Patterned Hydrogenation of Graphene: Magnetic Quantum Dot Array  J.Phys. Chem.C  2010, 114,1,139.

4. Wu MH,Wu XJ, Zeng XC. Materials design of half-metallic graphene and graphene nanoribbons.  Appl.Phys.Lett. 2009, 94, 223111

3. Wu MH, Dong S, Liu JM. Frequency dispersion of hysteresis in core/shell magnetic nanoparticle: Monte Carlo simulation.  J.Appl.Phys.2008, 103,7,07B103.

2. Wu MH, Li QC, Liu JM. Monte Carlo simulation of size, random field and temperature dependences of exchange bias in a core/shell magnetic nanoparticle.  J.Phys.Cond.Mat. 2007, 19, 18, 18602.

1. Wu XJ, Wu MH, Zeng XC. Chemically decorated boron-nitride nanoribbons.  Frontier of Physics in China 2009, 4,3,367. 

Awards and Honors

• National Natural Science Foundation of China , Grant No. 21573084 

Courses Taught

• Advanced Statistical Physics 

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