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Openings: We are always looking for talented Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars with research interests in optics, microfluidics, surface chemistry, and related areas.  Research assistantships will be provided to highly motivated candidatesQualified prospective students are encouraged to apply to the graduate program in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science and EngineeringFor inquiry, please send your CV to zheng@austin.utexas.edu. Please note that not all emails will be replied..

Mingsong Wang has been selected to receive a University Graduate Continuing Fellowship for 2017-2018, speaking highly of his record of accomplishments (March 2017).

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been featured by X-MOL资讯 and X-MOL 化学平台 as "纳米复合材料实现光波导器件的全光学重复可擦写". (March 2017)

Dr. Zheng received Young Investigator Award from Office of Naval Research (February 2017). ME News; TMI News

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been featured in a Wall Street Daily article "Nanotechnology: How Miniscule Science Will Save Mankind" by Editorial Director. (January 2017)

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been reported as "New Nanomaterial Allows Rewritable Optical Components" by Materials Today. (December 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been featured as "Nanotechnology in a Bubble" in Book "Nanotechnology: The Future is Tiny" by Michael Berger (2016).

Our work "Moire Nanosphere Lithography" has been featured as "Novel Nanosphere Lithography to Fabricate Tunable Plasmonic Metasurfacesin Book "Nanotechnology: The Future is Tiny" by Michael Berger (2016).

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been reported as "Military Nano Drones Controlled Remotely Behind Enemy Lines, Made Possible by Nanophotonics-Based Rewritable Chips" by Science World Report. (December 2016)

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been reported as "Novel Nanomaterial Enables Rewritable Optical Circuits" in IEEE Spectrum. (December 2016)

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been reported as "Novel Nanotech Material Could Pay Huge Dividends" by R&D Magazine. (December 2016)

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been reported as "A new nanomaterial chip has been made that can erase information by merely a flashing light" by Pakistanclip. (December 2016)

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been reported as "新型材料的发现使可擦除、可复写光学芯片的制造成为可能" by DSTI.net. (December 2016)

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been reported as "新型材料的发现使可擦除、可复写光学芯片的制造成为可能" by 网易. (December 2016)

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been reported as "James Bond-style erasable, rewritable chips in the offing" by Indianexpress. (December 2016)

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been reported as "New material could lead to erasable and rewriteable optical chips" by Nanowerk. (December 2016)

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been reported as "New material could lead to erasable and rewriteable optical chips" by Phys.org. (December 2016)

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been reported as "Engineers erase and rewrite data on optical chips" in Newelectronics. (December 2016)

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been reported as "Newly Developed Nanomaterial can be Stepping Stone for Rewritable Nanophotonic Circuits" in Azonano. (December 2016)

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been reported as "New material could lead to erasable and rewriteable optical chips" by ScienceDaily. (December 2016)

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been reported as "James Bond-style erasable, rewritable chips in the offing" by Tribuneindia. (December 2016)

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been highlighted as "New material could lead to erasable and rewriteable optical chips" by Eurekalert. (December 2016)

Our work "Photoswitchable Rabi Splitting in Hybrid Plasmon-Waveguide Modeshas been highlighted as "Optically rewritable integrated nanophotonics with hybrid plasmon-waveguide modes" by D4Sci. (December 2016)

Dr. Zheng has been selected as one of the Chemical Communications Emerging Investigators (November 2016).

Our work "Tunable Graphene Metasurfaces with Gradient Features by Self-assembly-based Moiré Nanosphere Lithography" has been featured as an inside cover of Advanced Optical Materials. (November 2016)

Undergraduate student Majd A Alabandi is one of six finalists for the 2016 Texas Student Research Showdown. His research on "Integrating Mobile App Software with Bubble Pen Lithography" aims to develop a friendly haptic user interface to give users a real nanofabrication experience. (October 2016)

Our work "Dual-Band Moiré Metasurface Patches for Multifunctional Biomedical Applicationshas been highlighted as "A multifunctional biophotonic platform enabled by moire metasurfacesby "Nanowerk". (October 2016)

Mingsong has received Fall 2016 Professional Develompment Award. (October 2016)

Undergraduate student Majd A Alabandi discusses his research on "Integrating Mobile App Software with Bubble Pen Lithography." (October 2016)

Our work "Light-Directed Reversible Assembly of Plasmonic Nanoparticles Using Plasmon-Enhanced Thermophoresis" has been highlighted as "Thermophoresis assembles plasmonic nanoparticles" by "Nanotechweb". (September 2016)

Our work "Light-Directed Reversible Assembly of Plasmonic Nanoparticles Using Plasmon-Enhanced Thermophoresis" has been highlighted as "Plasmon-enhanced thermophoresis for the reversible assembly of plasmonic nanoparticles" by "Nanowerk". (September 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "纳米光刻:激光泡沫笔光刻技术仿造胶体纳米颗粒" by 微头条 (September 2016).

