Research Groups

Nano-photonics Research Group

Basic information:

The Nanophotonics Innovation Team at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) is one of the key innovation teams supported by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission through the High-Level University Program. Prof. Qiwen Zhan (OSA Fellow; SPIE Fellow), a world-renown scientist in optics, serves as the Principal Investigator. The team builds upon the strength of the Optical Engineering discipline hosted within the School of Optical-Electrical and Computer Engineering at the USST. Nano-photonics with the utilization of multiple factors in the light field has become one of the key directions of future optics development and has been listed as one of the research directions of the 13th five-year strategy of the NSFC. In 2017, the state will also formally put "through precise control of physical interaction between light field and materials, a specific multi-dimensional (polarization, phase, frequency, amplitude, pulse width and mode field) time-space structure of a new type of light field has been obtained, then research how new light-field control systems, including atom molecule, and electron and artificial nano-micro structure, discover new phenomenon and reveal the new physics; and promote the cross-application of optics in the fields of information, chemistry, life science and materials " in the 2017 national major research plan, and will continue to be listed in the major research plan in the next five years! We will promote the original work in the field of future nanophotonics and occupy a commanding position.

The mission of the Nanophotonics Innovation Team is to establish a world-class research team and centre in fundamental and applied research areas of Nanophotonics with outstanding characteristics; to attract and cultivate a group of young innovative talents; to promote and strengthen international academic collaborations and exchanges, and to develop and transfer intellectual properties that address important issues with high societal impacts. Currently, the Nanophotonics Innovation Team has around 30 core faculties and research staff members with many international, national, ministerial and municipal level talent titles and accolades. All core members hold doctoral degrees from universally renowned universities along with extensive study and research experience overseas.

In the past five years, the team members have presided over many important scientific projects both at home and abroad, including the 973 programs of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the national key research and development program. In the previous research, 2 papers have been published in the international top academic journal Nature Photonics (IF: 37.852), and more than 10 papers have been published in the first zone of SCI journals, with one of the papers having been cited over 1400 times. The team has a profound research foundation and development potential in the field of nanophotonics.

Research direction:

Research areas of the team include Spatio-temporal engineering of light fields, nonlinear optics, micro-and nano-fabrication, nanomaterials, optical super-resolution imaging, nano-characterization and sensing. The team has a comfortable office and complete experimental conditions, including Light Field Control Laboratory, Ultrafast Optics Laboratory, Light Field Material Detection Laboratory, Opto-electronic Materials and Devices Laboratory, Integrated Optical Electro-Mechanical Laboratory, Super-resolution Imaging laboratory and Micro-nano Processing and Representation Platform of the whole-process chain, which can ensure the development of various scientific research work.

·Research on optical field theory: It mainly conducts the theoretical and experimental research on characteristics of the complex optical field, and studies a specific multi-dimensional (polarization, phase, frequency, amplitude, pulse width and mode field) time-space structure of a new type of light field and its basic theory, transmission characteristics, generation and characterization techniques. It focuses on the innovation on the theory of light field, especially the interaction mechanism of multiple elements of the light field, such as polarization and equality, and its comprehensive utilization.

·Research on micro-nano materials: In the field of nanophotonics research, the comprehensive utilization of multiple elements of the light field must be combined with specific artificial materials, such as micro-nano structure, by which various unique phenomena can be generated. Therefore, the team mainly focuses on the singular characteristics of the light field and conduct in-depth research on the special optical structure design, manufacturing and characterization.

·Research on the interaction between light field and micro-nano materials: Comprehensive utilization of many elements of light, the realization of complex light field control, combined with micro-nano structure (artificial materials), not only is the key to the future development of nanophotonics but also create new methods, new principles and new technologies in quantum communication, nano-optical integrated devices, optical invisibility (photon radiation orientation and enhancement), super-resolution imaging, nano machining and lithography, ultrahigh density data storage and other fields!

·Development of nano-photonic devices and instruments: Based on the concept of scientific research servicing society, the nanophotonics team conducts cutting-edge research on nanophotonics basic theory, combines the related scientific research with social demand of science and technology development, researches technology of various nanophotonic devices, develop relative instruments, promotes the industrialization of scientific and technological achievements. Thanks to these effects, the team has occupied the leading position at home and abroad in innovation and application in the field of nanophotonics.

Principal Investigator: Dr Zhan Qiwen, distinguished professor of nanophotonics and doctoral supervisor of USST. In 1996, he received his bachelor degree in physics from University of Science and Technology of China. In 2002, he received his bachelor degree in electronic engineering from University of Minnesota. In the same year, he serviced as an assistant professor (in 2002) in the department of electron optics at the University of Dayton, one of the U.S. five optical centres. He received his tenure as associate professor (in 2008), and later his tenure as professor (in 2012). He established Nano Electro-Optics Laboratories at the University of Dayton and assumed as director of the Fraunhofer research centre at the University of Dayton.

His research includes light field regulation and its interaction with micro-nano structure, nanophotonics, biological photonics, super-resolution imaging and characterization of nanostructures. His grant for hosting and participating research is over 11 million us dollars; he has published more than 120 papers in SCI journals, with citation more than 7,100 times; he has published 1 monograph and 7 monograph chapters; he has 6 authorized international patents, thereinto, high-resolution ellipsometry imaging near field Raman and other technologies have been transferred to industrial development in American and German companies.

Currently, he is vice editor of Optica of American Optics Society, editorial board member of Scientific Reports and Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation of Springer Nature and director of China optics society. Thanks to the pioneering work in the field of optical field control and micro-nanometer photonics, he was selected as Fellow of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) in 2012 and Fellow of The Optical Society of America (OSA) in 2013.

Honours (Achievements):

·the Shanghai Orientalists program, 2016

·Fellow of The Optical Society of America (OSA), 2013

·Fellow of Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), 2012

·Sigma Xi Society Noland Award, 2011

·Wang Haifeng, Shanghai Orientalists program, 2013

·Guo Hanming, "Shuguang" Talent Program of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and Shanghai Education Development Foundation, 2014

·Shanghai Youth Science and Technology Talents Program, 2008

·“Chenguang” Talent Program of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and Shanghai Education Development Foundation, 2007

·Gu Fuxing, Rao Yutai Basic Optics Award of the Chinese Optical Society, 2013

Contacts: Zhan Qiwen,

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