Prof. Dr. Xing ZHU is a physics professor at School of Physics, Peking University, China. He received his Master of Applied Science in 1983 from University of Toronto, Canada and his Ph.D. degree in 1986 from University of Saarland, Germany. He carried 3 years of post doctoral research in both University of Saarland and Peking University. He became a full professor in 1994. He was the Dean for Scientific Research, Peking University (1999-2006).
Prof. Zhu jointed National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of China, as takes the post as the Chief Scientist of the center (2004-2006).
Prof. Zhu’s research experience involves the early pioneer work on nanocrystalline materials lead by Prof. Herbert Gleiter; the structure analysis of nano-materials and high Tc superconductors, fullerenes. In the recent years, his research is focused on the optical properties and spectrum on the nanometer scale, especially in the field of near-field optics. In his group, some new instruments are developed, such as scanning near-field optical microscope (SNOM), cryogenic SNOM and the near-field optical spectroscopy technique. The main interest of his group now is on the application of SNOM technique in biological system, optical detection at molecular or cellular level, so that a new physical technique can be applied as a novel tool to explore the optical feature of bio-samples in the nanometer scale. The other part of his research is, by using SNOM and spectroscopy at room temperature and liquid nitrogen temperature, to study the optical properties of mesoscopic and nanometer scale structures by detecting the surface features and the formation and propagation of surface wave, the light scattering of surface; and the properties of fluorescents and light emission and polarization, as well as nonlinear effects of semiconductor devices, and exploring the coupling mechanism between the mesoscopic and nanometer scale structures.
Prof. Zhu is the chair of several international conferences on Near-field Optics and Nano optics (APNFO 1999, SPIE 2002, SPIE 2004) and the Associate Editor of Chinese Physics and Acta Physica Sinica.
He is also the Secretary General of the International Conference for Nanotechnology ChinaNANO 2005 and ChinaNANO 2007, in Beijing China.