I am a PhD candidate in Applied Physics, co-advised by Prof. George Schatz and Prof. Teri Odom.
I grew up in Shanghai, China, where I graduated with my B.S in Physics from Fudan University. My interest in light and matter interactions is rooted in my undergraduate research in metamaterials, photonic crystals, and DFT calculations of light harvesting materials.
I am currently studying the fundamental science of nanoplasmonic lasers. I am exploring plasmon-exciton interactions by using state-of-the-art photolithography techniques to accurately fabricate nanoscale devices, and applying finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations to predict and understand the optical processes. With the help of high resolution time correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) at Argonne National Lab, I also quantitatively study the dynamics of the plasmonic lasers.
In my free time, I am an active rock climber, a theatre animal and a foodie caught by a travel bug.