Bubble-pen lithography for nanomanufacturing (August 2016).

Our work "Tunable Graphene Metasurfaces with Gradient Features by Self-assembly-based Moiré Nanosphere Lithography"  has been highlighted as "Tunable Graphene Metasurfaces with Gradient Features" by "Materials Views" (August 2016).

Our work "Tunable Graphene Metasurfaces with Gradient Features by Self-assembly-based Moiré Nanosphere Lithography"  has been highlighted as “Nanosphere lithography makes graphene moiré metasurface” by Nanotechweb (August 2016).

Dr. Zheng has been selected as one of the Journal of Materials Chemistry  Emerging Investigators (August 2016).

Our work "Tunable Graphene Metasurfaces with Gradient Features by Self-assembly-based Moiré Nanosphere Lithography"  has been featured as a Nanowerk spotlight article "Moire Nanosphere Lithography allows fabrication of large-area tunable graphene metasurfaces" (August 2016).

Xiaolei Peng and Bharath Rajeeva have been awarded Continuing Graduate Fellowship (August 2016). 

We are organizing a symposium on Functional Plasmonics at 2016 MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA (27 November-2 December, 2016).

We successfully organized a FocusSession: Micro-/nano-manipulations: Fundamentals and Applications at Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS) 2016 in Shanghai, China (8-11 August, 2016). Thank you all for your participation! 

We have been awarded a Graduate School Mentoring Fellowship for 2016-2017.

Our work "Regioselective Localization and Tracking of Biomolecules on Single Gold Nanoparticles" has been highlighted as "Biomolecule tracking with gold nanoparticles" by MaterialsViews (March 2016).  

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "Bubble-Pen Lithography Deftly Handles Nanoparticle" by Photonics Spectra (March 2016)

Xiaolei Peng won the Poster Competition Prize at 2016 ASME NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology Conference. He presented his work on "Plasmonic Tweezers for Biology and Medicine: towards Low-Power and Versatile Manipulations of Cells and Biomolecules" (Feburary 2016).

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "Nanolithography: Laser bubble-pen lithography patterns colloidal nanoparticles" by LaserFocusWorld (Februay 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "Bubble-Pen Lithography Deftly Handles Nanoparticle" by SPIE BACUS Newsletter (Februay 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "Bubble-pen writes new chapter for nanomaterials" by Materials Today (February 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted in Editor's Choice as "Patterning colloids with microbubbles" by Science (January 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "Laser-driven bubble-pen developed for fabricating tiny structures" by Engineering.com (January 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "‘Bubble pen’ can precisely write patterns with nanoparticles as small as 1 nanometer" by Kurzweil.net (January 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "Engineers invent a bubble-pen to write with nanoparticles" by Opli (January 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "Engineers use laser beams to write with bubbles" by eeDesignIt (January 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "Writing Nanoparticles with a Bubble-Pen" by WorldIndustrialReport (January 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "Engineers invent a bubble-pen to write with nanoparticles" by ScienceDaily (January 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "Scientists write with nanoparticles utilizing a laser and a bubble" by XENERO (January 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted in popular Indian newspapers Business Standard, NDTV, Financial Express, and India Today (January 2016).

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" was featured on Daily Planet Show by Discovery Channel-Canada (January 19 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "Laser-Driven 'Bubble Pen' Patterns Nanoparticles" by IEEE Spectrum (January 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been featured as "UT breakthrough on nanoparticles makes Ant-Man look like Sasquatch" by Statesman (January 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "Researchers Develop Lithographic Pen for Nanoparticles" by The Daily Texan (January 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "科学家利用激光气泡即可操纵纳米粒子" by 网易科技激光网激光制造网响水新闻网, 电子成品世界Chinese Academy of Sciences (January 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "Bubble-Pen Lithography Deftly Handles Nanoparticle" by Photonics.com (January 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as Research News "Bubble-Pen Lithography" by OSA Optics&Photonics News (January 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "Innovative Bubble-Pen Lithography Enables Efficient Handling of Nanoparticles" by AzoNano (January 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "Engineers Invent a Bubble-Pen to Write with Nanoparticles" in UT News (January 2016)

Our work "Thermodynamic synthesis of solution processable ladder polymers" is featured as outside front cover article by journal Chemical Science (January 2016).  

