About Us

The prime motivation of our lab is to challenge the forefront of science and technology. We strive to pursue solid experimental work in addition to theoretical modeling. Our research focuses on the interaction of light with nanostructures that leads to exotic electromagnetic properties, which could be applied to the field of metamaterials, plasmonics, electronics, photonics, energy, acoustics, imaging, sensing and biology.


  • Nature, August 2014
  • Nature Nanotechnology, July 2014
  • Nature Communications, July 2014
  • Nature Communications, June 2014
  • Science, May 2014
  • Science, Dec 2013

Recent Publications

[249]Ziliang Ye, Ting Cao, Kevin O’Brien, Hanyu Zhu, Xiaobo Yin, Yuan Wang, Steven G. Louie & Xiang Zhang, "Probing excitonic dark states in single-layer tungsten disulphide", Nature, 513, 214-218.
[248]Ion-Hong Chao, Liang Pan, Cheng Sun, Xiang Zhang and Adrienne S. Lavine, "A Coupled Electromagnetic and Thermal Model for Picosecond and Nanometer Scale Plasmonic Lithography Process", Journal of Micro and Nano-Manufacturing, 2(3), 031003.
[247]Jia Zhu, Kedar Hippalgaonkar, Sheng Shen, Kevin Wang, Yohannes Abate, Sangwok Lee, Junqiao Wu, Xiaobo Yin, Arun Majumdar, Xiang Zhang, "Temperature-Gated Thermal Rectifier for Active Heat Flow Control", Nano Letters, 14 (8).
[246]Ren-Min Ma, Sadao Ota, Yimin Li, Sui Yang, Xiang Zhang, "Explosives detection in a lasing plasmon nanocavity", Nature Nanotechnology, 9, 600-604.
[245]Peng Zhang, Tongcang Li, Jie Zhu, Xuefeng Zhu, Sui Yang, Yuan Wang, Xiaobo Yin, Xiang Zhang, "Generation of acoustic self-bending and bottle beams by phase engineering", Nature Communications, 5, 4316.

More Publications

Lab News

Aug 2014: Our work on acoustic bottle beams was featured by LBL news.

July 2014: Our recent work in Nature Nano was featured by the UC Berkeley news center, Optics and Photonics News, Azosensors, Nanotechweb, and KTVU.

Jun 2014: Prof. Zhang was appointed division director for materials science at LBNL and has been selected receive the 2014 Nancy DeLoye Fitzroy and Roland V. Fitzroy Medal "for pioneering contributions in metamaterials and the creation of the first optical superlens to overcome the fundamental diffraction limit in imaging; and for the invention of plasmonic lithography technology that enabled nanoscale manufacturing, which is important for microelectronics and data storage applications."

Jun 2014: Kevin has received an honorable mention for the Maiman award at CLEO.

May 2014: Our recent work in Science was featured in the LBL News.

Mar 2014: Hamidreza Ramezani, won the "Biruni" 2014 Graduate Student Research Award. This award is given to promote and recognize outstanding research by a physics graduate student of Iranian heritage studying in a US institution of higher education.

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