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Research Group of Prof. Yongmin Liu
Welcome to the website of Prof. Yongmin Liu's research group! We hope that you can take this chance to look around and find something interesting and informative.

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 49 and total citations over 11000 (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. He is a Fellow of Optica and SPIE.


We have 1-2 PhD position for 2023 Fall. 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


– Nature Photonics published a News & Views article to highligh our recent Science paper.


– Alex received the prestigous Draper scholarship. Congratulations!


– Our collaborative work with Prof. Ruwen Peng and Prof. Mu Wang at Nanjing University was published in Science! In this work, we break the fundamental limit of polarization multiplexing capacity of metasurfaces by introducing the engineered noise.


– Alexander Montes McNeil joined our group as a new PhD student. Welcome on board!


– Prof. Yongmin Liu was elected as a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Fellows are Members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. Congratulations!.


– Prof. Yongmin Liu was elected as a Fellow of OPTICA (formerly OSA). He was honored for significant contributions to the fundamental and application of nanophotonics, particularly plasmonics and photonic metamaterials. Congratualtions!


– Prof. Zengbo Wang from Bangor University, UK will be visting our group for one year, under the support of the prestigious Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship. Welcome, Prof. Wang!


– Lin's paper on mode conversion and wavefront shaping by on-chip metasurfaces was published in Advanced Optical Materials. His review article on hybrid inverse design of photonic structures was published in Photonics and Nanostructures. Congratulations, Lin!


– Two master students, Allen Zhang and Yuxiao Li joined our group. Welcome aboard!


– Optics & Photonics News interviewed Prof. Liu regarding deep design for optical devices, and highlighted our recent Advanced Materials paper.


– We welcome our new PhD student Tae Yoon Kim!


– Prof. Liu was elected to the grade of Senior Member of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Congratulations!


– Xianzhe, Lin, and Prof. Liu attended and presented at the 2022 Gordon Research Conference on plasmonics and nanophotonics. It was so nice to meet old and new friends, and exchange our ideas!


– Prof. Liu completed his sabbatical at Stanford University. It was a highly rewarding visit. Many thanks to Prof. Jen Dionne and her group members!


– Our paper on multiplexed metasurfaces designed by machine learning was published in Advanced Materials. Congratulations!


– We were funded by the NSF CDS&E program to study the spectral, spatial and temporal responses of plasmonic nanostructures based on a data-driven approach.


– Yihao received the Graduate Research Award in College of Engineering. Congratulations, Yihao, and keep up the good work!
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