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Nian X. Sun

Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering

Contact

  • nian@ece.neu.edu
  • 417 Dana Research Center
    360 Huntington Avenue

    Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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  • 617.373.3351

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Research Focus

Magnetic, ferroelectric and magnetoelectric materials; RF/microwave magnetic and magnetoelectric devices design, fabrication and testing; materials properties at RF/microwave frequency; range self-assembly of magnetic nanostructures

About

Nian Sun is a professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Northeastern University. He received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University. Prior to joining Northeastern University, he was a reserach scientist at IBM and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. Dr. Sun was the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award, USAF Summer Faculty Fellowship, and the first prize IDEMA Fellowship. His research has been on integrated magnetics and multiferroics for sensing, memory, power, RF and microwave electronics. He has over 150 publications, and more than 20 patents and patent disclosures. One of their papers was selected as “the 10 most outstanding full papers in the past ten years (2001~2010) in Advanced Functional Materials”. Dr. Sun has given over 80 invited or keynote presentations in national and international conferences and universities. He is an editor of IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, and a fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Education

  • B. Sc. Materials Science and Engineering Huazhong University of Sci.&T., China 1993
  • BS Minor Electrical Engineering Huazhong University of Sci.&T., China 1993
  • M. Eng. Materials Science and Engineering Chinese Academy of Sciences, China 1996
  • M. Sc. Electrical Engineering Stanford University 2001
  • Ph. D. Materials Science and Engineering Stanford University 2002

 

Honors & Awards

  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
  • NSF CAREER Award

Research Overview

Magnetic, ferroelectric and magnetoelectric materials; RF/microwave magnetic and magnetoelectric devices design, fabrication and testing; materials properties at RF/microwave frequency; range self-assembly of magnetic nanostructures

Selected Publications

  • Z. Zhou, M. Trassin, Y. Gao, Y. Gao, D. Chen,…N.X. Sun “Probing Electric Field Control of Magnetism Using Ferromagnetic Resonance”, Nature Communications, 6, 2015, 6082
  • T. Nan, Y. Hui, M. Rinaldi, N.X. Sun “Self-biased 215MHz Magnetoelectric NEMS Resonator for Ultrasensitive DC Magnetic Field Detection”, Scientific Reports, 3, 2013, 1985
  • M. Liu, Z. Zhou, T. Nan, B.M. Howe, G.J. Brown, N.X. Sun “Voltage Tuning of Ferromagnetic Resonance with Bistable Magnetization Switching in Energy-efficient Magnetoelectric Composites”, Advanced Materials, 25(10), 2013, 1435-1439
  • J. Lou, M. Liu, D. Reed, Y. Ren, N.X. Sun “Giant Electric Field Tuning of Magnetism in Novel Multiferroic FeGaB/Lead Zinc Niobate Lead Titanate Heterostructures”, Advanced Materials, 21(46), 2009, 4711-4715
  • S.X. Wang, N.X. Sun, M. Yamaguchi, S. Yabukami “Sandwich Films: Properties of a New Soft Magnetic Material, Nature, 407, 2000, 150-151

Faculty

Feb 21, 2019

Multiferroics and the path to the market

ECE Professor Nian Sun was interviewed by Dr. Stephen Shevlin from Nature Materials on Multiferroics and the path to the market.

Students

Oct 12, 2018

Tiny Antenna Wins Big Prize

ECE PhD student Hwaider Lin’s research into creating a tiny antenna to precisely target specific neurons won first prize in NASA Tech Briefs magazine contest “Create the Future Design Contest.”

Faculty

Oct 09, 2018

$1.34M NIH Grant for Wireless Microscale Neuronal Recording and Stimulation System

ECE Professor Nian Sun, Associate Professor Marvin Onabajo and Assistant Professor Aatmesh Shrivastava were awarded a $1.34M NIH collaborative grant with Massachusetts General Hospital to work on nano-scale neural radio frequency identification (NanoNeuroRFID) devices for wireless neural magnetic modulation and recording.

Faculty

Aug 24, 2017

Engineers just created a tiny antenna, which could be used for brain implants

ECE Professor Nian Sun's research featured in Digital Trend's Engineers just created a tiny antenna, which could be used for brain implants. See Related Article: Reducing the Size of Antennas

Faculty

Aug 23, 2017

Ultra-small antennas point way to miniature brain implants

ECE Professor Nian Sun's research featured in Nature's Ultra-small antennas point way to miniature brain implants. See Related Article: Reducing the Size of Antennas

Faculty

Aug 23, 2017

Mini-antennas could power brain-computer interfaces

ECE Professor Nian Sun's research featured in Science Magazine's Mini-antennas could power brain-computer interfaces, medical devices and highlighted in ASEE's First Bell. See Related Article: Reducing the Size of Antennas

Faculty

Aug 23, 2017

Reducing the Size of Antennas

ECE Professor Nian Sun has discovered a way to build new antennas that could be up to one hundred times smaller than traditional antennas.

Apr 28, 2016

VOTERS Awarded Patent

CEE Professor Ming Wang  & ECE Professor Nian Sun were awarded a patent for “Real-time wireless dynamic tire pressure sensor and energy harvesting system”. Abstract Source: USPTO An instantaneous/real-time wireless dynamic tire pressure sensor (DTPS) for characterizing pavement qualities and for detecting surface and subsurface pavement defects under normal driving conditions. Signal processing provides quantitative […]

Mar 22, 2016

FY17 TIER 1 Award Recipients

23 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY17 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 12 different projects representing over $600K dollars of investment in research.

Undergraduate

Sep 24, 2015

Research Fair a Big Success

The COE Undergraduate Research Lab fair gathered hundreds of students eager to learn about the research opportunities available to them.

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