Celebrating Our Students’ Success: ECE Fellowship and Award Recipients!

I am thrilled to announce that our students have excelled in securing prestigious fellowships and awards!

  • Henry (Hanwei) Wang has been honored with the Paul D. Coleman Outstanding Research Award;
  • Shensheng Zhao has been awarded the Elsa and Floyd Dunn Award;
  • Xiaodong Ye is the recipient of both the Promise of Excellence Fellowship and the Tadao Murata Graduate Fellowship;
  • Binh Minh Nguyen has received the John and Sheila Woythal Scholarship and the Edward C. Jordan Award;
  • David Song has been awarded the Frank C. Mock Scholarship;
  • Jiho Choi has received the Russell E. Berthold Scholarship;
  • Akshat Mehrotra has been honored with the Samsung Technology Track Scholarships;

Congratulations to all the award winners on their remarkable achievements!

Yang receives the Dean’s Award for Innovation Impact!

Yang receives the 2023-2024 Dean’s Award for Innovation Impact – Assistant Professor! This award recognizes exceptional individuals who are working at the early stages of the innovation life cycle to turn their research into products that benefit the world.

Yang gives an invited webinar of the “Photothermal Microscopy and Spectroscopy Webinar” series

Yang delivered an invited talk at the esteemed Photothermal Microscopy and Spectroscopy Webinar series. to Subhasis Adhikari, Andrea Kramer, Frank Cichos, and Michel Orrit for extending this invitation and for their exceptional work in organizing this insightful seminar series.

Check out the “Photothermal Microscopy and Spectroscopy Webinar” organized by the University of Leipzig, Germany, and the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. There are many interesting talks!

Our paper is now published in Nature Communications!

I am thrilled to announce the publication of our latest paper, ‘Visualizing ultrafast photothermal dynamics with decoupled optical force nanoscopy‘, in Nature Communications! A big shout-out and congratulations to all the authors, and heartfelt thanks to Prof. Catherine Murphy’s and Prof. Yun-Sheng Chen’s teams for their amazing collaboration in making this happen.

See the press release here: https://bit.ly/3GC8OGW

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Our paper is highlighted by March issue of Advanced Materials & Processes magazine: https://static.asminternational.org/amp/202403/12/

Our research is accepted for publication in Nature Communications!

I am thrilled to announce that our recent paper, “Visualizing Ultrafast Photothermal Dynamics with Decoupled Optical Force Nanoscopy”, is now accepted for publication in Nature Communications! This work is in collaboration with Prof. Yun-Sheng Chen at ECE and Prof. Catherine Murphy at Chemistry. Congratulations to Henry (Hanwei) Wang and the coauthors!

Congratulations to Hanwei, Xiaodong, and Josh, for winning the Best Project Award at IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference!

I am thrilled to announce that my students, Henry (Hanwei) Wang, Xiaodong Ye, and Josh Yu, have been awarded the prestigious Best Project Award at the IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference and Expo! This is an outstanding achievement and a testament to their exceptional talent, creativity, dedication, and teamwork. I am beyond excited and immensely proud of this extraordinary team! Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition!

Our collaborated work is now published in Nature Communications!

We are proud to be part of the groundbreaking research, “Hybrid photoacoustic and fast super-resolution ultrasound imaging”, recently published in Nature Communications! Congratulations to the first author, Shensheng Zhao, and the rest of the team for their outstanding work and contributions. For more details on this exciting development, please visit the following link: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-023-37680-w.



We are hiring!

Prospective lab members should email a CV that summarizes their research skills and interests to Prof. Yang Zhao

Postdoctoral Fellows:
We currently have one position opening for postdocs. Candidates in the fields of optics, nanophotonics, biophysics, and atomic force microscopy are preferred.

Graduate Students:
We are actively looking for exceptionally qualified graduate students with a background in Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering/Biology, Materials Science, and Physics/Applied Physics to join our lab.

Undergraduate Students:
We welcome UIUC undergraduates who are interested in gaining research experience in the areas of biophotonic devices, microscopy, nano-optics and nanophotonics. Please note that we generally discourage short term projects (single semester) since there is a significant amount of training required prior to participating in one of our research programs. Students, who are interested in long-term (two semesters or longer) intensive research projects, are highly encouraged to contact Prof. Zhao.