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Lih Y. Lin

Email: lylin (at) uw (dot) edu
  • Editorial board, Scientific Reports, a Nature publication
  • IEEE Fellow, elected 2010
  • MIT Technology Review Award, 2003
  • (The current group members are arranged in alphabetical order by last name.)

    Dr. Chun-Ying Huang

    Email: qanda589 (at) uw (dot) edu

    Chun-Ying Huang came from Taiwan. He earned his B.S. M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2006, 2008, and 2011, respectively. His research field focused on nanostructures/nanomaterials for the next generation of photovoltaics (PV) devices and light emitting diodes (LED). After military service, he joined TSMC Solar in 2012 to develop the CIGS solar cell technology. TSMC Solar's parent company is TSMC which is the world's first and largest semiconductor foundry. After that, he worked for Daxin Material Corporation on optoelectronic measurement from 2014 to 2016. Daxin Material Corporation is a design house for chemical materials, whose parent company is AU Optronics Corp. Currently, he is a visiting scholar in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, working in the Photonics Lab.

    Peifeng Jing

    Email: peifen11 (at) uw (dot) edu

    Peifeng received his B.S. in the Department of Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China in 2012. He is now in UWEE Photonics group and pursuing his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering. He currently works on nanostructure-enhanced laser tweezers.
    Peifeng is from Taiyuan, China and spends his spare time on hiking, reading fictions and playing table tennis and badminton.

    Ethan Keeler

    Email: egkeeler (at) uw (dot) edu

    Ethan received his BS degree in electrical engineering from Montana State University in 2012. He then worked as a research associate at MSU, conducting research on the development and fabrication of nanostructures for interdisciplinary optical applications. He is now pursuing a graduate degree in electrical engineering, and his research is currently focused on MEMS resonators and applications in cellular mass sensing.
    Ethan grew up in Montana, and in his free time, he enjoys all things the Great Outdoors have to offer, including rafting, hiking, fishing, and camping.


    Yannan Liu

    Email: liuy78 (at) uw (dot) edu

    Yannan Liu is a senior student in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington, with concentration in EM. He is from Leshan, Sichuan, China and finished his high school there. He likes physics since high school and enjoys the research project he works on in the Photonics Lab. He plans on pursuing graduate study in the area of EM and photonics next year.
    During spare time, Yannan enjoys reading, calligraphy and sports. He also likes great foods and traveling.

    Erin Sanehira

    Email: sanehira (at) uw (dot) edu

    Erin received her B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Rochester in 2011. She is currently pursuing a PhD in electrical engineering. Her research focuses the development of flexible, lightweight quantum dot solar cells.
    Erin is from Mililani, Hawaii, but sadly, does not dance hula, play the ukulele or speak any Hawaiian. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and watching cat videos online.

    Chen Zou

    Email: chenzou (at) uw (dot) edu

    Chen Zou received his B.S. in the Department of Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China in 2015. He is now pursuing his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering at UW.
    Chen grew up in Jingdezhen, China, a city famous for manufacturing china. In his spare time, he often enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, photography, playing soccer and tennis. He is also a music fan, often plays guitar and sings songs in his leisure time.

    Group Alumni

    Graduate Students:

    Below is a list of our former graduate students, their graduation year, dissertation/thesis title, and where they are after graduation.

    Jingda Wu (PhD 2016): "Flexible photodetection on colloidal quantum dot-cellulose composite structures." Postdoc at University of British Columbia.
    Conner Ballew (MS 2016): "Design and fabrication of nanocavity lasers." Pursuing PhD in Cal Tech.
    Matthew Strathman (PhD 2014): "Dynamic focus-tracking MEMS scanning micromirror for an endoscopic, optical coherence tomography based imaging system." Maxim Integrated
    Yunbo Liu (MS 2014): "Time-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) for MEMS-based endoscopic application." Pursuing PhD in U Michigan
    Danling Wang (PhD 2013): "Trace explosive sensor devices based on semiconductor nanomaterials" (co-advise with Dr. Antao Chen). Tenure-track faculty at North Dakota State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Cameron Simmons (MS 2012): "Large infrared optical tweezer array." Coherent, Inc.
    Katherine Lugo (2012)
    Ludan Huang (PhD 2011): "Solution processed nanophotonic devices based on colloidal semiconductor quantum dots and plasmonic metal nanoparticles." Lam Research
    Chang-Ching Tu (PhD 2011): "Colloidal quantum dot photovoltaics and photodetectors fabricated by electrostatic layer-by-layer self-assembly." Founder of LumiSands, Inc.
    M. Hassan Arbab (PhD 2011): "Terahertz spectroscopy for chemical detection and burn characterization" (co-advise with Dr. Antao Chen). Tenure-track faculty at SUNY Stony Brook Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Joseph Peach (PhD 2010): "Dielectrophoretic field-flow fractionation devices for DNA and microparticle characterization" (co-advise with Prof. Vikram Jandhyala). Intel
    Matthew Horning (MS 2010): Intellectual Ventures Lab
    Benjamin Wilson (MS 2007, PhD 2009): MS thesis "Polarization control via tunable form-birefringent PDMS nanostructures," PhD dissertation "Manipulation of nanoparticles and biological samples through enhanced optical forces." Intellecture Ventures Lab
    Michael Hegg (PhD 2008): "Near-Field photodetection with high spatial resolution by nanocrystal quantum dots."
    Xiaoyu Miao (MS 2006, PhD 2008): MS thesis "Opto-plasmonic tweezers for manipulation and rotation of micro/nano objects-design and fabrication," PhD dissertation "Plasmonics for micro/nano manipulation and optofluidics." Playground Global
    Nathaniel Burt (MS 2007): "Compact fiber-optic hydrophones for towed surveying arrays." Intel
    Chia-Jean Wang (MS 2004, PhD 2007): MS thesis "Nanophotonic waveguides by self-assembled quantum dots," PhD dissertation "Sub-diffraction quantum dot nanophotonic waveguides." Amazon

    Undergraduate Researchers and Independent-Study Graduate Students:

    We thank these undergraduate and graduate students (from UW EE unless otherwise noted) who have contrubuted to our research.

    Michael Choquer (2017)
    Chuchuan Hong (2016)
    Kasia Gibson, Northestern University BioE/EE, NSF REU (2015 and 2017)
    Ian Guertin, UW Physics (2015)
    Sen Mau (2015), Founder of
    Xu Dong (2014-2015), Columbia University EE MS program
    William Thing (2014)
    Xin Dang (2014)
    Michael Bathurst, UW EE/Math (2014)
    Qiong Lin (2014)
    Nan Jiang (2013-2014), USC Computer Science MS program
    Sun Ming Kim (2013-2014), UW EE PhD program
    Alex Tan (2013), Cornell Master of Engineering program
    Wenjie Zheng (2012-2013), Tesla Motors
    Chanwei (Denis) Chang (2011-2012), Boeing
    Chih-Chi Chang (2010)
    Stephanie Bachar, MIT Bioengineering, Amgen Scholar (2009)
    Tim Mentele, UW Bioengineering, Amgen Scholar (2008-2009), Juno Therapeutics, Inc.
    Milad Hashemi (2007-2008), UT Austin ECE PhD program
    Stanley Gu, UW Bioengineering, Amgen Scholar (2007), UW Bioengineering PhD program
    Mei Liu (2004-2007)
    Jason Harrigan, UW EE/Physics (2007), Intermec Technologies
    Jodi Sprague (2005), Intel
    Haojie Liao (2004-2005)