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jian liu
Jian Liu
Associate Professor

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Office: 217A Nielsen Physics Building
Phone: (865) 974-3055

Brief Vita
  • Ph.D., University of Arkansas (05/2012)
  • M.S., University of Houston (12/2006)
  • B.S., Nanjing University, China (Jun 2004)

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Tennessee (08/2015-present)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow Physicist, Department of Physics, University of California at Berkeley (06/2012-07/2015)
  • Advanced Light Source Doctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (01/2011-05/2012)
  • Full CV

Selected Honors


I am an experimental condensed matter physicist. My research targets development of novel quantum materials that propel the fundamental understanding on emergent phenomena and deliver innovative concepts/routes for nanotechnologies. A major focus is correlated electronic materials such as transition metal oxides (TMOs), which exhibit a variety of unusual quantum phenomena that often elude conventional predictions as well as afford unparalleled functionalities. Moreover, I create interfaces between materials with distinct ground states by oxide-based heteroepitaxy in order to twist their properties and discover new phases in ways that are unavailable in solid state chemistry. This atomically controlled synthesis is synergistically coupled with advanced synchrotron-based characterizations to comprehend the underlying correlated physics and facilitate quantum materials-by-design. My research covers systems that display metal-insulator transition, high-temperature superconductivity, colossal magnetoresistance, orbital ordering/reconstruction, strong spin-orbit coupling, quantum magnetism, multiferroics, as well as magnetic switching.


For Prospective Students

I always welcome highly motivated graduate and undergraduate students to join my group. If you are interested in studying quantum states of matter and functional materials by using atomic layering and national synchrotron/neutron facilities, please email me or stop by my office. Ph.D. positions are currently available.

Selected Publications After Joining UT
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*Corresponding Author
  1. Strain-modulated Slater-Mott crossover of pseudospin-half square-lattice in (SrIrO3)1/(SrTiO3)1 Superlattices, J. Yang, L. Hao, D. Meyers, T. Dasa, L. Xu, L. Horak, P. Shafer, E. Arenholz, G. Fabbris, Y. Choi, D. Haskel, J. Karapetrova, J.-W. Kim, P. J. Ryan, H. Xu, C. D. Batista, M. P. M. Dean, and Jian Liu*, Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 177601 (2020). [DOI]
  2. -- UT physics highlight.

  3. Comprehensive control of metamagnetic transition of antiferromagnetic Mott insulator Sr2IrO4 by in-situ anisotropic strain, H. Zhang, L. Hao, J. Yang, J. Mutch, Z. Liu, Q. Huang, K. Noordhoek, A.F. May, J.-H. Chu, J.W. Kim, P.J. Ryan, H.D. Zhou, Jian Liu*, Advanced Materials 32, 2002451 (2020).[DOI]

  4. Anomalous Magnetoresistance due to Longitudinal Spin Fluctuations in a Jeff = 1/2 Mott Semiconductor, L. Hao, Z. Wang, J. Yang, D. Meyers, J. Sanchez, G. Fabbris, Y. Choi, J.-W. Kim, D. Haskel, P. J. Ryan, K. Barros, J.-H. Chu, M. P. M. Dean, C. D. Batista, and Jian Liu*, Nat. Commun.10, 5301 (2019). [DOI]

  5. Novel spin-orbit coupling driven emergent states in iridate-based heterostructures, L. Hao. D. Meyers, M.P.M. Dean, and Jian Liu*, J. Phys. Chem. Solids128, 39 (2019). [DOI]
  6.    -- invited topical review.

  7. Epitaxial stabilization of Sr3Ir2O7 thin films, J. Yang, L. Hao, P. Nanney, K. Noordhoek, D. Meyers, L. Horak, J. Sanchez, J.-H. Chu, C. Nelson, M. P. M. Dean, Jian Liu*, Appl. Phys. Lett. 114, 182401 (2019). [DOI]
  8. -- featured article.

  9. Epitaxial growth and antiferromagnetism of Sn-substituted perovskite iridate SrIr0.8Sn0.2O3, J. Yang, L. Hao, Q. Cui, J. Lin, L. Horak, X. Liu, L. Zhang, H. Yang, J. Karapetrova, J.-W. Kim, P. J. Ryan, M. P. M. Dean, J. Cheng, Jian Liu*, Phys. Rev. Materials 3, 124411 (2019). [DOI]

  10. Giant magnetic response of a two-dimensional antiferromagnet, L. Hao, D. Meyers, H. Suwa, J. Yang, C. Frederick, T. R. Dasa, G. Fabbris, L. Horak, D. Kriegner, Y. Choi, J.-W. Kim, D. Haskel, P. J. Ryan, H. Xu, C. D. Batista, M.P.M. Dean, Jian Liu*, Nature Physics 14, 806 (2018). [DOI]
  11.    -- featured in Science and Research Highlights of the Advanced Photon Source.

  12. Decoupling carrier concentration and electron-phonon coupling in oxide heterostructures observed with resonant inelastic x-ray scattering, D. Meyers, K. Nakatsukasa, S. Mu, L. Hao, J. Yang, Y. Cao, G. Fabbris, H. Miao, J. Pelliciari, D. McNally, M. Dantz, E. Paris, E. Karapetrova, Y. Choi, D. Haskel, P. Shafer, E. Arenholz, T. Schmitt, T. Berlijn, S. Johnston, Jian Liu*, M. P. M. Dean, Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 236802 (2018). [DOI]
  13.     -- UT physics highlight.

  14. Two-dimensional Jeff = 1/2 antiferromagnetic insulator unraveled from interlayer exchange coupling in artificial perovskite iridate superlattices, L. Hao, D. Meyers, C. Frederick, G. Fabbris, J. Yang, N. Traynor, L. Horak, D. Kriegner, Y. Choi, J.-W. Kim, D. Haskel, P. J. Ryan, M. P. M. Dean, Jian Liu*, Phys. Rev. Lett.119, 027204 (2017). [DOI]
  15.     -- UT physics highlight.

  16. Electron accumulation and emergent magnetism in LaMnO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures, Z. Chen, Z. Chen, Z. Q. Liu, M. E. Holtz, C. J. Li, X. Renshaw Wang, W. M. Lü, M. Motapothula, L. S. Fan, J. A. Turcaud, L. R. Dedon, C. Frederick, R. J. Xu, R. Gao, A. T. N’Diaye, E. Arenholz, J. A. Mundy, T. Venkatesan, D. A. Muller, L.-W. Wang, Jian Liu*, and L. W. Martin, Phys. Rev. Lett.119, 156801(2017). [DOI]



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