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Chenglong Zhao

Associate Professor, Joint Appointment in School of Engineering, Electro-Optics and Photonics

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Physics; School of Engineering: Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics


Email: Chenglong Zhao
Phone: 937-229-2182
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  • Ph.D., Optics, Peking University, China, 2011
  • B.S., Optics, Jilin University, China, 2006


Dr. Zhao is currently an assistant professor at the University of Dayton with a joint appointment in the Department of Physics and the School of Engineering's Electro-Optics Program. He received his Ph.D. from Peking University (Beijing, China) in 2011. He then carried out postdoctoral research at Pennsylvania State University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Zhao’s research interests include Nanophotonics, Plasmonics, Metamaterials, Graphene and Optical Trapping. He has authored and co-authored over 20 journal papers including Nature Communications, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, Nanoscale, and Lab Chip. His research findings have been widely covered by media reports such as Science Daily, Physics News, National Science Foundation, Science Codex, Science News, Nano Werk, et al.

Professional Activities

  • Committee member of the Novel Optical Materials and Applications (NOMA) Topical Meeting held in Boston on June 27, 2015
  • Member of Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • Member of Sigma Xi
  • Reviews for over 20 professional journals: Scientific Reports, Nanoscale, Optics Letters, Energy & Environmental Science, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, IEEE Photonics Journal, Photonic Research, RSC Advances, Materials Letters, etc.

Research Interests

  • Nanophotonics
  • Plasmonics
  • Metamaterials
  • Graphene
  • Plasmofluidics
  • Optical Trapping, Imaging and Sensing

Selected Publications

Mingsong Wang, Chenglong Zhao, Xiaoyu Miao, Yanhui Zhao, Joseph Rufo, Yanjun Liu, Tony Jun Huang, Yuebing Zheng. “Plasmofluidics: Merging Light and Fluid at the Micro-/nano-Scale”, Small (2015) DOI: 10.1002/smll.201500970. Invited Review

Jing Yang, Chuang Hu, Qiulin Wen, Chenglong Zhao and Jiasen Zhang, “Coupling between surface plasmon polaritons and transverse electric polarized light via L-shaped nano-apertures”, Optics Letters, 40, 978 (2015).

Chenglong Zhao, Jiasen Zhang and Yongmin Liu, “Light Manipulation with Encoded Plasmonic Nanostructures”, EPJ Applied Metamaterials 1, 6 (2014) Invited Review

Chenglong Zhao, Yongmin. Liu, Jing. Yang and Jiasen. Zhang, “Single-molecule Detection and Radiation Control in Solutions at High Concentrations via a Heterogeneous Optical Slot Antenna”, Nanoscale, 6, 9103 (2014).

Chenglong Zhao, Yuliang Xie, Zhangming Mao, Yanhui Zhao, Joseph Rufo, Shikuan Yang, Feng Guo, John D. Mai, and Tony Jun Huang. “Theory and experiment on particle trapping and manipulation via optothermally generated bubbles”, Lab on a Chip, 14, 384 ( 2014).

Y. Xie, S. Yang, Z. Mao, P. Li, Chenglong Zhao, Zane Cohick, Po-Hsun Huang, and Tony Jun Huang, “In-Situ Fabrication of 3D Ag@ZnO Nanostructures for Microfluidic/Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) Systems”. ACS Nano 8, 12175 (2014).

Yanhui Zhao, Danqi Chen, Hongjun Yue, Michelle M. Spiering, Chenglong Zhao, Stephen J. Benkovic, and Tony Jun Huang. “Dark-Field Illumination on Zero-Mode Waveguide/Microfluidic Hybrid Chip Reveals T4 Protein Interactions”, Nano Letters 14, 1952 (2014)

J. Yang, C. Hu, Q. Wen, Chenglong Zhao, and J. Zhang. “Coupling between surface plasmon polaritons and transverse electric polarized light via L-shaped nanoapertures”, Optics Letters, accepted (2014)

Chenglong Zhao*, Yongmin Liu*, Yanhui Zhao, Nicholas Fang and Tony Jun Huang. “A reconfigurable plasmofluidic lens”, Nature Communications, 4, 2305 (2013)

Chenglong Zhao*, Yuliang Xie*, Yanhui Zhao, Sixing Li, Joseph Rufo, Shikuan Yang, Feng Guo and Tony Jun Huang. “Optoacoustic tweezers: a programmable, localized cell concentrator based on opto-thermally generated, acoustically activated, surface bubbles”, Lab on a Chip, 13, 1772 (2013).

Shikuan Yang, Michael Ian Lapsley, Bingqiang Cao, Chenglong Zhao, Yanhui Zhao, etc. “Large-Scale Fabrication of Three-Dimensional Surface Patterns Using Template-Defined Electrochemical Deposition”, Advanced Functional Materials, 23, 720 (2013)

Chenglong Zhao and Jiasen Zhang. “Flexible wavefront manipulation of surface plasmon polaritons without mechanical motion components”, Applied Physics Letters, 98, 211108 (2011).

Jiayuan Wang, Chenglong Zhao and Jiasen Zhang. “Does the leakage radiation profile mirror the intensity profile of surface plasmon polaritons? : reply to comment?”, Optics Letters, 36, 2517 (2011).

Chenglong Zhao and Jiasen Zhang. “Plasmonic Demultiplexer and Guiding”, ACS Nano, 4, 6433 (2010).

Jiayuan Wang, Chenglong Zhao and Jiasen Zhang. “Does the leakage radiation profile mirror the intensity profile of surface plasmon polaritons?”, Optics Letters, 35, 1944 (2010).

Chenglong Zhao and Jiasen Zhang. “Binary plasmonics: launching surface plasmon to a desired pattern”, Optics Letters, 34, 2417 (2009).

Chenglong Zhao, Jiayuan Wang, Xiaofei Wu, and Jiasen Zhang. “Focusing surface plasmons to multiple focal spots with a launching diffraction grating”, Applied Physics Letters, 94, 111105 (2009).

Zhang weiwei, Chenglong Zhao, Jiayuan Wang, and Jiasen Zhang. “An experimental study of the plasmonic Talbot effect”, Optics Express, 17, 19757 (2009).

Xiaofei Wu, Jiasen Zhang, Jianjun Chen, Chenlong Zhao, and Qihuang Gong. “Refractive index sensor based on surface-plasmon interference”, Optics Letters 34, 392 (2009).

* Co-authors with equal contributions