Ping Yu


Ping Yu    Associate Professor、PI


InstituteSchool of Physical Science and Technology
Research Area

scanning probe microscopy, molecular electronics and

engineering of graphenen nanomateirals via on-surface synthesis 


Ping Yu received her B.S. degree From Nankai University in 2004 and Ph.D. degree in physics from Fudan University in 2009. From 2009 to 2015, She worked as a postdoc in the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics and university of Regensburg in Germany. In February 2016, she joined the School of Physical Science and Technology of ShanghaiTech University as a tenure-track assistant professor、PI.

Research Interests
Our research focuses on characterization and manipulation of the electronic and magnetic properties of graphene nanomaterials via on-surface synthesis method, by using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) with atomic precision. We also have a particular interest in fabrication of designed nano-structures and manipulating its electronic properties by electrical field or photons on surfaces.

Selected Publications

            Independent Publications:



          1) Orbital-symmetry effects on magnetic exchange in open-shell nanographenes

                Qingyang Du#, Xuelei Su#, Yufeng Liu#, Yashi Jiang#, Can LiKaKing Yan, Ricardo Ortiz*

                Thomas Frederiksen*, Shiyong Wang* and Ping Yu*

               Nature Communications 14, Article number: 4802 (2023


            1) On-Surface Synthesis of C144 Hexagonal Coronoid with Zigzag Edges

             Xujie Zhu#, Yanan Liu#, Weiwen Pu#, Fang-Zi Liu, Zhijie Xue, Zhaoru Sun*, Kaking Yan*,

             and Ping Yu*

             ACS Nano 16, 7, 10600-10607 (2022)


            2) On-surface synthesis of  triangulene trimers via dehydration reation

             Suqin Cheng#, Zhijie Xue#, Can Li#, Yufeng Liu, Longjun Xiang, Youqi Ke, Kaking Yan, 

             Shiyong Wang* and Ping Yu*

             Nature Communications13, Article number: 1705 (2022)

             featured in a Nature Communications Editor's Highlights page




            1) Helical Conformation Tunability via Hydrogen Bonding in Supramolecular Frameworks

            Zhijie Xue#, Fuwei Gan#, Hong Liu#, Chengshuo Shen, Huibin Qiu*, Bo Yang* and Ping Yu*

            CCS Chem. 3, 1639-1647 (2021)



            1) Atomically Precise Synthesis and Characterization of Heptauthrene with Triplet Ground State

            Xuelei Su#Can Li#, Qingyang Du#, Kun Tao, Shiyong Wang*, and Ping Yu*

            Nano Letter. 20, 9, 6859 (2020)


            2) On-Surface Synthesis of All-cis Standing Phenanthrene Polymers upon Selective C-H Bond Activatio

            Qingyang Du#, Weiwen Pu#, Zhaoru Sun* and Ping Yu*

           J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 11, 13, 5022-5028 (2020)            

         3) Stepwise On-Surface Synthesis of Porous Carbon Nanoribbons with Notched Zigzag Edges

          Suqin Cheng, Xuelei Su, Fuwei Gan, Chengshuo Shen, Huibin Qiu*, Kun Tao* and Ping Yu*

          J. Phys. Chem. C. 124, 1, 756-763 (2020)      


         1) Chiral Recognition of Hexahelicene on a surface via the Forming of Asymmetric Heterochiral Trimers

          Hong Zhang, Hong Liu, Chengshuo. Shen, Fuwei. Gan, Xuelei. Su, Huibin Qiu*, Bo Yang*, Ping Yu*

         Int. J. Mol. Sci, 20, 8, 2018 (2019)


         1) Edge State Engineering of Graphene Nanoribbons
         Xuelei. Su, Zhijie Xue, Gang Li
*, Ping Yu*
         Nano Letter. 18, 9, 5744 (2018)

               Previous publications:

1.  Apparent Reversal of Molecular Orbitals Reveals Entanglement 
     P. Yu, N. Kocić, J. Repp, B. Siegert, and A. Donarini
     Physical Review Letters 119, 056801 (2017) 

2.   Tracking the ultrafast motion of a single molecule by femtosecond orbital imaging
      T. L. Cocker, D. Peller, P. Yu, J. Repp, R. Huber
      Nature 539, 263 (2016)

3.   Nanoscale photoelectron mapping and spectroscopy with an atomic force microscope
      P. Yu, J. Kirschner
      Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 067602 (2013)

4.   Nanoscale imaging of photoelectrons using an atomic force microscope
      P. Yu, J. Kirschner
      Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 063111 (2013)

5.   Spin-orbit coupling in unoccupied quantum well states: experiment and theory for Co/Cu(001)
      C.-T. Chiang, A. Winkelmann, P. Yu, J. Henk and J. Kirschner, 
      Phys. Rev. B. 81, 115130 (2010)

6.   Magnetic dichroism from optically excited quantum well states
      C.-T. Chiang, A. Winkelmann, P. Yu, and J. Kirschner 
      Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 077601 (2009)

7.   Unconventional spin topology in surface alloys with Rashba-type spin splitting
      H. Mirhosseini, J. Henk, A. Ernst, S. Ostanin, C.-T. Chiang, P. Yu, A. Winkelmann, and J. Kirschner 
      Phys. Rev. B. 79, 245428 (2009)

8.   Correlation between spin reorientation transition and Curie temperature of NixPd1−x alloy on Cu(001)
      P. Yu, L. F. Yin, D. H. Wei, C. S. Tian, G. S. Dong, and X. F. Jin 
      Phys. Rev. B. 79, 212407 (2009)

9.   Curie temperatures of fcc and bcc nickel and permalloy: Supercell and Green’s function methods
      P. Yu, X. F. Jin, J. Kudrnovský, D. S. Wang, and P. Bruno
      Phys. Rev. B. 77, 054431 (2008)