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  • We develop optical assembly and disassembly to create designer materials in a programmable way. We have demonstrated bubble-pen lithography and plasmon-enhanced thermophoresis. We are developing light-directed LEGO-like construction of supraparticles, metasurfaces and metamaterials with colloidal particles as building blocksWe carry out simultaneous multiscale measurements of structures, dynamics and functions of the materials to establish the structure-property relationships. 

  • With the capability of surface plasmons in manipulating light at the nanoscale, molecular plasmonics bridges size mismatch between light and molecules. We aim to explore molecule-plasmon coupling with the single-nanoparticle and single-molecule measurements and to develop novel optical materials and devices for applications. Our recent achievements include rewritable integrated nanophotonics and chiral sensors.

  • We exploit plasmofluidics, which synergizes plasmonics and microfluidics for light and fluid manipulations at the micro/nanoscale, to innovate lab on a chip. In particular, we aim to develop (i) point-of-care biomedical devices that bring healthcare diagnostics to underserved areas while advancing study in life sciences and (ii) nanofactories that optically assemble designer materials and devices with colloidal particles as building blocks. 


We exploit the synergy among nanophotonics, microfluidics, and colloid and surface chemistry to innovate optical technologies in health, energy, manufacturing, and national securityOur mission is to:

  • advance fundamental understanding of light-matter interactions at the nanoscale;
  • develop and apply optically active materials and devices;
  • promote interdisciplinary trainings for students to understand and contribute to the multiple fields of engineering, science, and medicine.

We focus on three coordinated research areas

  Contact Information:

  Yuebing Zheng, Ph.D.
  Assistant Professor
  Department of Mechanical Engineering
  Materials Science and Engineering Program

  The University of Texas at Austin
  204 E. Dean Keeton Street, Stop C2200
  Austin, Texas 78712, United States

  Office: ETC 9.174
  Phone: (512) 471-0228

Featured Research

Rewritable Nanophotonics [Nano Letter ASAP]

Reversible Assembly [ACS Nano 10 (2016) 9659]

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