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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 as an Assistant Professor in 2012, 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 60 journal papers including Science, Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters and Nano Letters, with an H-index of 30 and total citations over 4800 (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 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 one PhD position for Fall 2018. 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


– We have three papers pulished recently in Physical Review Letters, Advanced Optical Materials, and Physical Reivew Applied. Cheers!


– Farewell to Kan. Many thanks for your great contributions to the group, and wish you all the best at UT Austin!


– Bo Xiong (from Nanjing University) and Lei Zhang (from Kunming University of Science and Technology) joined the group as visiting scholars. Welcome!


– Kan's work on Infrared Plasmonic Resonators Based on Self-Assembled Core–Shell Particles was published in ACS Photonics!


– Lin, Kan and Feng presented in the MRS Fall conference.


– The collaborative work with Prof. Wenshan Cai on linear and nonliner chiral meta-mirror was published in Nano Letters!


– The collaborative work with Prof. Liang Pan on Optical Switching of Ferromagnetic Thin Film by Ultrafast Optothermal and Optomagnetic Couplings was published in Scientific Reports!


– Dr. Gaoming Li from Xi'an Jiaotong University joined the group as a visiting scholar. Welcome aboard!


– Zhouqing Wang, Qinlong Wen and Zhaoxian Su joined the group as visiting Ph.D. students. Welcome aboard!


– The collaborative work with Prof. Nicholas Fang on Ultrafast Fluorescent Decay in Two-Dimensional Molecular Aggregates was published in PNAS!


– Yihao Xu and Ziqiang Cai joined the group as new Ph.D. students. Welcome aboard!


– Prof. Liu gave a seminar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University and UC Berkeley, respectively. Many thanks to Profs. Jennifer Dionne and Jie Yao for the hosting.


– Prof. Liu gave a pre-conference tutorial and an invited talk in 2017 META conference in Korea. He also gave a seminar in Nanjing University, China.


– Kan successfully defended his thesis on July 18th, and became the first Ph.D. in the group. Big congratulations, Dr. Yao!


– Our work on Plasmonics in Parity-Time Symmetric Systems is accepted by Physical Review Letters, and Broadband Optical Diode Using Symmetry-breaking Metamaterials is accepted by Advanced Optical Materials. Congratulations!


– Our work on Dudal-band Light Focusing by Stacked Graphene Metasurfaces is published in ACS Photonics. Congratulations, Wei, Zhoang and Xiaokang!


– Our work on origami-based reconfigurable metamaterials is published in Advanced Materials. Congratulations, Zuojia and Kan!


– Kan received College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Research Award. Congratulations!


– Prof. Liu gave an invited talk at the 2017 SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing Conference, and gave three seminars at the University of Southern California, UC San Diego and UC Riverside. Many thanks to Profs. Durdu Guney, Wei Wu, Zhaowei Liu and Ming Liu for the invitations!


– Prof. Liu led an outreach program entitled " Illusion Optics - Build Your 3D Image Projector and Invisibility Cloak", which was supported by the SPIE Education Outreach Grant.


– Prof. Liu received NSF CAREER Award. Congratulations, and many thanks for the support of NSF!


– Prof. Liu was selected as a member of SPIE Rising Researchers. The award ceremony will be held in 2017 SPIE DCS Meeting in Anaheim.
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