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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 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 2023 Spring or 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


– 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!


– Ziqiang's paper on near-infrared reflection modulation through electrical tuning of hybrid graphene metasurfaces was published in Advanced Optical Materials. Nice work, Ziqiang!


– Renchao's paper on optical pulling forces enabled by hyperbolic metamaterials was 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.
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