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Research Group of Prof. Yongmin Liu
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The group led by Prof. Yongmin Liu is dedicated to interdisciplinary research that bridges engineering, optics, applied physics and nanoscience. Our research is a synergetic integration of fundamental science, nano material/structure design, and prototype device development. We are developing novel nano optical materials and devices for various applications including next-generation optical information processing, super-resolution imaging, efficient light harvesting and ultra-sensitive biomedical detection.


Prof. Liu joined Northeastern University in 2012. Currently he is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering. He received his Ph.D. degree in Applied Science and Technology from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009, and both his M.S. and B.S. degree in Physics from Nanjing University (Nanjing, China) in 2003 and 2000, respectively. Prof. Liu has authored and co-authored over 70 journal papers including Science, Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Physical Review Letters, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, with an H-index of 44 and total citations over 8800 (Google Scholar). His research findings were widely reported by international media including BBC News, CNN, TIME, NBC, New York Times, etc., as well as professional magazines such as Science, Nature, Nature Photonics, Nature Nanotechnology, Scientific American, National Geographic, Optics and Photonics News.


Prof. Liu was a recipient of Faculty Fellow of College of Engineering (2019), NSF CAREER Award (2017), Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2016), SPIE DCS Rising Researcher Award (2016), 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award (2016), Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship (2015), and Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad (2009). Currently he serves as an editorial board member for Scientific Reports, EPJ Applied Metamaterials and Nano Convergence.


We have 1-2 PhD position for 2022. We are particularly interested in students with background in one or more of the following areas: optics, engineering, physics and materials science. The successful applicants will have opportunities to develop excellent stills in multiple aspects, including electromagnetic modeling, micro-/nano-fabrication, device processing, advanced optical and electrical characterization.

Recent News


– Renchao's paper on optical pulling forces enabled by hyperbolic metamaterials was published in published in Nano Letters. Congratulations!


– Yihao, Lin and Ziqiang presented their work in MRS Fall meeting. Yihao and Ziqiang received the best student presentation award in symposium EQ08 (New Frontiers in the Design, Fabrication and Applications of Metamaterials and Metasurfaces). Prof. Liu also gave a tutorial talk and an invited talk on the design of photonic metamaterials by deep learning.


– Lei's paper on 3D direct printing of mechanical and biocompatible hydrogel meta-structures was published in Bioactive Materials.


– We published electrically tunable metasurfaces based on phase transition of vanadium dioxide in Laser & Photonics Reviews.


– We received an NSF award to explore non-Hermitian and topology plasmonics.


– Our paper on holographic mimicry by metasurfaces was published in Advanced Materials.


– Our research was not stopped by the pandemic. Feng published his work on all-optical switching of magnetization in Advanced Optical Materials and Nano Letters. Lin's paper on harnessing evanescent waves by metasurfaces was published in Laser & Photonics Reviews . Wei's review article on photonic design by deep learning was published in Nature Photonics. Congratulations to all of you!


– Feng successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis. Congratuatlions, Dr. Feng Cheng! We wish you all the best in your new position as a seismic imaging analyst at CGG.


– Congratulations to our former group members, Wei, Lin, Zuojia and Zhaoxian, who recently started their new academic positions.


– Xianzhe Zhang joined our group as a new Ph.D. student. Welcome!
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