Prof. Wei Bao recently joined the Department of Physics as Chair Professor. He obtained B.Sc in astrophysics from Peking University, his M.S. from Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. He was a consultant in the AT&T Bell Labs., Murray Hill, NJ in 1994, a postdoctoral fellow at Brookhaven National Lab. from 1995 to 1998, a technical staff member at Los Alamos National Lab. from 1998 to 2009, and a National Qianren Professor at Renmin University since 2009. He serves in three subject executive committees of Chinese Physics Society and is a member of the Science and Technology Committee of the Department of Education, PRC. Prof. BAO was elected 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".

Prof. Bao has worked mainly on correlated electron systems and disordered quantum systems subjected to the extreme conditions of low temperature, high pressure, and high magnetic field, using various types of neutron scattering techniques at most major international neutron user facilities over the world. He published 70 papers on the Mott-Hubbard Metal-Insulator Transition, CMR, orbital order, reentrant spin glass, itinerant magnetism, low-dimensional quantum antiferromagnets, and novel superconductivity in heavy-fermion, cuprate and Fe-based materials with more than 7000 citations. He has delivered more than 190 lectures in international conferences, colloquia and seminars. In addition to frontier research in condensed matter physics, he is currently leading the ¥130M project of the design and construction of a suite of cold neutron inelastic neutron spectrometers at CARR outside Beijing.

He was elected 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".