Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, 2021-present

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 2015-2020; Advisor: Hongkun Park


Ph.D. in Applied Physics, Harvard University, 2015;  Advisor: Shriram Ramanathan

B.S. in Physics, Peking University, 2010


Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, 2023

Outstanding Young Scientist, Maryland Academy of Sciences & Maryland Science Center, 2023

IUPAP Early Career Scientist Prize in Structure and Dynamics of Condensed Matter, 2023

Department of Energy Early Career Award, 2022

NSF CAREER Award, 2021

Forbes 30 Under 30 – Science, 2018

Top Reviewer, Applied Physics Letters, 2017, 2018

MRS Graduate Student Silver Award, Materials Research Society, Spring 2013

Ernst Habicht Fellowship, Harvard University, 2012


Proposal Reviewer for Department of Energy, National Science Foundation.

Journal Referee for more than 30 journals, including 2D Materials, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Advanced Materials, APL Materials, Applied Optics, Applied Physics Letters, IEEE Electron Device Letters, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of the Optical Society of America B, Materials Today, Materials Today Chemistry, Materials Today Physics, Nano Letters, Nanoscale, Nanoscale Research Letters, Nature, Nature Communications, Nature Materials, Nature Reviews Materials, Optica, Optical Materials Express, Optics Express, Optics Letters, Physical Review Applied, Physical Review B, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review Materials, Physical Review X, and Scientific Reports.

Organizer of Symposium on Correlated Insulating States in Two Dimensions, Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Harvard University 2020.

Session chair at MRS Fall Meeting, 2017.


18th Optics of Excitons in Confined Systems (OECS 18) conference, Italy (Jun. 2023)

University of California, Riverside (Apr. 2022).

University of Washington, Seattle (Apr. 2022). 

Purdue University (Mar. 2022).

George Mason University (Nov. 2021).

National Institute of Standards and Technology (Aug. 2021).

Quantum Materials Center, University of Maryland (May 2021). 

Budapest University of Technology and Economics (May 2021).