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Faculty Profile

Yongmin Liu

404 Dana Research Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • PhD (2009), Applied Science and Technology,
    University of California at Berkley

Research & Scholarship Interests

Nano optics, nanoscale materials and engineering, nano devices, plasmonics, metamaterials, and applied physics
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Department Research Areas

College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad (2009)
  • TIME magazine Top 10 Scientific Discoveries and 50 Best Inventions of 2008
  • DISCOVER magazine Top 100 Stories of 2008
  • International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) Scholarship Award (2008)
  • Tse-Wei Liu Memorial Fellowship (UC-Berkeley, 2008)
  • Block Grant Fellowship (UC-Berkeley, 2006, 2007)

Teaching Interests

  • Nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • Materials properties and processing
  • Dynamics and vibrations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)

Selected Publications

  • C. L. Zhao*, Y. M. Liu*, Y. H. Zhao, N. Fang and T. J. Huang, "Reconfigurable plasmofluidic lens", Nature Communications 4, 2350 (2013)
  • Y. M. Liu, S. Palomba, Y. Park, T. Zentgraf, X. B. Yin and X. Zhang, "Compact magnetic antennas for directional excitation of surface plasmons", Nano Letters 12, 4853 (2012)
  • Y. M. Liu and X. Zhang, "Recent advances in transformation optics" (invited review paper), Nanoscale 4, 5277 (2012)
  • T. Zentgraf*, Y. M. Liu*, M H. Mikkelsen*, J. Valentine and X. Zhang, "Plasmonic Luneburg and Eaton lenses", Nature Nanotechnology 6, 151 (2011)
  • Y. M. Liu and X. Zhang, "Metamaterials: a new frontier of science and technology" (invited review paper), Chemical Society Reviews 40, 2494 (2011)
  • S. C. Kehr*, Y. M. Liu*, L. W. Martin, P. Yu, M. Gajek, S.-Y. Yang, C.-H. Yang, M. T. Wenzel, R. Jacob, H.-G. von Ribbeck, M. Helm, X. Zhang, L. M. Eng and R. Ramesh, "Near-field examination of perovskite-based superlenses and superlens-enhanced probe-object coupling", Nature Communications 2, 249 (2011)
  • M. Liu, T. Zentgraf, Y. M. Liu, G. Bartal and X. Zhang, "Light-driven nanoscale plasmonic motors", Nature Nanotechnology 5, 570 (2010)
  • Y. M. Liu, T. Zentgraf, G. Bartal and X. Zhang, "Transformational plasmon optics", Nano Letters 10, 1991(2010)
  • J. Yao*, Z. W. Liu*, Y. M. Liu*, Y. Wang, C. Sun, G. Bartal, A. Stacy and X. Zhang, "Optical negative refraction in bulk metamaterials of nanowires", Science 321, 930 (2008)
  • Y. M. Liu, G. Bartal, D. A. Genov and X. Zhang, "Subwavelength discrete solitons in nonlinear metamaterials", Physical Review Letters 99, 153901 (2007)
  • W.L. Gao, F.Z. Fang, Y.M. Liu, S. Zhang "Chiral Surface Waves Supported by Biaxial Hyperbolic Metamaterials, Light: Science and Applications", 2015, e238
  • Z.B. Li, K. Yao, F.N. Xia, S. Shen, J.G. Tian, Y. M. Liu "Graphene Plasmonic Metasurfaces to Steer Infrared Light", Scientific Reports, 5, 2015, 12423
  • Q.H. Guo, W.L. Gao, J. Chen, Y.M. Liu, S. Zhang "Line Degeneracy and Strong Spin-orbit Coupling of Light with Bulk Bianisotropic Metamaterials", Physical Review Letters, 115,2015, e067402

    *Co-first-authors with equal contribution
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MIE/ECE Assistant Professor Yongmin Liu was awarded a $500K NSF CAREER award for "Spin Plasmonics for Ultrafast All-Optical Manipulation of Magnetization in Hybrid Metal-Ferromagnet Structures".

December 9, 2016

MIE/ECE Assistant Professor Yongmin Liu was selected as part of the inaugural cohort of SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing Rising Researchers . Local Coverage: The Boston Sun

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Professor Yongmin Liu , jointly appointed in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, has been named a 2017 SPIE Defense...

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