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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 an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota from 2015 and Assistant Professor from 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 principle 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 70 peer-reviewed journal papers and been granted 6 US patents.

Awards and Honors

  1. Guillermo E. Borja Award, University of Minnesota, 2015
  2. NSF CAREER, 2014
  3. McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, University of Minnesota, 2013
  4. AFOSR Young Investigator Award, 2012

Recent Publications

  1. Huan Li, Qiyu Liu, Mo Li, "Electromechanical Brillouin scattering in integrated plannar Photonics", APL Photonics 4, 080802 (2019) [Link]
  2. A. Kimel, Mo Li, "Writing magnetic memory with ultrashort light pulses", Nature Review Materials 4, 189 (2019) [Link]
  3. Qiyu Liu, Huan Li, Mo Li, "Electromechanical Brillouin scattering in integrated optomechanical waveguides", Optica 6, 778 (2019) [Link]
  4. Mo Li, Hong X. Tang, "News and Views: Strong Pockels materials", Nature Materials 18, 9 (2019) [Link]
  5. Changming Wu, Heshan Yu, Huan Li, Xiaohang Zhang, Ichiro Takeuchi, Mo Li, "Low-loss integrated photonic switch using sub-wavelength patterned phase change material", ACS Photonics, 6, 87-92 (2019) [ Link ]
  6. 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 ]
  7. 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 ]
  8. 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 ]
  9. Li He, Huan Li, Mo Li, "Optomechanical measurement of photon spin angular momentum and optical torque in integrated photonic devices”, Science Advances 2, e1600485 (2016) [ Link ]
  10. Nathan Youngblood, Che Chen, Steven J. Koester, and Mo Li, “Waveguide-integrated black phosphorus photodetector with high responsivity and low dark current”, Nature Photonics 9, 247-252(2015) [ Link ]

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