Visiting address
Phone: +852 34427848

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes


BAO Wei obtained his B.S. in Astrophysics from Peking University in 1983, his M.S. from Institute of Theoretical Physics - Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1986, and his Ph.D. in Physics from The Johns Hopkins University in 1995. He worked as a consultant in AT&T Bell Laboratories - Murray Hill in 1994 and performed his postdoctoral research in Brookhaven National Laboratory from 1995 to 1998 before joining the Technical Staff of Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was a Distinguished University Professor at Renmin University of China in Beijing from 2009 to 2019.

Prof. BAO was nominated a Fellow of American Physical Society in 2012 by Division of Condensed Matter Physics "for neutron scattering studies of the magnetic structure and spin dynamics of highly correlated electron systems".

He was nominated a Fellow of the Physical Society of Hong Kong in 2022 "for his seminal works on correlated electron systems and disordered quantum systems subjected to the extreme conditions using neutron scattering techniques".


Strongly Correlated Electron Systems, Neutron Scattering, Condensed Matter Physics

Research Interests/Areas

Using elastic and inelastic neutron scattering as the main research tool, Prof. BAO has investigated frontier issues of correlated electronic phenomena in condensed matter, including the Mott metal-insulator transition, giant magnetoresistivity, orbital ordering, re-entrant spin-glass state, itinerant antiferromagnetism, low-dimensional quantum antiferromagnetism and unconventional superconductivity in heavy-fermion, cuprate and iron-based materials, often under extreme condition at low temperature, high pressure and high magnetic field. These works have led to more than 200 invited talks in US, Europe, Asia and Oceania.

He has also led the design and construction of a suite of innovative and complimentary cold-neutron inelastic spectrometers at China Advanced Research Reactor in Beijing as the PI of a ¥111 million National Key Research Infrastructure Project.

Services outside CityU

Prof. BAO has served in the Executive Committees on Low Temperature Physics, X-ray Diffraction, Magnetism and Neutron Scattering of Chinese Physical Society.

He is a member of the Academic Committees of the Key Laboratory of Neutron Physics of Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics, China Spallation Neutron Source and National Laboratory for Superconductivity of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

He also advises Ministry of Education of P.R.China in its Committee on Science and Technology.


2009: EPL 85 17006 (2009) and Phys. Rev. Lett. 102 247001 (2009) were selected as the top 100 most influential academic articles from China “2009年百篇最具影响国际学术论文”

2011: Chin. Phys. Lett. 28 086104 (2011) was selected as the top 100 most influential academic articles from China “2011年百篇最具影响国际学术论文”

2013: Special Honour Prize for the Most Influential Article by Chinese Physical Society 中国物理学会“2013年度最有影响力论文奖特等奖

2013: "ESI Highly Cited Papers" As the communicating author, 10 of his 16 neutron scattering works on the Fe-based superconducting materials were identified as the top 1% most cited papers published in the last ten years:
PHYS REV LETT 101 257003 (2008);
PHYS REV LETT 102 247001 (2009);
EPL 85 17006 (2009);
CHIN PHYS LETT 28 086104 (2011);
PHYS REV LETT 103 067008 (2009);
PHYS REV LETT 101 257002 (2008);
NAT MATER 9 716 (2010);
PHYS REV LETT 107 137003 (2011);
PHYS REV B 83 132509 (2011);
CHIN PHYS LETT 30 027402 (2013).

2019: "ESI Highly Cited Papers" As the communicating author, the following papers were chosen in the top 1% of the academic field of Physics:
PHYS REV LETT 102 247001 (2009);
EPL 85 17006 (2009);
CHIN PHYS LETT 28 086104 (2011);
PHYS REV LETT 103 067008 (2009);
NAT MATER 9 716 (2010);
PHYS REV LETT 107 137003 (2011),
and as a co-author, the following paper in the top 1% of the academic field of Materials Science:
14, 325 (2015).


Editor or Editorial Membership

Editorial Boards of Chinese Physics Letters, and Physics, published by Chinese Physical Society


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