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Rui CHEN--Professor

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Prof. CHEN Rui is Shenzhen Peacock (Plan B). His main research areas including laser spectroscopy, investigation of the optical properties of materials, optical microcavity and micro/nano laser, etc. Prof. CHEN Rui has published more than 100 papers in world leading journals like Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, Small, Applied Physics Letters, and 12 of the papers were selected as the cover page. From SCI data base, his entire publications have been cited for over 2500 times with an h-index of 30. Currently, he is the PI and collaborator for more than 10 research programs.


Ph.D. in Applied Physics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore  

Ph.D. in Microelectronics and Solid-state Electronics, Xiamen University

B.A. of Science in Physics, Xiamen University

Working Experiences

2020-Present: Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology 

2014-2020: Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology 

2011-2014: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physics and Applied Physics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Research Introduction

Laser Spectroscopy

Investigation of the Optical Properties of Materials

Optical Microcavity and Micro/Nano laser

Design and Fabrication for Optoelectronic Devices

Awards & Honors

2014, Singapore Physics Society Annual Meeting in 2014, Excellent Poster Award

2012, Singapore National Excellent Physics Doctoral Dissertation, Gold Metal (One Gold Metal Only)


Optical Properties:  Investigation based on Laser Spectroscopy

  1. Rui Chen, Q. L. Ye, T. C. He, V. D. Ta, Y. J. Ying, Y. Y. Tay, T. Wu*, and H. D. Sun*, “Exciton Localization and Optical Properties Improvement in Nanocrystal-Embedded ZnO Core-Shell Nanowires”, Nano Letters, 13 (2), 734-739, 2013
  2. Rui Chen, M. I. Bakti Utama, Z. P. Peng, B. Peng, Q. H. Xiong*, and H. D. Sun*, “Excitonic Properties and Near-Infrared Coherent Random Lasing in Vertically Aligned CdSe Nanowires”, Advanced Materials, 23 (11), 1404-1408, 2011
  3. Rui Chen, Q. L. Ye, T. C. He, T. Wu*, and H. D. Sun*, “Uniaxial Tensile Strain and Exciton-Phonon Coupling in Bent ZnO Nanowires”, Applied Physics Letters, 98 (24), 241916, 2011
  4. M. I. B. Utama, Z. P. Peng, Rui Chen, B. Peng, X. L. Xu, Y. Dong, L. M. Wong, S. Wang, H. D. Sun*, and Q. H. Xiong*, “Vertically Aligned Cadmium Chalcogenide Nanowire Arrays on Muscovite Mica: A Demonstration of Epitaxial Growth Strategy”, Nano Letters, 11 (8), 3051-3057, 2011
  5. Rui Chen, D. Li, B. Liu, Z. Peng, G. G. Gurzadyan, Q. Xiong*, and H. D. Sun*, “Optical and Excitonic Properties of Crystalline ZnS Nanowires: Toward Efficient Ultraviolet Emission at Room Temperature”, Nano Letters, 10 (12), 4956-4961, 2010
  6. Rui Chen, H. Y. Liu, and H. D. Sun*, “Electronic Energy Levels and Carrier Dynamics in InAs/InGaAs Dots-in-a-Well Structure Investigated by Optical Spectroscopy”, Journal of Applied Physics, 107 (1), 013513, 2010
  7. Rui Chen, G. Z. Xing, J. Gao, Z. Zhang, T. Wu*, and H. D. Sun*, “Characteristics of Ultraviolet Photoluminescence from High Quality Tin Oxide Nanowires”, Applied Physics Letters, 95 (6), 061908, 2009

