Manipulating Light, Matter and Energy with Plasmonic Nanotechnology


Booker Conference Room #2512, Jacobs School of Engineering, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, San Diego, California 92093

Sponsored By:
Shaya Fainman

Yuebing Zheng
Yuebing Zheng


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.

Speaker Bio:
Yuebing Zheng is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He joined UT Austin in Fall 2013 after three years' postdoctoral research in Chemistry and Biochemistry (with Prof. Paul S. Weiss) at University of California, Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics (with Prof. Tony Jun Huang) from Pennsylvania State University in 2010. He received his M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Physics from National University of Singapore and Nankai University (China) in 2004 and 2001, respectively.

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

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