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "神奇的泡沫笔光刻技术" in Cailiaoren (材料人)(January 2016)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "Writing With a Bubble Pen" in ChemistryViews (January 2016)

Our award-winning image was featured in call-for-paper for 2016 IEEE Photonics Conference, 29th Annual Conference of the IEEE Photonics Society (January 2016).

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted in Black in America (December 2015).

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted in Cool Physics (December 2015).

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted in Gentaur (December 2015).

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted in Opennano (December 2015).

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted in Nanotec (December 2015).

Our work "Tunable multiband metasurfaces by moiré nanosphere lithography" has been featured as one of HOT Nanoscale articles published in 2015 (December 2015). 

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been highlighted as "Bubble-pen lithography patterns nanodevices" in Nanotechweb (December 2015)

Our work "Bubble-Pen Lithography" has been featured as a Nanowerk spotlight article "Nanotechnology in a Bubble" (December 2015). 

Our work on "Engineering of Parallel Plasmonic-Photonic Interactions for On-Chip Refractive Index Sensors" is featured as research news by Atlas of Science (December 2015).

Our work "Thermodynamic synthesis of solution processable ladder polymers" has been featured as one of Hot Chemical Science articles for December (December 2015).

Bharath Rajeeva was selected to receive the Fall 2015 Professional Development Award (October 2015).

Our paper "Tunable Multiband Metasurfaces by Moire Nanosphere Lithography" is featured as outside front cover by journal Nanoscale (October 2015). 

Our paper "Regioselective Localization and Tracking of Biomolecules on Single Gold Nanoparticles" is featured as frontispieces by journal Advanced Science (October 2015). 

Our paper "Plasmofluidics: Merging Light and Fluids at the Micro-/Nano-Scale" is featured as frontispieces by journal Small (September 2015). 

Our work on “Blossom in Photosynthesis” won the IEEE Photonics Society Image Contest and is featured as the cover of the October 2015 issue of the IEEE Photonics Society Newsletter (August 2015).

Mingsong Wang has been selected to receive the Warren A. and Alice L. Meyer Endowed Scholarship in Engineering (July 2015).

Bharath Rajeeva has been selected to receive the 2015-2016 George J. Heuer, Jr. Ph.D. Endowed Graduate Fellowship from the Cockrell School of Engineering (July 2015).

Zilong Wu has been selected to receive Summer 2015 Professional Development Award (July 2015).

Bharath Rajeeva has been selected to receive the Harris L. Marcus Graduate Fellowship in Materials Science & Engineering (July 2015).

"Moire Nanosphere Lithography" has been featured as a Nanowerk spotlight article "Novel Nanosphere Lithography to Fabricate Tunable Plasmonic Metasurfaces" (June 2015).

Dr. Zheng has been selected as one of the Analyst Emerging Investigators (June 2015).

Dr. Zheng has been selected to receive the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (May 2015). Oak Ridge Today

Zilong Wu has been selected to receive the 2015 Graduate Student Conference Grant to give talks at the SPIE meeting in San Diego (April 2015).

Dr. Zheng gave an invited talk at the symposium in honor of Prof. Paul S. Weiss at the ACS Meeting Denver 2015. Congratulations, Paul!

Dr. Zheng serves as an Associate Editor of Journal of Electronic Materials (Springer).

Our research on mobile medical tools was featured in "16 Amazing Science Breakthroughs from 2014".

Dr. Zheng received Asian/Asian-American Faculty Staff Association Professional Development Award (February 2015).

Dr. Zheng received 3M Nontenured Faculty Award (February 2015).

Dr. Zheng serves as an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports, a journal from Nature Publishing Group, the publishers of Nature (February 2015).

Dr. Zheng serves as an Associate Editor of journal "Applied Nanoscience" (Springer).

"Viologen-Mediated Assembly of and Sensing with Carboxylatopillar[5]arene-Modified Gold Nanoparticles” (JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2013, 135(4) : 1570-1576) was among the “Top 100 Most Cited Chinese Papers Published in International Journals in 2013” according to the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (October 2014).

