University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute


Micro/Nano/Bio Devices


Micro- and nanometer scale electronic, photonic, magnetic and ferroelectric materials and devices are being developed by Prof. Hua Bao, Yaping Dan, Morteza Eslamian, Jon Tomas Gudmundsson, Tian Yang, Ben Yellen and Xinen Zhu. The research efforts rely on the advanced nanoscale processing, high precision characterization and large scale numerical simulation facilities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Prof. Bao’s research focuses on the energy transport and conversion at nanoscale. This group is dedicated to develop fundamental understanding of energy transport mechanism at nanoscale and innovative approaches to solve the sustainable energy and energy efficiency problems, such as electronics cooling and energy conversion devices.

Prof. Dan’s group focuses on developing high-performance low dimensional electronics and optoelectronics.  The goal is to extend Moore’s Law by solving the existing and emerging issues in deep nanoscale integrated circuits. The research involves electronics, optoelectronics, physics, materials sciences, chemistry and biochemistry.

Prof. Eslamian’s research focuses on the technology of Spray-On Photovoltaic Solar Cells, which is to provide a bridge between the conventional thermal-fluid science and spray technology and nanotechnology and advanced materials to fabricate spray-on photovoltaic thin film solar cells. His research also includes other related topics such as on spray systems, atomization, and multiphase flows, modeling and fabrication of micro and nanoparticles by spray route, heat transfer augmentation using nanofluids, thermodiffusion and thermophoresis, etc.

Prof. Yang is studying optoelectronics and photonics at the micro- and nano-meter scales, in which artificially engineered materials and devices are made to manipulate the interactions between light and matter. He is currently developing low-cost, compact and networked surface plasmon resonance biochemical sensors, and repeatable and well controlled single molecule Raman spectroscopy, which have great potential for general public access, remote medical service and novel in-vivo applications. He is developing intra-chip optical interconnect devices, which is a popular route to overcome the electronic integrated circuit bottlenecks and revolutionize the information processing technologies. He is also working on light trapping to produce efficient photovoltaic cells.

Prof. Yellen is working on controlling the assembly, transport and manipulation of multi-phase colloidal systems, and formation of large material systems from colloidal “macro-atoms” which will advance our fundamental understanding of materials science and soft matter systems, and will lead to bulk materials with novel and highly tunable electromagnetic and mechanical properties. He is also studying the transport behavior of superparamagnetic beads in multi-frequency magnetic ratchets to achieve unprecedented control over beads trajectories and to induce different dynamic regimes in a mixture of beads, which has potential impact in controlled separation of biological materials.

Prof. Zhu’s research focuses on the development of reconfigurable RF/microwave front-ends for future wireless communications using ferroelectric thin film technology. The core technology to support this new architect is a tunable/switchable device. He is working on nanometer ferroelectric thin film deposition and optimization, tunable capacitors, switchable acoustic wave resonators, and micro/nano fabrication techniques to realize such devices.


Faculty Members

Related Discipline Groups

Electromagnetics, Photonics and Electrophysics