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Yanjun LIU--Associate Professor

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Dr. Yanjun Liu is currently an associate professor at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China. He received his Ph.D. degree in photonics from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2007, M.S. degree in optics from Fudan University, China, in 2003, and B.E. degree in optoelectronics from Shandong University, China, in 2000. Before joining SUSTech, he was a research scientist in ASTAR, Singapore (2010-2016), and postdoctoral scholar in Penn State University (2008-2010) and European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENS) (2007-2008). His research interests include liquid crystal photonics, active plasmonics and metamaterials, etc. He is experienced in polymer micro/nano-photonic structures, liquid crystal devices, and laser holograms. He has authored/co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal publications and over 30 peer-reviewed conference papers in his research fields. He is the recipient of Chinese government award for outstanding self-financed students abroad, ICTP TRIL programme fellowship in Italy.


Jul 2004–Feb 2007     (Ph.D) School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Sep 2000–Jul 2003     (M.Sc) State Key Lab for Advanced Phontonic Materials and Devices, Dept. of Optical Science and Engineering, Fudan University, China.

Sep 1996–Jul 2000     (B.Eng) Dept. of Optoelectronic Information Engineering, Shandong University, China.

Working Experiences

Aug 2016–Present       Associate Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology

Aug 2010–Aug 2016     Research Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

May 2010–Jul 2010      Temporary Research Staff, Nanyang Technological University.

Sep 2008–May 2010     Postdoctoral Scholar, Pennsylvania State University, USA.

Nov 2007–May 2008     Postdoctoral Fellow, European Laboratory for Non-Linear p; Spectroscopy (LENS), Italy.

Mar 2007–Nov 2007     Research Associate, Nanyang Technological University

Research Introduction

Active plasmonics, plasmonic metamaterials, chiral plasmonics, super-resolution imaging.

Polymer-dispersed liquid crystals; Liquid crystal elastomers.

Liquid crystal photonics; Molecular machines.

Tunable photonic crystals, lasers, random lasers, microlenses, sensors, etc.

Light transport, diffusion, and localization in ordered & disordered structures.

Awards & Honors

2016, SUSTech Distinguished Young Scholars recipients

2015, Joseph Wang Award

2006, National Scholarship for Outstanding Self-Financed Oversea Students


  1. E. H. Khoo, E. S. P. Leong, S. J. Wu, W. K. Phua, Y. L. Hor, and Y. J. LiuEffect of Asymmetrical Nanostructures on the Extinction Difference Properties of Actin Biomolecules and FilamentsSci. Rep. 6, 19658 (2016).
  2.  G. Y. Si, E. S. P. Leong, X. X. Jiang, J. T. Lv, J. Lin, H. T. Dai, and Y. J. LiuAll-Optical, Polarization-Insensitive Light Tuning Properties in Silver Nanorod Arrays Covered with Photoresponsive Liquid CrystalsPhys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17, 13223-13227 (2015).
  3. G. Y. Si, Y. H. Zhao, J. T. Lv, M. Q. Lu, F. W. Wang, H. L. Liu, N. Xiang, T. J. Huang, A. J. Danner, J. H. Teng, and Y. J. LiuReflective Plasmonic Color Filters Based on Lithographically Patterned Silver Nanorod ArraysNanoscale 5, 6243-6248 (2013).
  4. Y. J. Liu, G. Y. Si, E. S. P. Leong, N. Xiang, A. J. Danner, and J. H. Teng, Light-Driven Plasmonic Color Filters by Overlaying Photoresponsive Liquid Crystals on Gold Annular Aperture ArraysAdv. Mater. 24, OP131-OP135 (2012).
  5. Y. J. Liu, Y. B. Zheng, J. Liou, I.-K. Chiang, I. C. Khoo, and T. J. Huang, All-Optical Modulation of Localized Surface Plasmon Coupling in a Hybrid System Composed of Photo-Switchable Gratings and Au Nanodisk ArraysJ. Phys. Chem. C 115, 7717-7722 (2011).
  6. Y. J. Liu, X. Y. Ding, S.-C. S. Lin, J. J. Shi, I.-K. Chiang, and T. J. Huang, Surface Acoustic Wave Driven Light Shutters Using Polymer-Dispersed Liquid CrystalsAdv. Mater23, 1656-1659 (2011).
  7. Y. J. Liu, Q. Z. Hao, J. S. T. Smalley, J. Liou, I. C. Khoo, and T. J. Huang, A Frequency-Addressed Plasmonic Switch Based on Dual-Frequency Liquid CrystalsAppl. Phys. Lett. 97, 091101 (2010).


  1. Y. J. Liu, G. Y. Si, Y. H. Zhao, and E. S. P. Leong, Tunable Plasmonics Based on Liquid Crystals, a book chapter in Active Plasmonic Nanomaterials, Edited by Luciano De Sio, Pan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd., Singapore, 2015.

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