2014 - 2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Columbia University
2015 - 2017 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University
2017 - present Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
2007 Tsung-Dao Lee Fellowship, Fudan University
2009 Power Award, UC Berkeley
2011 Anselmo John Macchi Fellowship, UC Berkeley
2013 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Student Aboard
2013 MRS Graduate Student Award Gold Medalist
2014 Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute Thesis Prize Award
2017 APS Division of Materials Physics Post-Doctoral Travel Award
Two-dimensional (2D) material is the thinnest material humans have ever made. It has only one or a few atoms in thickness, one million times thinner than a piece of paper. The successful isolation and manipulation of atomically thin 2D materials have ushered in a new era of fundamental scientific research and technological innovation. Since the discovery of graphene, an ever-growing class of 2D materials has been identified to exhibit extraordinary properties distinctive from their bulk counterparts. For example, monolayers of materials such as those in the transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) family exhibit direct band gaps, strong light-matter interactions, access to the valley degree of freedom, and largely reduced Coulomb screening, which has triggered a lot of interest in electronic and optoelectronic applications.
So far, optical spectroscopy has been an indispensable tool for characterizing 2D materials. For example, we have utilized ultrafast nonlinear optical spectroscopies to reveal the crystal and electronic structure of TMDCs. In the future, we are interested in developing novel scanning nearfield optical microscopy techniques to interrogate the material's intrinsic many-body response with subdiffractional resolution. Moreover, we plan to leverage the extreme thickness of 2D materials and the ultra-strong field within the laser light to coherently control the material's physical properties, such as the valley and topological degrees of freedom in the electronic bandstructure.
More details about my research interests can be found on this page.
The selected and full publication lists can be found here.