UC San Diego Materials Science and Engineering


Zhaowei  Liu

Zhaowei Liu

Associate Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering


Phone: 858-822-3470

Nanoscale science and technology, photonics, plasmonics, super-resolution microscopy, micro/nano manufacturing, metamaterials, biomedical imaging and sensing.

Professor Liu's research group is dedicating to a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field that bridges researches across disciplines especially in the areas of nanophotonics, plasmonics, nanomaterials and life science. The research topics are typically a combination of fundamental science exploration, engineering design and optimization, devices fabrication and characterization, and various applications. Liu's work has been in the emerging field of plasmonics (optics at nanoscale) and metarnaterials (artificial materials with unprecedented properties). He has been a principal driver of pioneering research in developing new concepts, devices and techniques such as far-field superlens, optical hyperlens, tunable plasmonic lens, 3D metamaterials for optical negative refraction, plasmonic interference lithography, and etc. Current research directions include but not limit to: high speed and high spatial resolution bioimaging and sensing, light control at nanoscale using plasmonic structures, development of novel nanofabrication techniques, bio-photonics.

Zhaowei Liu joined the Jacobs School of UCSD in 2008. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (MEMS/Nanotechnology) from UCLA in 2006. From 2006-08, Liu was a post-doctoral researcher in NSF Nanoscale Science & Engineering Center (NSEC) and Mechanical Engineering in UC Berkeley. His past research was focused in the fields of nanophotonics, nanoimaging and sensing, metarmaterials, plasmonics, micro/nanofabrication, and nonlinear optics. He is a member of OSA, SPIE, MRS, and IEEE. He is a recipient of the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award 2010. (See web page http://circuit.ucsd.edu/~zhaowei/)