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Qiwen Zhan

Professor; Managing Director, UD-Fraunhofer Joint Research Center

Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics


Email: Qiwen Zhan
Phone: 937-229-5590
Website: Visit Site
Fitz Hall 572B


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minnesota, 2002
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minnesota, 2000
  • B.S., Physics, Optoelectronics, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, China, 1996

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of OSA

  • Fellow of SPIE

  • Senior Member of IEEE
  • Sigma Xi Noland Award for Distinguished Faculty Research

  • Guest Professor, University of Science & Technology of China

  • Guest Professor, Nankai University
  • Four US patents, one PCT application and one provisional patent

Research Interests

Prof. Zhan's research interests are in the general areas of optics and photonics. Specifically, he is interested in utilizing modern nanofabrication tools to achieve comprehensive spatial engineering of light wave properties (such as polarization, intensity and phase) and subsequently manipulate the light matter interactions on the nanometer scale with these engineered optical fields. The localized light matter interactions are exploited in various applications, including the development of new nanoscale imaging capabilities, novel nanophotonic and plasmonic devices, RF photonic devices and systems, biophotonics, nanomaterials characterization and metrology.

Courses Taught

  • EOP 505: Introduction to Lasers
  • EOP 543L: Advanced Electro-Optics Laboratory
  • EOP 631: Nanophotonics: Design, Fabrication and Characterization
  • EOP 665: Polarization of Light
  • ECE 334: Discrete Signals and Systems
  • ECE 506: Semiconductor Devices
  • ECE 507: Electromagnetic Fields

Professional Activities

  • Chair, OSA Polarization Technical Group
  • Topical Editor, Applied Optics
  • Associate Editor, Chinese Science Bulletin
  • Guest Editor, Optics Express
  • Guest Editor, International Journal of Optics

  • Special Issue Editor, Journal of Nonlinear Optical Physics & Materials

  • Founding member and Steering Committee Member of the International Conference on Nanophotonics (ICNP) Topical Conference series since 2007
  • National Traveling Lecturer for the OSA
  • Visiting Lecturer for the SPIE
  • Short course instructor on “Nanophotonics” at various OSA and SPIE conferences
  • Reviewer for leading journals including Nature, Nature Communications, Scientific Reports, ACS Nano, Nano Letters, Applied Physics Letters, Optics Express, Optics Letters, etc.
  • Panelist/reviewer for NSF, DOE, Israeli Science Foundation, Research Corporation, CRDF and the Petroleum Foundation etc.
  • Member of the AAAS

Selected Publications

  • Rui, G., and Q. Zhan. 2014. Highly sensitive beam steering with plasmonic antenna. Sci. Rep. 4: 5962.
  • Zhan, Q., ed. 2013. Vectorial optical fields: Fundamentals and applications. World Scientific. (Also available in Kindle format from Amazon and iBook format from Apple iTunes)
  • Han, W., Y. Yang, W. Cheng, and Q. Zhan. 2013. Vectorial optical field generator for the creation of arbitrarily complex fields. Opt. Express 21: 20692-20706.
  • Rui, G., D.C. Abeysinghe, R.L. Nelson, and Q. Zhan. 2013. Demonstration of beam steering via dipole-coupled plasmonic spiral antenna. Sci. Rep. 3, 2237.
  • Liu, X. Xiong, X. Ren, Y. Cai, G. Rui, Q. Zhan, G.C. Guo, and G.P. Guo. 2013. Detecting orbital angular momentum through division-of-amplitude interference with a circular plasmonic lens. Sci. Rep. 3, 2402.
  • Chen, W., W. Han, D.C Abeysinghe, R.L Nelson, and Q. Zhan. 2011. Generating cylindrical vector beams with subwavelength concentric metallic gratings fabricated on optical fibers. J. Opt. 13, 015003.
  • Wang, J., W. Chen, and Q. Zhan. 2010. Engineering of high purity ultra-long optical needle field through reversing the electric dipole array radiation. Opt. Express 18: 21965-21972.
  • Chen, W., D.C. Abeysinghe, R.L. Nelson, and Q. Zhan. 2010. Experimental confirmation of miniature spiral plasmonic lens as a circular polarization analyzer. Nano Lett 10: 2075-2079.
  • Zhan, Q. 2009. Cylindrical vector beams: From mathematical concepts to applications. Review article in the inaugural issue of Advances in  Optics and Photonics 1: 1-57. (ISI Highly Cited Paper)
  • Chen, W., R.L. Nelson, D.C. Abeysinghe, and Q. Zhan. 2009. Plasmonic lens made of multiple concentric metallic rings under radially polarized illumination. Nano Lett. 9: 4320–4325.
  • Zhan, Q. 2004. Trapping metallic Rayleigh particles with radial polarization. Opt. Express 12: 3377-3382. (ISI Highly Cited Paper)