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Principal Investigator

Jonathan Fan

Jonathan was born in Columbus, Ohio. He received his BSE degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2004 with highest honors and his PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 2010 under the supervision of Professor Federico Capasso.  He was an NSF Graduate Fellow, and his dissertation focused on the optical properties of self-assembled metallodielectric colloidal clusters.  Afterwards, he was a Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he researched epidermal-based stretchable electronics systems under the supervision of Professor John Rogers.

Awards and Honors:
  • 2011  Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2004  NSF Graduate Fellowship, Harvard University
  • 2004  Peter Marks Prize for Solid State Physics, Princeton University
  • 2004  Jeffrey O. Kephard '80 Engineering Physics Award, Princeton University
  • 2004  Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton University
Education and Training:
  • 2011-2014        Postdoc in Materials Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Advisor: John Rogers
  • 2010-2011        Postdoc in Applied Physics, Harvard University.  Advisor: Federico Capasso
  • 2004-2010        PhD in Applied Physics, Harvard University.  Advisor: Federico Capasso
  • 2000-2004        BSE in Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, Summa Cum Laude

Ph.D. Students

Sage Doshay

Sage is interested in far too many research areas, but is currently focusing on fundamental understanding and potential applications of nanophotonic structures, especially in conjunction with stretchable materials. When not working in these areas, she enjoys walking, dancing, cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, spending time with friends, hanging out with her dogs, and sleeping.

Education and Training:

Ph.D. Candidate, Applied Physics, Stanford University
B.S. in Applied Physics, University of Califonia Santa Cruz, 2012

David is interested in programmable and self-assembled nanophotonic structures, and is currently working on plasmonic structures with dynamic properties. During the rest of his waking hours, he makes fractal art, cooks, and exercises.

Education and Training:

Ph.D. student, Applied Physics, Stanford University
B.S., Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, 2014

Kai is researching modelling, simulation and engineering of various plasmonic nanostructures, their combination with novel semiconductor devices and possible applications in detectors, modulators and biomedical diagnostics. He also concerns about actively controlling plasmonic devices utilizing flexible and stretchable electronic platforms. His interests include swimming, cooking and travelling.

Education and Training:

Ph.D. student, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Peking University, 2014


Casey is researching stretchable electronics and inductive power transfer. His interests include reading, coding, and Aikido.

Education and Training:

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, in progress

Aria Tedjarati is a rising junior majoring in electrical engineering with a minor in computer science.  He is very interested in spacecraft avionics, sensors, and robotics.  He is an avid aviator, and his main passions stem from a mixture of aerospace and electronics.

Education and Training:

B.S. Candidate in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, in progress

Christian is a rising junior in Electrical Engineering from Sayreville, New Jersey. His interests include digital systems, signal processing, and imaging. In his spare time he enjoys weightlifting and playing tennis.

Education and Training:

B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, in progress

Visiting Students

Shi Dong

Shi is a summer visiting student focusing on modeling and simulation of optical devices. He used to study the GFET-based terahertz emission mechanism and the Kinetic Monte-Carlo models of CBRAM at Tsinghua University, supervised by Prof. Zhiping Yu and Prof. Jinyu Zhang. He enjoys playing around with mathematics, reading novels, working out, experiencing new stuff and telling jokes.

Education and Training:

B.S., Microelectronics (Electrical Engineering), Tsinghua University, in progress.

Exchange Student, Electrical Engineering, École Supérieure d'Électricité, 2014

Past Group Members

Postdoctoral Scholars

Time in Group:
Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Leo's work in the group involved quantum optics and novel plasmonic devices. 

Education and Training:

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2014

M.S., Electronics Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, 2006

B.S., Electronics Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, 2004

Visiting Students

Time in Group:
Summer 2014

Zijian was born in Nanjing, China. He researched advanced silicon solar cells and glucose sensors for clinical therapy at Zhejiang University, and is now researching the design and fabrication of flexible electronic devices in Prof. John Rogers’ group at UIUC. While visiting our group at Stanford, he is working on flexible devices for EEGs. His interests include movies, music, swimming, traveling, and a wide variety of reading.

Current Position:
M.S. student in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Education and Training:

M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in progress

Time in Group:
Summer 2014

Qiaojing is a summer student researching stretchable electronics and OCT contrast agents. At Peking University, he studies the magnetoresistance of graphene due to inhomogeneity under the guidance of Prof. Xiaosong Wu. He is also researching enhancements in solar cell efficiency using plasmonics with Prof. Qing Zhao. His interests include electric devices, novel materials, tennis, and all kinds of outdoor activities.

Current Position:
B.S. student in Physics, Peking University
Education and Training:

B.S. in Physics, Peking University, in progress