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Mo Li

Photonics and Nano Devices
M246 ECE
Campus Box 352500
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-616-6966
Research Web Page: Mo Li Group


Dr. Mo Li is a Professor in the UW Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the UW Physics Department. Prior to joining UW in 2018, he was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota since 2010. From 2007 to 2010, he was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Caltech in 2007, B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2001. Dr. Li is the principal investigator of the Laboratory of Photonic Devices at UW. His main research interests include integrated photonics, optoelectronics, optomechanics, NEMS/MEMS, spintronics, and quantum photonics. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal papers and has been granted 6 US patents.

Awards and Honors

  1. Fellow, Optica (formerly OSA), 2021
  2. Guillermo E. Borja Award, University of Minnesota, 2015
  3. NSF CAREER, 2014
  4. McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, University of Minnesota, 2013
  5. AFOSR Young Investigator Award, 2012

Research Projects

  1. Photonic Engine to Accelerate Atomic Quantum Engineering (PEAQUE) - an NSF Convergence Accelerator Project (Phase 2)
  2. New phase change materials for photonics: from in-silico design to novel device concepts - an ONR MURI Project
  3. Scalable Hybrid-optics Integrated Night-vision Eyeglass (SHINE) - a DARPA Envision Project
  4. A Hybrid Co-processing Unit (HCU) using Phase-change Photonics in CMOS for Large-scale and Ultra-fast Machine Learning Acceleration - an NSF CISE Project
  5. Molecular Engineering Materials Center (MEM·C) - an NSF MRSEC Center

Recent Publications

  1. Seokhyeong Lee, Ruoming Peng, Changming Wu, and Mo Li, "Programmable black phosphorus image sensor for broadband optoelectronic edge computing", Nature Communications, 13, 1485 (2022) [Link]
  2. Ruoming Peng, Adina Ripin, Yusen Ye, Jiayi Zhu, Changming Wu, Seokhyeong Lee, Huan Li, Takashi Taniguchi, Kenji Watanabe, Ting Cao, Xiaodong Xu, Mo Li, "Long-range transport of 2D excitons with acoustic waves", Nature Communications, 13, 1334 (2022) [Link], [Arxiv]
  3. Changming Wu, Xiaoxuan Yang, Heshan Yu, Ruoming Peng, Ichiro Takeuchi,Yiran Chen,Mo Li, "Harnessing Optoelectronic Noises in a Photonic Generative Network", Science Advances 8, eabm2956 (2022) [Link]
  4. Changming Wu, Heshan Yu, Seokhyeong Lee, Ruoming Peng, Ichiro Takeuchi, and Mo Li, "Programmable Phase-change Metasurface for Multimode Photonic Convolutional Neural Network", Nature Communications 12, 96 (2021) [Link]
  5. A. Kimel, Mo Li, "Writing magnetic memory with ultrashort light pulses", Nature Review Materials 4, 189 (2019) [Link]
  6. Qiyu Liu, Huan Li, Mo Li, "Electromechanical Brillouin scattering in integrated optomechanical waveguides", Optica 6, 778 (2019) [Link]
  7. Mo Li, Hong X. Tang, "News and Views: Strong Pockels materials", Nature Materials 18, 9 (2019) [Link]
  8. Che Chen, Daniel Mohr, Han-Kyu Choi, Daehan Yoo, Mo Li, Sang-Hyun Oh, "Waveguide-Integrated Compact Plasmonic Resonators for On-Chip Mid-Infrared Laser Spectroscopy", Nano Letters 18, 7601 (2018) [ Link ]
  9. Jun-Yang Chen, Li He, Jian-Ping Wang, Mo Li, "All-optical switching of magnetic tunnel junctions with single sub-picosecond laser pulses", Physical Review Applied 7, 021001 (2017) [ Link ]
  10. Siyuan Luo, Li He, Mo Li, "Spin-momentum locked interaction between guided photons and surface electrons in topological insulators", Nature Communications 8, 2141 (2017) [ Link ]

Full publication list

Google Scholar Page


  1. Bingzhao Li (ECE)
  2. Changming Wu (ECE)
  3. Seokhyeong Lee (ECE)
  4. I-Tung Chen (ECE)
  5. Adina Ripin (Physics)
  6. Qixuan Lin (ECE)
  7. Shucheng Fang (ECE)
  8. Haoqin Deng (ECE)