Multiple openings available in my group. Desired backgrounds include but not limited to:

  • • Physics of photonics and wave phenomena
    • Photonic crystals, metamaterials & metasurfaces, plasmonics
    • Thermal radiation, radiative cooling, solar energy harvesting and thermal management, thermophysics
    • Novel materials (2D materials, topological materials, bio-inspired materials, and others) for photonics
    • Computational electromagnetics
    • Optical and infrared spectroscopy
    • Optical compuHting architectures and optical neural networks
    • Optofluidics
    • Hydrophilic and hydrophobic properties
    • Laser-matter interactions and ultrafast dynamics
    • High harmonic generation, terahertz generation and detection

    Positions include:

  • Staff members at full professor, associate professor, and assistant professor levels
  • Postdoctoral fellows
  • PhD and MS students
  • Interns at all levels
  • Long-term and short-term visitors

Wei Li

Professor and Director

GPL Photonics Lab, CIOMP

Chinese Academy of Sciences


Wei Li is a professor and lab director at GPL Photonics Laboratory, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Before joining CIOMP, Wei Li did his Ph.D. and postdoc at Vanderbilt University and Stanford University, respectively. His research interests include nanophotonics, thermal radiation, and their applications in next-generation energy and information technologies. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Science, Nature Photonics, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Light: Science & Applications. He has been awarded MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 – TR35 (Asia Pacific) and MINE Young Scientist Award. He is a member of Optica, IEEE (senior), SPIE and COS. He also serves as the faculty co-advisor of the Optica Student Chapter at CIOMP, CAS.

Selected Publications

1.     S. Fan* and W. Li*. “Photonics and Thermodynamics Concepts in Radiative Cooling”. Nature Photonics 16, 182–190 (2022)

(*: corresponding author)

2.     B. Zhu†, W. Li†, Q. Zhang, D. Li, X. Liu. Y. Wang, N. Xu, Z. Wu, J. Li, X. Li, P. Catrysse, S. Fan, J. Zhu. “Subambient daytime radiative cooling textile based on nanoprocessed silk”. Nature Nanotechnology 16 (12), 1342-1348 (2021)   (†: co-first author, ESI Hot Paper)

3.     Y. Li†, W. Li†, T. Han†, X. Zheng†, J. Li, B.W. Li, S. Fan, and C.W. Qiu. “Transforming heat transfer with thermal metamaterials and devices”. Nature Review Materials 6 (6), 488-507 (2021)  (†: co-first author)

4.     W. Li, Z. Coppens, L. Besterio, W. Wang, A. Govorov and J. Valentine. “Circularly Polarized Light Detection with Hot Electrons in Chiral Plasmonic Metamaterials”. Nature Communications 6, 8379 (2015)*    (*ESI highly cited papermedia report by Phys. Org, Science Daily, Science Beta, WT VOX, IEEE Spectrum)

5.     W. Li, Y. Shi, Z. Chen and S. Fan. “Photonic Thermal Management of Coloured Objects”. Nature Communications 9, 4240 (2018)

6.     D. Li†, X. Liu †, W. Li†, Z. Lin, B. Zhu, Z. Li, J. Li, B. Li, S. Fan, J. Xie, J. Zhu. “Scalable and hierarchically designed polymer film as a selective thermal emitter for highly efficient all-day radiative cooling”. Nature Nanotechnology 16 (2), 153-158 (2021) (†: co-first author)

7.     G. Verma, G. Yadav, C. Saraj, L. Li, N. Miljkovic, J. P. Delville, W. Li*, “A Versatile Interferometric Technique for Probing the Thermophysical Properties of Complex Fluids”. Light Science and Applications (accepted) *

8.     Y. Peng†, W. Li†, B. Liu, W. Jin, J. Schaadt, J. Tang, G. Zhou, G. Wang, J. Zhou, C. Zhang, Y. Zhu, W. Huang, T. Wu, K. Goodson, C. Dames, R. Prasher, S. Fan, and Y. Cui “Integrated Cooling (i-Cool) Textile of Heat Conduction and Sweat Transportation for Personal Perspiration Management”. Nature Communications 12 (1), 6122 (2021)                                                                               (†: co-first author)

9.     W. Li, S. Buddhiraju, and S. Fan. “Thermodynamic Limits of Simultaneous Energy Harvesting from the Sun and the Universe”. Light Science and Applications 9 (1), 68 (2020) *   (*Cover article)

10.  J. Li†, Y. Liang†, W. Li†, N. Xu†, B. Zhu, Z. Wu, X. Wang, S. Fan, M. Wang, J. Zhu. “Protecting ice from melting under sunlight via radiative cooling”. Science Advances 8(6), eabj9756 (2022) (†: co-first author)

11.  G. Xu†, W. Li†, X. Zhou†, H. Li†, Y. Li, S. Fan, S. Zhang, D.N. Christodoulides, C.W. Qiu. “Observation of Weyl Exceptional Rings in Thermal Diffusion”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  (†: co-first authoraccepted)

12.  W. Li and J. Valentine. “Metamaterial Perfect Absorber Based Hot Electron Photodetection”. Nano Letters 14 (6), 3510-3514 (2014) *  (*ESI highly cited paper)

13.  Z. Coppens†, W. Li†, G. Walker, and J. Valentine. “Probing and Controlling Photothermal Heat Generation in Plasmonic Nanostructures”. Nano Letters 13 (3), 1023-1028 (2013) (†: co-first author)

14.  S. Buddhiraju, W. Li, and S. Fan. “Photonic Refrigeration from Time-modulated Thermal Emission”. Physical Review Letters 124 (7), 077402 (2020)  (PRL Editor’s Suggestion)

15.  W. Li, Y. Shi, K. Chen, L. Zhu, and S. Fan. “A comprehensive photonic approach for solar cell cooling”. ACS Photonics 4 (4), 774-782 (2017) *  (*ESI highly cited paper)

16.  A. Raman, W. Li, and S. Fan. “Generating Light from Darkness”. Joule 3, 1-8 (2019)  (media report by ScienceScience NewsBBC , the most downloaded paper in Joule 2019)