We thank Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation for the generous support of our research through Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Award to Dr. Zheng. The BYI Program with grants in the range of $750,000 is “intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.” (16 August 2014). UT NewsABCLonghorn Network.

Dr. Zheng gave an invited talk at the Workshop on "Flexible SERS Substrates: Challenges and Opportunities" at Washington University in St. Louis. The workshop is sponsored by Army Research Lab, Army Research Office and Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (25-26 June 2014).

Dr. Zheng chaired a session and gave a talk at the CLEO conference (8-13 June 2014).

Dr. Zheng co-chaired a session on "Plasmonics Enhanced Devices" at the OSA Incubator Nanophotonic Devices: Beyond Classical Limits, OSA Headquarters, Washtington DC (14-16 May 2014).

Dr. Zheng has been awarded the Graduate School Alumni Soceity (GSAS) Early Career Award by The Pennsylvania State University. The award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated exceptional success in their chosen field within the first ten years after obtaining their graduate degrees (4 April 2014). Related: Two Penn State graduate alumni recognized for early career achievements (24 April 2014).

National Photonics Initiative Launched (July 2013).

"Photoresponseive Molecules in Well-Defined Nanoscale Environments" was featured as Cover Article by journal Advanced Materials (18 January 2013).

On "Solar Cells and Solar Cell Windows"

MRS Materials 360 (front page) story Transparent Solar Cells Turn Windows into Power Generators (9 August 2012)

The Latest Science Paper of the Month (9 August 2012)

LA Times story UCLA's new transparent solar film could be game-changer (28 July 2012)

American Public Media's Marketplace interview with Yang Yang and Paul Weiss New transparent solar panels could be used as windows (25 July 2012)

ABC News This Could Be Big interview with Yang Yang and Paul Weiss Flexible See-Through Solar Cells for the 21st Century (25 July 2012)

Time Magazine story Windows that Generate Electricity from Invisible Light? Is This the Future or What? (24 July 2012)

Daily Mail story How your windows could be the future of electricity: Scientists create transparent solar panels out of 'glass-like' plastic (23 July 2012)

Slate Magazine story New Transparent Polymer Solar Cells Could Cover Skyscrapers and Tablets (23 July 2012)

Materials Today story Highly transparent solar cells (23 July 2012)

PC World story Researchers Develop Solar Panels That Still Let the Sunlight Through (23 July 2012)

New Energy and Fuel story Can UCLA Save Solar Panels? (23 July 2012)

AzoNano story Silver Nanowire Composite Films Used In Transparent Polymer Solar Cells (22 July 2012)

UCLA story UCLA researchers create highly transparent solar cells for windows that generate electricity (20 July 2012)

French Tribune story UCLA Researchers Discover Transparent Solar Cells Generating Electricity (21 July 2012)

ANI story Soon, 'smart' windows that generate electricity (21 July 2012)

Tehran Times story UCLA researchers create highly transparent solar cells for windows that generate electricity (21 July 2012)

UPI story New solar cells may bring 'power' windows (20 July 2012)

KCET story UCLA Engineers Develop Transparent Photovoltaic Cells (20 July 2012)

Physics News stories Scientists create highly transparent solar cells for windows that generate electricity (20 July 2012)

Laser Focus World story Transparent photovoltaic cell from UCLA absorbs and converts IR (20 July 2012)

Science Tech Daily story Highly Transparent Polymer Solar Cell Produces Energy by Absorbing Near-Infrared Light (20 July 2012)

Sciece Codex story UCLA researchers create highly transparent solar cells for windows that generate electricity (20 July 2012)

eScience News story UCLA researchers create highly transparent solar cells for windows that generate electricity (20 July 2012)

Science Business story Highly Transparent Solar Cells Developed for Window Glass (20 July 2012)

AzoNano story Novel Method to Produce Highly Conductive, Flexible Electrodes Using Silver Nanowires (23 November 2011)

Science Daily story Highly Efficient Method for Creating Flexible, Transparent Electrodes Developed (22 November 2011)

Softpedia story New Avenue to Transparent Electrodes Pursued at UCLA (22 November 2011)

eScience News story UCLA team develops highly efficient method for creating flexible, transparent electrodes (22 November 2011)

Chemical & Engineering News story Easy Method Produces Flexible Transparent Electrodes (8 November 2011)

CNSI story Easy Method Produces Flexible Transparent Electrodes (8 November 2011)