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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. Chenglong Zhao is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Physics and Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics at the University of Dayton. He received his Ph.D. from Peking University (Beijing) in 2011. Then, he worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Penn State University. He leads the Nano-photonic and Nano-manufacturing (NPNM) Lab, which is dedicated to developing cutting-edge nanotechnologies for additive manufacturing, nano-imaging and quantum information. Professor Zhao has authored and co-authored over 30 journal papers including Nature CommunicationsNano LettersACS NanoLight: Science & Applications and Nanoscale. His research findings have been widely reported by Science Daily, Physics News, National Science Foundation, Science Codex, Science News and Nano Werk. His NPNM lab has been funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Health (NIH), and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

Research Interests

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Nanoimaging
  • Quantum information

Selected Publications

Full publications list

M. S. Alam, Q. Zhan, and C. Zhao, “Additive Opto-Thermomechanical Nanoprinting and Nanorepairing under Ambient Conditions,” Nano Lett. 20(7), 5057–5064 (2020).

F. Karim, E. S. Vasquez, Y. Sun, and C. Zhao, “Optothermal microbubble assisted manufacturing of nanogap-rich structures for active chemical sensing,” Nanoscale 11(43), 20589–20597 (2019).

C. Zhao, P. J. Shah, and L. J. Bissell, “Laser additive nano-manufacturing under ambient conditions,” Nanoscale 11(35), 16187–16199 (2019).

M. S. Alam, F. Karim, and C. Zhao, “Single-molecule detection at high concentrations with optical aperture nanoantennas.,” Nanoscale 8(18), 9480–9487 (2016).

C. Zhao, Y. Xie, Z. Mao, Y. Zhao, J. Rufo, S. Yang, F. Guo, J. D. Mai, and T. J. Huang, “Theory and experiment on particle trapping and manipulation via optothermally generated bubbles.,” Lab Chip 14(2), 384–391 (2014).

C. Zhao, Y. Liu, Y. Zhao, N. Fang, and T. J. Huang, “A reconfigurable plasmofluidic lens.,” Nat. Commun. 4, 2305 (2013).