Dr. Yanwen Zhang
Dr. Yanwen Zhang is a Distinguished R&D Staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Tennessee. She received a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from Lund University (Sweden) and a Ph.D. in Science from Beijing Normal University (China). She held positions as an Assistant Professor (2000-2002) at Uppsala University (Sweden), and as a senior/staff scientist, at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory from 2003. In June 2010, Dr. Zhang joined ORNL and UTK. Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on a broad range of topics in both theoretical and experimental aspects of interaction of ions, electrons and photons 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. She is the author or co-author of more than 250 refereed journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings including 68 as lead author; over 50 invited presentations. She was the recipient of a 2005 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and DOE Office of Science Early Career Scientist and Engineer Award in recognition of her seminal contributions to the fields of ion-beam physics and ion-solid interactions in materials. As the Director of an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) on Energy Dissipation to Defect Evolution (EDDE), she is leading the research to develop a fundamental understanding of energy dissipation mechanisms and evolution of defects in structural alloys in high-radiation environments.