Yongmin Liu

Associate Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Associate Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Research Focus

Nano optics, nanoscale materials and engineering, nano devices, plasmonics, metamaterials, and applied physics


  • PhD (2009), Applied Science and Technology, University of California at Berkley

Honors & Awards

  • Faculty Fellow of College of Engineering, Northeastern University (2019)
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2017)
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award (2016)
  • SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing Rising Researcher (2016)
  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award (2016)
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad (2009)
  • TIME magazine Top 10 Scientific Discoveries and 50 Best Inventions of 2008
  • DISCOVER magazine Top 100 Stories of 2008 (ranked No. 7)
  • International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) Scholarship Award (2008)

Teaching Interests

  • Nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • Materials properties and processing
  • Dynamics and vibrations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)

Research Overview

Nano optics, nanoscale materials and engineering, nano devices, plasmonics, metamaterials, and applied physics

Selected Publications

  • W. Ma, F. Cheng, Y.M. Liu, Deep-Learning-Enabled On-Demand Design of Chiral Metamaterials, ACS Nano, 12(6), 2018, 6326–6334
  • Z.J. Wang, L.Q. Jing, K. Yao, Y.H. Yang, B. Zheng, C.M. Soukoulis, H.S. Chen, Y.M. Liu, Origami-Based Reconfigurable Metamaterials for Tunable Chirality, Advanced Materials, 29, 2017, 1700412
  • K. Yao, Y.M. Liu, Controlling Electric and Magnetic Resonances for Ultracompact Nanoantennas with Tunable Directionality, ACS Photonics, 3, 2016, 953-963
  • Z.J. Wang, K. Yao, M. Chen, H. Chen, Y.M. Liu, Manipulating Smith-Purcell Emission with Babinet Metasurfaces, Physical Review Letters, 117(15), 2016, 157401
  • W.L. Gao, F.Z. Fang, Y.M. Liu, S. Zhang, Chiral Surface Waves Supported by Biaxial Hyperbolic Metamaterials, Light: Science and Applications, 2015, e238
  • C.L. Zhao, Y.M. Liu, Y.H. Zhao, N. Fang, T.J. Huang, Reconfigurable Plasmofluidic Lens, Nature Communications, 4(2350), 2013, 1-8
  • Y.M. Liu, S. Palomba, Y. Park, T. Zentgraf, X.B. Yin, X. Zhang, Compact Magnetic Antennas for Directional Excitation of Surface Plasmons, Nano Letters, 12(9), 2012, 4853-4858
  • Y.M. Liu, X. Zhang, Metamaterials: A New Frontier of Science and Technology, Chemical Society Reviews, 40, 2011, 2494-2507
  • T. Zentgraf, Y.M. Liu, M.H. Mikkelsen, J. Valentine, X. Zhang, Plasmonic Luneburg and Eaton Lenses, Nature Nanotechnology, 6, 2011, 151-155


Oct 07, 2020

Interfacing Photonics with Artificial Intelligence

MIE & ECE Associate Professor Yongmin Liu published an invited review article in Nature Photonics about deep learning for the design of photonic structures.

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Sep 09, 2019

Liu Awarded NSF Grant for Chiral Molecules

MIE/ECE Associate Professor Yongmin Liu was awarded a $385K NSF grant for the “Chiroptical Sensing and Sorting by Structured Materials and Structured Light”.


Jul 01, 2019

Prof. Yongmin Liu Published in Advanced Materials

MIE/ECE Professor Yongmin Liu’s paper Probabilistic Representation and Inverse Design of Metamaterials Based on a Deep Generative Model with Semi‐Supervised Learning Strategy was published in Advanced Materials.


Jun 19, 2019

Using Deep-Learning for Multi-Functional Meta-Systems

MIE/ECE Associate Professor Yongmin Liu and ECE/Koury Associate Professor Yun “Raymond” Fu were awarded a $530K NSF grant for “Multi-Functional Optical Meta-Systems Enabled by Deep-Learning-Aided Inverse Design”.


Apr 29, 2019

Faculty and Staff Awards 2019

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2018-2019 academic school year. See Photo Gallery Faculty Fellow Matthew Eckelman, CEE Yongmin Liu, MIE Outstanding Teacher of First Year Engineering Students Joseph Depasquale, Chemistry Brian O’Connell, FYE Sumi Seo, Mathematics Matthew Webber, […]


Sep 17, 2018

Paper by Associate Professor Liu Selected as Back Cover for Laser & Photonics Reviews

A paper by MIE/ECE Associate Professor Yongmin Liu was selected for the back cover of Laser & Photonics Reviews’ September 2018 issue. The paper, titled Efficient Generation of Microwave Plasmonic Vortices via a Single Deep-Subwavelength Meta-Particle, is authored by Hai Su, Xiaopeng Shen, Guangxu Su, Lin Li, Jianping Ding, Fanxin Liu, Peng Zhan, Yongmin Liu, and […]


Jun 14, 2018

Metamaterials Might Allow for Invisibility

MIE/ECE Assistant Professor Yongmin Liu has developed a machine learning algorithm to identify new metamaterial structures which would allow for light absorption and maybe someday even invisibility. In the world of Harry Potter, invisibility cloaks are made from the hair of a magical creature called a Demiguise. In our world, they may one day be […]


Jan 06, 2017

Liu Awarded NSF CAREER Award

MIE/ECE Assistant Professor Yongmin Liu was awarded a $500K NSF CAREER award for "Spin Plasmonics for Ultrafast All-Optical Manipulation of Magnetization in Hybrid Metal-Ferromagnet Structures".


Dec 09, 2016

Liu Selected as SPIE Rising Researcher

MIE/ECE Assistant Professor Yongmin Liu was selected as part of the inaugural cohort of SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing Rising Researchers. Local Coverage: The Boston Sun


Dec 06, 2016

Professor Liu Named in Top 10 Rising Researchers

Professor Yongmin Liu, jointly appointed in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, has been named a 2017 SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Rising Researcher. According to SPIE, the Rising Researcher program recognizes “early career professionals who are conducting outstanding work in product development or research in […]

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