Surface plasmons, which are coherent oscillations of delocalized electrons at the interface of two materials, can concentrate and manipulate light at the nanoscale. We exploit unique optical, thermal, mechanical, electrical and chemical properties associated with surface plasmons to innovate a wide range of optical nanotechnologies in health, energy, manufacturing and national security. I present our progress in three areas: (1) multiband and chiral optical manipulations with moire metasurfaces and metamaterials, (2) versatile low-power opto-thermal manipulations of colloidal particles, biological cells and molecules, and (3) plasmonic control of energy transfer at complex interfaces. Applications in artificial matter, colloidal devices, rewritable nanophotonics, solar water splitting, catalysis, surface-enhanced molecular spectroscopy, sensing, cellular biology, molecular biology, pharmaceutics, oil industry, and water treatment are demonstrated.
His research group engage in highly interdisciplinary research to innovate a wide range of optical nanotechnologies in health, medicine, life sciences, energy, manufacturing, and national security. He has authored and co-authored over 150 journal papers, conference proceedings, book chapters and patents. Research projects have been supported by NIH, NSF, ONR, NASA, ARO, Beckman Foundation, 3M, and Exxonmobil etc.
Recent awards include 2017 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, 2017 NASA Early Career Faculty Award, 2017 ONR Young Investigator Award, 2016 Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Investigator, 2015 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 2015 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty