My research focuses on nanostructures and devices that strongly enhance the mechanical effects of light at GHz frequencies and above. These optical-force enabled devices provide new ways to control nanoscale fluid flow, to process broadband signals in micrometer length scales, and to realize optical functions beyond the limit of static materials. The strong coupling between light and vibration allows us to overcome many inherent limits in photonics and fluidic mechanics made of time-independent structures. We aim to combine the best of the both worlds in nanophotonics and nanomechanics, with the ultimate goal of enabling integrated photonic-mechanical-fluidic systems at sub-micron scales.

Awards and Achievements

  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award ( 2014)
  • Sloan Research Fellowship ( 2013)
  • Technology Review TR35 Award ( 2012)