Weigang Wang

Weigang Wang

Weigang Wang

Associate Professor of Physics
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director of Graduate Studies

Classification: Primary Faculty

Education: Ph.D.,Physics, 2008, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Fields of Study: Condensed Matter Physics

Research Interests: 

We study the transport of charge and spin at nanoscales. Research in this area not only enhances the understanding of fundamental physics, but also directly leads to new applications such as nonvolatile magnetic memories and logic units. Our effort is focused on exploring new mechanisms to lower the switching energy of nanomagnets, where the information can be stored/processed by the spin of electrons. We are specialized in new materials, new structures and new device concepts for next generation of spintronic applications. We are also interested in the fabrication of nanostructures, by means of large scale self-assembly or photo/electron-beam lithography, and the subsequent magnetic, biological and/or energy applications.

Honors and Awards: 

  • Distinguished Scholar Award, University of Arizona, 2022 
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, Department of Physics, University of Arizona, 2018                               
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2016  

Selected Publications: 

M. Xu, M. Li, P. Khanal, A.Habiboglu, B. Insana, Y. Xiong, T. Peterson, JC Myers, D Ortega, HW Qu, C.L. Chien, W. Zhang, J.P. Wang, W. G. Wang, "Voltage-Controlled Antiferromagnetism in Magnetic Tunnel Junctions", Phys. Rev. Lett., 124, 187701 (2020)

Newhouse-Illige, T., Liu, Y., Xu, M., Hickey, D. R., Kundu, A., Almasi, H., Bi, C., Wang, X., Freeland, J. W., Keavney, D. J., Sun, C. J., Xu, Y. H., Rosales, M., Cheng, X. M., Zhang, S., Mkhoyan, K. A. & W. G. Wang, "Voltage controlled interlayer coupling in perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions", Nature Communications 8, 15232 (2017)

Chong Bi, Meng Xu, Hamid Almasi, Marcus Rosales and W. G. Wang, "Metal Based Nonvolatile Field-effect Transistors", Advanced Functional Materials, 26, 3490 (2016)

C. Bi, Y. Liu, T. Newhouse-Illige, M. Xu, M. Rosales, J.W. Freeland, O. Mryasov, S. Zhang, S.G.E. te Velthuis, and W. G. Wang, "Reversible control of Co magnetism by voltage induced oxidation", Phys. Rev. Lett., 113, 267202 (2014)

W. G. Wang, M. E. Li, S. Hageman and C. L. Chien, "Electric field assisted switching in magnetic tunnel junctions", Nature Materials 11, 64 (2012)