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Wenshan Cai
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Technical Interest Groups: Optics and Photonics (Group Chair)
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Dr. Wenshan Cai joined the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology in January 2012 as an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a joint appointment in Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials at Stanford University. His scientific research is in the area of nanophotonic materials and devices, in which he has made a major impact on the evolving field of plasmonics and metamaterials. Dr. Cai has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and the total citations of his recent papers have reached approximately 10,000 within the past 10 years. He authored the book, Optical Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications, which is used as a textbook or a major reference at many universities around the world. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University in 2000 and 2002, respectively, and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2008, all in electrical/electronic engineering. Dr. Cai is the recipient of several national and international distinctions, including the OSA/SPIE Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award (2014), the CooperVision Science & Technology Award (2016), and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2017).

Research interests: 
  • Micro- and nanophotonic structures and devices
  • Plasmonics and metamaterials
  • Nonlinear optics and ultrafast phenomena
  • Optoelectronics and integrated photonics
  • Solar energy harvesting
  • Two-dimensional photonic materials
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (ONR YIP), 2017
  • CooperVision Science & Technology Award, 2016
  • OSA and SPIE Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award, 2014
  • Optical Society of America New Focus/Bookham Student Award, 2008
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad, 2007
  • Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 Award in the Technology category, 2006
  • Graduate with Honors, Tsinghua University, 2002
  • Member: The Optical Society (OSA), Materials Research Society (MRS), The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

S. Lan, L. Kang, D. T. Schoen, S. P. Rodrigues, Y. Cui, M. L. Brongersma, and Wenshan Cai, “Backward phase-matching for nonlinear optical generation in negative-index materials,” Nature Materials, Vol. 14, No. 8, 807-811 (2015).

L. Kang, S. Lan, Y. Cui, S. P. Rodrigues, Y. Liu, D. H. Werner, and Wenshan Cai, “An active metamaterial platform for chiral responsive optoelectronics,” Advanced Materials, Vol. 27, No. 29, 4377–4383 (2015).

S. P. Rodrigues and Wenshan Cai, “Nonlinear optics: Tuning harmonics with excitons,” Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 10, No. 5, 387-388 (2015).

S. P. Rodrigues, Y. Cui, S. Lan, L. Kang, and Wenshan Cai, “Metamaterials enable chiral-selective enhancement of two-photon luminescence from quantum emitters,” Advanced Materials, Vol. 27, No. 6, 1124-1130 (2015).

S. P. Rodrigues, S. Lan, L. Kang, Y. Cui, and Wenshan Cai, “Nonlinear imaging and spectroscopy of chiral metamaterials,” Advanced Materials, Vol. 26, No. 35, 6157-6162 (2014).

Y. Cui, L. Kang, S. Lan, S. P. Rodrigues, and Wenshan Cai, “Giant chiral optical response from a twisted-arc metamaterial,” Nano Letters, Vol. 14, No. 2, 1021-1025 (2014).

L. Kang, Y. Cui, S. Lan, S. P. Rodrigues, M. L. Brongersma, and Wenshan Cai, “Electrifying photonic metamaterials for tunable nonlinear optics,” Nature Communications, Vol. 5, 4680 (2014).

E. C. Garnett, Wenshan Cai, J. J. Cha, F. Mahmood, S. T. Connor, M. G. Christoforo, Y. Cui, M. D. McGehee, and M. L. Brongersma, “Self-limited plasmonic welding of silver nanowire junctions,” Nature Materials, Vol. 11, No. 3, 241-249 (2012).

Wenshan Cai, A. P. Vasudev, and M. L. Brongersma, “Electrically controlled nonlinear generation of light with plasmonics,” Science, Vol. 333, No. 6050, 1720-1723 (2011).

Wenshan Cai and M. L. Brongersma, “Plasmonics gets transformed,” Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 5, No. 7, 485-486 (2010).

Wenshan Cai and V. M. Shalaev, Optical Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications, ISBN: 978-1-4419-1150-6, Springer, New York, 2010. (This book was selected as the winner of the 2014 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award. Co-sponsored by OSA and SPIE, the Goodman Award recognizes authorship of the most influential scientific or technical book on optics published in the preceding six years.)

J. A. Schuller, E. S. Barnard, Wenshan Cai, Y. C. Jun, J. S. White, and M. L. Brongersma, “Plasmonics for extreme light concentration and manipulation,” Nature Materials, Vol. 9, No. 3, 193-204 (2010).

Wenshan Cai, U. K. Chettiar, A. V. Kildishev, and V. M. Shalaev, “Optical cloaking with metamaterials,” Nature Photonics, Vol. 1, No. 4, 224-227 (2007).

Last revised January 31, 2023