Welcome to Prof. Cheng Sun's research group at Northwestern University. Our group aims to develop innovative technologies in pushing the capabilities into a whole new dimension, including super-resolution nano-imaging, high-throughput nano-fabrication/nano-manufacturing, high sensitivity biosensing, as well as high efficiency energy conversion. We are currently exploring a variety of projects in our group, including optical Metamatierals, Plasmonic nano-photonics, novel 3D micro/nano-fabrications, and nano-bio interface.


Superlens Negative Refraction Template uSL Cells


        News at Sun's Group

  • Fabruary 2017: our collaborative work on the observation of visible light excited "fluorescence blinking" from unmodified DNA for super-resolution imaging received one of six 2016 Cozzarelli Prize selected by the PNAS Office at the National Academy of Sciences. Congratulations!
  • January 2017: Henry Oliver T. Ware received the best paper awards for his presentation entitled "Process development for high-resolution 3D-printing of bioresorbable vascular stents" at the 2017 SPIE Photonics West (LASE) conference.
  • January 2017: Dr. Biqin Dong received the "Picoquant Young Investigator Award" for his presentation entitled "Spectroscopic photon localization microscopy: breaking the resolution limit of single molecule localization microscopy" at the 2017 SPIE Photonic West (BIOS) conference.
  • November 2016: Congratulations to Biqin and Xiangfan for publishing "Gigahertz All-Optical Modulation Using Reconfigurable Nanophotonic Metamolecules" on Nano Letters.
  • September 2016: Congratulations to Xiangfan for publishing "Scaling the Artificial Polariton Bandgap at Infrared Frequencies Using Indium Tin Oxide Nanorod Arrays" on Advanced Optical Materials.
  • July 2016: Congratulations to Biqin for publishing "Super-Resolution Intrinsic Fluorescence Imaging of Chromatin Utilizing Native, Unmodified Nucleic Acids for Contrast" on Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
  • June 2016: Congratulations to Biqin Dong for publishing paper on Nature Communications to report our newly developed super-resolution spectroscopic optical imaging technology.
  • August 2015: Xiangfan Chen has received Martin Outstanding Graduate Fellowship, 2015.
  • November 2014: Chen Wang's paper on repurposing Blu-ray movie discs as quasi-random nanoimprinting templates for photon management was published on Nature's journal: Nature Communications (Link)
  • October 2014: Zhen's paper on micro-ring resonator (MRR) based ultrasonic detector was selected as featured article and cover page for Journal of Applied Physics. (Link)
  • August 2014: Congratulations! Zhen has successfully defended his PhD dissertation.
  • June 2014: Zhen's paper on Rapid fabrication of hierarchically structured supramolecular nanocomposite thin films in one minute on Nature's jounral: Nature Communications (Link)
  • August 2013: Chen Wang has received Martin Outstanding Graduate Fellowship, 2013.
  • June 2013: Chen Wang has received 2013 SPIE Student Travel Grant by the Newport Spectra-Physics Research Excellence Travel Awards Program.
  • May 2013: Congratulations! Fan has successfully defended his PhD dissertation.
  • Chen's paper on Solar Cell Design published on Nature's new jounral: Scientific Reports (Link)
  • Fan's paper on THz invisibilty cloak published on Nature's new jounral: Scientific Reports (Link)
  • Prof. Sun won ASME Chao & Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award
  • Prof. Sun Receives a NSF CAREER Award. (Link)
  • Peng's paper on flourescent nano-wires published in ACS Nano.
  • Yongjun published two papers on Chiral metamaterials in Physical Review B.
  • Research on detecting the prostate cancer cells is published in ACS Nano.


        Immediate opening for Graduate Student Researchers. (Link)