Tong Zhou

Associate Professor

NSFC Excellent Scientist

Background Information:

Dr. Zhou Tong is an associate professor and Ph.D. Supervisor at the Eastern Institute of Technology, Ningbo. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Fudan University in 2017 and subsequently held positions as a Postdoctoral Associate, Research Scientist, and Research Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo in the United States. He joined the faculty at the Eastern Institute of Technology in 2023. Dr. Zhou's research has focused on topological matter, quantum transport, and quantum computing. He has published more than 40 papers, including 13 papers as the first author or corresponding author, in journals such as Nat. Mater. (2023), Nat. Commun. (2022), Phys. Rev. Lett. (2021, 2020, 2020), etc. His publications have been cited over 2600 times according to Google Scholar, with an H-index of 23. Based on his research achievements, Dr. Zhou has been invited to give presentations at prestigious academic conferences such as the APS March Meeting, SPIE Optics+Photonics, and WINDS, and has served as a session chair for APS March Meeting and as a reviewer for journals such as PRL and Nat. Commun.


His main academic achievements include: (1) Combining the micromagnetic simulations and BdG equations, he developed a new computation method to simulate the dynamical evolutions of the Majorana zero modes (MZM) and their topological qubits. (2) Based on planar Josephson junctions, he proposed several protocols to implement the braiding and fusion of MZM, receiving experimental follow-up and support. (3) Proposing a new approach to achieve dissipationless quantum transport using multiple topological protections and to detect topological properties through optical responses. The designed material platforms have been successfully fabricated.


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Research Field:

Condensed matter physics, primarily focusing on:

1. Topological quantum computing: designing platforms and strategies towards topological quantum computing by demonstrating non-Abelian statistics through Majorana fusion and braiding.

2. Topological quantum states: Quantum states in topological insulators, semimetals, and superconductors, along with their interactions with external fields, such as forces, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, etc.

3. Quantum transport behavior in the superconductor-semiconductor interface, such as Andreev reflection, Josephson effect, superconducting diode effect, etc.

4. Intriguing properties of quantum materials, such as novel electronic structure, superconductivity, magnetoelectricity, optics, transport, etc. It also involves the design and prediction of materials with specific functionalities.

5. Micromagnetic simulations: Interactions between the topological magnetic textures (Skyrmions, etc) and topological electronic states (Majorana zero modes, etc).

6. Application of machine learning in the aforementioned research directions.


Educational Background:

2012-2017, Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics, Fudan University

2008-2012, B.E. in Applied Physics, Suzhou University of Science and Technology


Work Experience:

2023.11-Present: Associate Professor, College of Science at EIT

2023.07-2023.11: Assistant Professor, College of Science at EIT

2023.02-2023.06: Research Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo

2022.08-2023.02: Research Scientist, State University of New York at Buffalo

2017.10-2022.08: Postdoctoral Associate, State University of New York at Buffalo


Awards and Honors:

2023: NSFC Excellent Scientist


Representative Works:

General Information

More than 40 SCI papers with 2600+ citations and H-index of 23.


Google Scholar:




10 Representative Works (* refers to the corresponding author)

  1. T. Zhou* and I. Žutić*, Asymmetry in the Magnetic Neighborhood, Nat. Mater. 22, 284 (2023).

  2. T. Zhou*, M. C. Dartiailh, W. Mayer, J. E. Han, A. Matos-Abiague, J. Shabani, and I. Žutić*, Fusion of Majorana Bound States with Mini-Gate Control in Two-Dimensional Systems, Nat. Commun. 13, 1738 (2022).

  3. T. Zhou*, S. Cheng, M. Schleenvoigt, P. Schüffelgen, H. Jiang, Z. Yang, and Igor Žutić*, Quantum Spin-Valley Hall Kink States: From Concept to Materials Design, Phys. Rev. Lett., 127, 116402 (2021).

  4. T. Zhou*, M. C. Dartiailh, W. Mayer, J. E. Han, A. Matos-Abiague, J. Shabani, and I. Žutić*, Phase Control of Majorana Bound States in a Topological X Junction, Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 137001 (2020).

  5. G. Xu, T. Zhou*, B. Scharf, and I. Žutić, Optically Probing Tunable Band Topology in Atomic Monolayers, Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 157402 (2020).

  6. T. Zhou*, N. Mohanta, J. E. Han, A. Matos-Abiague, and I. Žutić, Tunable Magnetic Textures in Spin Valves: From Spintronics to Majorana Bound States, Phys. Rev. B 99, 134505 (2019).

  7. T. Zhou, J. Zhang, H. Jiang, I. Žutić, and Z. Yang*, Giant Spin-valley Polarizations and Multiple Hall Effects in Functionalized Bismuth Monolayers, npj Quantum Mater. 3, 39 (2018).

  8. T. Zhou, J. Zhang, Y. Xue, B. Zhao, H. Zhang, H. Jiang, and Z. Yang*, Quantum spin–quantum anomalous Hall effect with tunable edge states in Sb monolayer-based heterostructures, Phys. Rev. B. 94, 235449 (2016).

  9. T. Zhou, C. Zhang, H. Zhang, F. Xiu, and Z. Yang*, Enhanced Thermoelectric Properties of Dirac Semimetal Cd3As2, Inorg. Chem. Front. 3, 1637 (2016).

  10. T. Zhou, J. Zhang, B. Zhao, H. S. Zhang, and Z. Yang*, Quantum Spin-Quantum Anomalous Hall Insulators and Topological Transitions in Functionalized Sb(111) Monolayers, Nano Lett. 15, 5149 (2015).