Group Mission

We are dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach towards research that bridges the areas of nanoscale photonics, nanostructured materials, and plasmonics as well as their potential applications in optoelectronics and the biological sciences. The research topics transcend the boundaries of traditional disciplines and are typically a combination of fundamental science exploration, engineering design and optimization, device fabrication and characterization, and various applications.

Recent News

The "Plasmonics and Super-Resolution Imaging" book edited by Prof. Liu was recently published. (June 2017)

Hao and Li's paper on Optical Observation of Plasmonic Nonlocal Effects was published in Nano Letters (Feb. 2017)

Conor's paper on broadband absorption from hyperbolic metamaterial nanoparticles was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Jan. 2017)

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Haoliang's paper on giant Kerr response of ultrathin gold films was published in Nature Communications (Oct. 2016)

Prof. Liu has been elected as OSA Fellow (Nov. 2015)

Congratulations to Dylan Lu for his ECE PhD thesis award (Aug. 2015)

Lorenzo's review is the most downloaded article from Progress in Quantum Electronics (Apr. 2015)

Lorenzo's review on Hyperbolic Metamaterials was published in Progress in Quantum Electronics (Nov. 2014)

Bryan and Dylan's work on solar thermal energy was published in three issues of Nano Energy (Multi-scale spectrally selected      coatings, Si boride-coated Si nanoparticles, Tandem structured coating) and in Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells (Black oxide      nanoparticles) (Jun. 2014 - Jan. 2015)

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Feifei's paper on LSP assisted contrast microscopy was published in Applied Physics Letters (Oct. 2014)

Prof. Liu has been invited to the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (Sep. 2014)

Feifei's paper on plasmonic structured illumination microscopy was published in Nano Letters (July 2014)

Weiwei's paper on superscattering with single nanodisks was published in Nanoscale (July 2014)

Congratulations to Prof. Zhaowei Liu, who was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure (July 2014)

Joe's first paper on LPSIM was published in Nanoscale (Apr. 2014)

Lorenzo's first paper on emission enhancement inside hyperbolic metamaterials was published in Optics Express (Feb. 2014)

Dylan's work on spontaneous emission enhancement with hyperbolic metamaterials was published in Nature Nanotechnology (Jan.      2014)

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Congratulations to Feifei who successfully defended her Thesis! (Jan. 2014)

Prof. Liu received the DARPA Young Faculty Award 2013 (Aug. 2013)