Yanwen Zhang

Distinguished R&D Staff

Dr. Yanwen Zhang was awarded a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from Lund University (Sweden) and a Ph.D. in Science from Beijing Normal University (China). After earning two Ph.D. degrees, she held positions as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor at Uppsala University (Sweden), and as senior/staff scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) from 2003 to 2010. Dr. Zhang joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory in June 2010 with a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on a broad range of topics in both theoretical and experimental aspects of interaction of ions and electrons with materials and how these interactions can be applied to the analysis and modification of materials, as well as the detection and characterization of charged particles. Dr. Zhang’s has over 380 journal articles.


• ORNL Significant Event (SEA) Awards in 2014.
• Received PNNL Scientific and Technical Achievement Recognition (STAR) in 2008.
• Invited to participate in the 14th annual German-American Kavli Frontiers of Science (GAFOS) symposium in Potsdam, Germany on June 11-14, 2008. The symposium, co-sponsored by the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation and the U.S. National Academy of Science (NAS), is the Academy's premiere activity for distinguished young scientists.
• Invited to participate at the 2008 German-American Frontiers of Engineering (GAFOE) Symposium, in Irvine, CA, April 24 -27, 2008 that is hosted by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The invitation-only GAFOE aims to bring together outstanding, early-career German and American engineers to facilitate an interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge and methodology that could eventually lead to collaborative networks of engineers from the two countries.
• EMSL Director Award, PNNL 2006.
• Recipient of the 2005 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for internationally recognized, seminal contributions to the fields of ion-beam physics and ion-solid interactions in materials, especially development of a novel approach for measuring electronic stopping, and for her commitment to mentoring students at the high school, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels, lecturing within the Joint Institute with the University of Washington, providing Chinese translations to local middle schools, and for judging local science fairs. This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent career.
• Recipient of the 2005 DOE Office of Science Early Career Scientist and Engineer Award, includes 5 years of research funding.
• Outstanding performance award by EMSL, PNNL in 2005.
• Awarded Docent title (Honorary Associate Professor) from Department of Physics, Lund University, Sweden, on February 10, 2004. This title is awarded after a rigorous evaluation of scientific achievements and pedagogical skills, and is well-established as a formal qualification over much of Europe.
• The Swedish Institute Fellowships in 1995 and 1996.
• Outstanding Young Alumnae Award, Beijing Normal University, China in 1990.
• Scholarship from Beijing Normal University, China each year from 1986 to 1990.