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  • We invent light-based tools to accelerate innovation in quantum technology and nanotechnology. We apply the tools to manipulate individual nanostructures and quantum states, manufacture architected nanomaterials and nanodevices, and measure properties at the individual and collective levels.

  • Many of the basic molecular building blocks of life are chiral species, which cannot be superimposed onto their mirror images. We develop nanomaterial-enhanced chiroptical measurement and manipulation for enantiodiscrimination and enantioselective separation of chiral molecules in biomedicine and astrobiology

  • We innovate light-based technologies for cellular analysis and engineering. We merge optics, fluidics, robotics, advanced materials, and machine learning at the nanoscale to manipulate and measure biological tissues, cells, bacteria, viruses, organelles, and molecules at the single-cell level.


We innovate optical manipulation, manufacturing, and measurement for quantum, nano, and biological worldOur mission is to:

  • improve fundamental understanding of light-matter interactions and multiphysics down to atomic scale;
  • develop machine learning models for optical inverse design and data analysis;
  • develop optically active materials, devices, and tools for applications in biomedicine, astrobiology, and information technology; and
  • promote interdisciplinary trainings in science, engineering, and medicine.

 Principal Investigator:

 Yuebing Zheng, Associate Professor                       William W. Hagerty Fellowship in Engineering 
 Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering
 Materials Science and Engineering Program
 The University of Texas at Austin
 Austin, TX 78712, United States
 Phone: 1 (512) 471-0228

We are also affiliated with Department of Electrical and  Computer Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Texas Materials Institute, Center for Electrochemistry, and Center for Planetary Systems Habitability.

Featured Research

Opto-Thermoelectric Pulling of Particles [LSA (2020)]

Solid-Phase Optical Tweezers [Nature Communications (2019)

Reconfigurable Chiral Metamolecules [Materials Today (2019)]

Opto-Thermoelectric Nanotweezers [Nature Photonics (2018)]

Opto-Thermophoretic Tweezers [ACS Nano (2017)]

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