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  • We develop nanofactories for digital manufacturing of artificial matter and nanodevices from colloidal particles, wires and membranes as building blocks. We invent a series of low-power user-friendly optothermal tools for assembly of building blocks into complex architectures with computer control. 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 label-free enantiodiscrimination and enantioselective separation of chiral molecules to advance space life detection and studies of the origin and rules of life.

  • We develop low-cost, high-performance and user-friendly opto-thermo-fluidic lab on a chip to bring healthcare diagnostics and therapy to underserved areas. We merge photonics, thermodynamics, fluidics and artificial intelligence at the nanoscale to manipulate and interrogate biological cells, organelles and molecules at unprecedented levels in low-resource settings.


We innovate optical nanotechnologies for health, manufacturing, national security, energy and data revolutionOur mission is to:

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

Current projects in three coordinated research areas are mainly supported by NIH, NSF, ONR, NASA, ARO, Beckman Foundation, 3M, and Exxonmobil.

  Principal Investigator:

  Yuebing Zheng
  Department of Mechanical Engineering
  Materials Science and Engineering Program

  Texas Materials Institute
  The University of Texas at Austin
  204 E. Dean Keeton Street
  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]