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  • We develop distributed digital manufacturing of nanomaterials and nanodevices from nanoscale colloidal particles, wires and membranes as building blocks. We invent a series of user-friendly light-powered tools to sculpt and assemble the building blocks into complex architectures in an automated way. Inline metrology enables in-situ structural and functional measurements. 

  • Many of the basic molecular building blocks of life are chiral species. Chiral molecules are non-superimposable on their mirror images. We develop chiroptical devices that enable high-performance label-free enantiodiscrimination and enantioselective separation of chiral molecules to advance space life detection and to explore the origin and rules of life.

  • We develop light-powered nanorobots and lab-on-a-chip devices to bring healthcare diagnostics and therapy to underserved areas while advancing life sciences. Our robots and devices merge photonics, thermodynamics, fluidics and artificial intelligence at the nanoscale to interrogate and manipulate biological tissues, cells, organelles and molecules at an unprecedented level.


We focus on intelligent nanophotonics, which merges artificial intelligence and photonics at the nanoscaleOur mission:

  • improve fundamental understanding and control of light-matter interactions in complex nanosystems
  • develop intelligent optical materials, devices and tools to advance knowledge and applications in targeted fields
  • promote interdisciplinary trainings for students to understand and contribute to the multiple fields of science, engineering and medicine

Our research projects have been supported by NIH, NSF, ONR, NASA, ARO, Beckman Foundation, 3M, and Exxonmobil.

  Principal Investigator:

  Yuebing Zheng
  Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering
  Materials Science and Engineering Program

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  Department of Biomedical Engineering
  The University of Texas at Austin
  Austin, TX 78712, United States

  Phone: (512) 471-0228

Recent Publications

Featured Research

Reconfigurable Chiral Metamolecules [Materials Today (2019)]

Opto-Thermoelectric Nanotweezers [Nature Photonics (2018)]

Opto-Thermophoretic Tweezers [ACS Nano (2017)]

Rewritable Nanophotonics [Nano Lett. 16 (2016) 7655]

Opto-Thermophoretic Assembly [ACS Nano 10 (2016) 9659]

Bubble-Pen Lithography [Nano Lett. 16 (2016) 701]