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        Our research efforts concentrate on focusing photon and sound into sub-wavelength scales. While we emphasize on new insights of material and device design from fundamental approaches, we also actively pursue the applications of our technology in the areas of energy conversion, communication, and biomedical imaging.
        At one end, we study basic wave-material interactions from excitation of basic building blocks. Our work at this end of the spectrum has led to the invention of new class of functional metamaterials, such as optical metamaterials with aims of breaking the diffraction limit, and acoustic metamaterials of negative stiffness, for bending and trapping sound and elastic waves in engineered spaces.
        At the other end of the spectrum, we develop new micro/nanofabrication and characterization processes that are needed for these novel metamaterials. Our research effort in this area includes invention of nanoscale ionic manufacturing methods, coupled with computation models of ionic transport in the solid electrolyte. We also explore these novel materials and nanofabrication processes to a range of important applications, such as: thin film optical metamaterials for photochemical energy conversion, as well as acoustic metamaterials for manipulation of shock waves.

  • New ultrastiff, ultralight material
    Nanostructured material based on repeating microscopic units has record-breaking stiffness at low density.
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  • Harnessing the Speed of Light
    Nicholas Fang pushes the limits of light to improve performance in communication, fabrication, and medical imaging.
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  • Group Forum
    8 AM ~ 6 PM, Sept. 7th, 2013 (Saturday)
    Room 3-333, MIT
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  • Eunnie Lee presents "Plasmonic angular momentum transfer at scattering-dependent multipole modes" on SPIE Optics+Photonics 2013. (08-29-2013)

  •  Fan Wang presents "Quantum mechanical modeling of nonlinear surface plasmon polaritons" on SPIE Optics+Photonics 2013. (08-28-2013)
      Funding Sponsors

NSF   DARPA   AFOSR   LLNL-LDRD   DTRA   ONR MURI
ARO-Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology    SubMeta.Org    Samsung
MISTI Great China Innovation Fund    BASF-MIT consortium   
Masdar Institute-MIT collaboration