Optical Microcavity: Optical Resonator and Micro/Nano Laser

  1. Rui Chen, V. D. Ta, and H. D. Sun*, “Bending-Induced Bidirectional Tuning of Whispering Gallery Mode Lasing from Flexible Polymer Fibers”, ACS Photonics, 1 (1), 11-16, 2014
  2. V. D. Ta, Rui Chen, L. Ma, Y. J. Ying, and H. D. Sun*, “Whispering Gallery Mode Microlasers and Refractive Index Sensing based on Single Polymer Fiber”, Laser & Photonics Reviews, 7 (1), 133-139, 2013
  3. Rui Chen, T. Van Duong, and H. D. Sun*, “Single Mode Lasing from Hybrid Hemispherical Microresonators”, Scientific Reports, 2, 244, 2012
  4. V. D. Ta,* Rui Chen,* and H. D. Sun, “Self-Assembled Flexible Microlasers”, Advanced Materials, 24 (10), OP60-OP64, 2012
  5. Rui Chen, B. Ling, X. W. Sun*, and H. D. Sun*, “Room Temperature Excitonic Whispering Gallery Mode Lasing from High-Quality Hexagonal ZnO Microdisks”, Advanced Materials, 23 (19), 2199-2204, 2011
  6. Rui Chen, H. D. Sun*, T. Wang, K. N. Hui, and H. W. Choi*, “Optically Pumped Ultraviolet Lasing From Nitride Nanopillars at Room Temperature”, Applied Physics Letters, 96 (24), 241101, 2010

Optoelectronic Devices: Design and Fabrication of Optoelectronic Devices

  1. V. D. Ta, Rui Chen, and H. D. Sun*, “Coupled Polymer Microfiber Lasers for Single Mode Operation and Enhanced Refractive Index Sensing”, Advanced Optical Materials, 2 (3), 220-225, 2014
  2. Rui Chen, V. D. Ta, F. Xiao, Q. Y. Zhang, and H. D. Sun*, “Multicolor Hybrid Upconversion Nanoparticles and Their Improved Performance as Luminescence Temperature Sensors Due to Energy Transfer”, Small, 9 (7), 1052-1057, 2013
  3. T. He, W. Wei, L. Ma, Rui Chen, S. Wu, H. Zhang, Y. Yang, J. Ma, L. Huang*, G. G. Gurzadyan*, and H. D. Sun*, “Mechanism Studies on the Superior Optical Limiting Observed in Graphene Oxide Covalently Functionalized with Upconversion NaYF4:Yb3+/Er3+ Nanoparticles”, Small, 8 (14), 2163-2168, 2012
  4. Y. F. Li, W. J. Yin, R. Deng, Rui Chen, J. Chen, Q. Y. Yan, B. Yao, H. D. Sun, S. H. Wei, and T. Wu*, “Realizing a SnO2-Based Ultraviolet Light-Emitting Diode via Breaking the Dipole Forbidden Rule”, NPG Asia Materials, 4, e30, 2012
  5. C. Cheng, B. Liu, H. Yang, W. Zhou, L. Sun, Rui Chen, S. F. Yu, J. Zhang, H. Gong, H. Sun, and H. J. Fan*, “Hierarchical Assembly of ZnO Nanostructures on SnO2 Backbone Nanowires: Low-Temperature Hydrothermal Preparation and Optical Properties”, ACS Nano, 3 (10), 3069-3076, 2009


  1. Rui Chen, D. H. Li, Q. Xiong, and H. D. Sun, “Optical and Excitonic Properties of Crystalline ZnS Nanowires”, in Book Series on “Characterization Tools for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology”, Second Volume “VU-VIS and Photoluminescence Spectroscopy for Nanomaterials Characterization”, edited by Challa Kumar, Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-642-27593-7, 2013
  2. Rui Chen, V. D. Ta, and H. D. Sun, “Whispering Gallery Mode in ZnO with Hexagonal Cross Section”, in “Handbook of Optical Microcavities”, edited by Anthony H. W. Choi, Pan Stanford Publishing, ISBN 978-9-81446-324-9, 2014


  1. Rui Chen, H. D. Sun, and V. D. Ta, “Hemispherical Microstructure Arrays for GaN-Based Light Emitting Diodes and Method for Forming The Arrays”, Singapore, World Intellectual Property Organization, PCT/SG2013/000147
  2. H. D. Sun, Rui Chen, and V. D. Ta, “Self-Assembled Flexible Dome Shape Microstructure Arrays for GaN-Based Light-Emitting Diodes”, United State, The United States Patent & Trademark Office, 61/625,392

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