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Zhenyun Qian

Research Assistant Professor,  Electrical & Computer Engineering



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Zhenyun Qian received his B.S. degree in Electronic Science and Engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, in 2011, the M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, in 2013 and 2017, respectively. His research interests include piezoelectric/thermo-mechanical transducers, 2D materials enhanced NEMS devices, low-power/zero-power sensors, MEMS-based optical switches, and flexible electronics. He has published more than 40 papers in the field of MEMS/NEMS. Zhenyun Qian was the recipient of the Outstanding Paper Award at the 18th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (Transducers 2015) and the Best Paper Award at the 2017 European Frequency and Time Forum & International Frequency Control Symposium (IFCS-EFTF 2017).

Honors & Awards

DARPA Riser 2018

2017 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad

Research Centers and Institutes

Selected Publications

• S. Kang, Z. Qian, V. Rajaram, S. Calisgan, A. Alù, M. Rinaldi, “Ultra-narrowband Metamaterial Absorbers for High Spectral Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy”, Advanced Optical Materials, 2018, 1801236.
• V. Rajaram, Z. Qian, S. Kang, S. Calisgan, N. McGruer, and M. Rinaldi, “Zero-Power Electrically Tunable Micromechanical Photoswitches”, IEEE Sensors Journal, vol.18, issue 19, pp. 7833 – 7841, 2018.
• Z. Qian, S. Kang, V. Rajaram, C. Cassella, N. McGruer and M. Rinaldi, “Zero Power Infrared Digitizers Based on Plasmonically-enhanced Micromechanical Photoswitches”, Nature Nanotechnology, 12(10), pp. 969 – 973, 2017.
• Z. Qian, Y. Hui, F. Liu, S. Kang, S. Kar and M. Rinaldi, “Graphene Aluminum Nitride NEMS Resonant Infrared Detector”, Microsystems & Nanoengineering, doi: 10.1038/micronano.2016.26, 2016.
• Z. Qian, F. Liu, Y. Hui, S. Kar and M. Rinaldi, “Graphene as a Massless Electrode for Ultrahigh-Frequency Piezoelectric Nanoelectromechanical Systems”, Nano Letters, 15 (7), pp. 4599–4604, 2015.


May 23, 2019

Qian Receives TechConnect Innovation Award

ECE Research Assistant Professor Zhenyun Qian received the TechConnect 2019 Innovation Award for his research on “Miniaturized Zero-Power Flame Detectors for Ubiquitous Fire Monitoring”.

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