University of California, Riverside

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty Profile: Ming Liu

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Ming Liu

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ming Liu

Ph.D., Applied Physics

University of California, Berkeley, 2010

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering                                                           321 Winston Chung Hall
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone:(951) 827-6317
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Ming Liu is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Prior to joining UCR, Liu was a postdoctoral researcher at the  University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on using low-dimensional materials to understand the chemical reaction processes at catalyst surfaces, and to improve the performance of heterogeneous catalysts and to replace noble metals with earth-abundant metals for the chemical industry. Liu received his Ph.D. in applied physics from UC Berkeley in 2010, with doctoral research focusing on using nano-materials to control light at the nanoscale. He developed a new type of optical modulator based on graphene for high-speed on-chip optical communication. He also demonstrated a nanoscale plasmonic motor to generate force by harvesting energy from light. His current research interests include investigating the electrical and optical properties of advanced materials, for the purpose of developing novel optoelectronic devices and energy-conversion solutions.


  • Ph.D., Applied physics, University of California, Berkeley, 2010
  • M.S., Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2005
  • B.S., Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2002

Awards and Honors

Chinese government award for outstanding self-financed students abroad, China Scholarship Council, 2010

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of American Physical Society (APS)
  • Member of American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Member of Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Member of Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • Member of International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)
  • Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Research Interests

Photonics, optical communication, material science, nano-fabrication

Selected Publications


  • Liu M., Zhang X., "Silicon photonics: Graphene benefits", Nature Photonics, vol. 7 (2013)
  • Liu M., Zhang X., "Plasmon-boosted magneto-optics", Nature Photonics, vol. 7, 429 (2013)
  • Lee S.H., Choi M., Kim T.T., Lee S., Liu M., Yin X., Choi H.K., Choi C.G., Choi S.Y., Lee S.S., Zhang X., and Min B., "Switching terahertz waves with gate-controlled active graphene metamaterials", Nature Materials, vol. 11, 936 (2012).
  • Liu M., Yin X., and Zhang X., "Double-layer graphene optical modulator", Nano Letters, vol. 12, 1482 (2012). Highlighted by Research Highlights in Nature Photonics, vol. 6, 268 (2012)
  • Liu M., Yin X., Ulin-Avila E., Geng B., Zentgraf T., Ju L., Wang F., and Zhang X., "A graphene-based broadband optical modulator", Nature, vol. 474, 64 (2011)
  • Cang H., Labno A., Lu C., Yin X., Liu M., Gladden C., Liu Y., and Zhang X., "Probing the electromagnetic field of a 15-nanometre hotspot by single molecule imaging", Nature, vol. 469, 385 (2011)
  • Liu M., Zentgraf T., Liu Y., Bartal G., and Zhang X., "Light-driven nanoscale plasmonic motors", Nature Nanotechnology, vol. 5, 570 (2010)

    Highlighted by News and Views in Nature Nanotechnology, vol. 5, 563 (2010)

  • Chang C.W., Liu M., Nam S., Zhang S., Liu Y., Bartal G., and Zhang X., "Optical Mobius symmetry in metamaterials", Physical Review Letters, vol. 105, 235501 (2010)
  • Zhang S., Genov D.A., Wang Y., Liu M., and Zhang X., "Plasmon-induced transparency in metamaterials", Physical Review Letters, vol. 101, 047401 (2008)
  • Liu M., Jiang K., Li Q., Yang H., and Fan S.S., "Laser-induced high local temperature in carbon nanotube", Solid State Phenomena, vol. 121, 331 (2007)
  • Wei W., Jiang K., Wei Y., Liu M., Yang H., Zhang L., Li Q.Q., Liu L., and Fan S.S., "Measuring the stress in field-emitting carbon nanotubes", Nanotechnology, vol. 17, 1994 (2006)
  • Sheng L., Liu M., Liu P., Wei Y., Liu L., Fan S.S., "Field emission from self-assembly structure of carbon-nanotube films", Applied Surface Science, vol. 250, 9 (2005)
  • Liu M., Sheng L., Ge S., Fan S.S., "Enhanced field emission properties of vertically-oriented silicon nanowire arrays", Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology, vol. 25, 312 (2005)
  • Fan S.S., Liu L., Liu M., "Monitoring the growth of carbon nanotubes by carbon isotope labeling", Nanotechnology, vol. 14, 1118 (2003)

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