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Nicholas Xuanlai Fang

Nicholas Xuanlai Fang

Associate Professor

Room 3-435B
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-253-2247  

Curriculum Vitae

Administrative Contact:
Chevalley Duhart
Room 3-435
Phone: 617-253-3979  

 Research Interests:

Optical and Acoustic Metamaterials; Micro-Nanofabrication technology


Teaching Interests:

Introduction to Materials;

Optics and Photonics;

Micro/Nanoengineering Lab;

Measurement and Instrumentation

Thermal-Fluids Engineering

Thermal-fluid science in the kitchen



            Nanjing University, China                 BS, Physics     1996

            Nanjing University, China                 MS, Physics    1998

            UCLA                                                    PhD, ME           2004 



           UCLA                         Research Engineer     Feb 2004  to   Oct 2004

           UIUC                          Assistant Professor    Nov.2004  to    Dec 2010 

           MIT            Associate Professor(AWOT)Jan 2011  to  June 2014

           MIT            Associate Professor(with tenure)July 2014  to  present


Awards and Recognitions:

            Outstanding PhD Student Award, UCLA                   Sept. 2003

            ASME Pi-Tau-Sigma Gold Medal                             Nov. 2006

            Award of Excellence in Advising, UIUC                     Dec, 2007

            TR35 Young Innovators                                           Sept. 2008

            SME Young Manufacturing Engineer Award              May, 2009

            NSF CAREER Award                                             June, 2009

            Xerox Faculty Award, UIUC                                     May, 2010

            Cambride Who's who Professional of the year,

            Higher Education,                                                   Dec 2010

            ICO Prize/Ernest Abbe Medal by

            the International Commission of Optics                     Oct, 2011

            Fellow, International Society of Nano Manufacturing, Feb, 2013

            ASME Chao and Trigger

            Young Manufacturing Engineer Award,                     Jun, 2013



Professional Service:


Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Micro- and Nano-Manufacturing (JMNM)

Jan 2012-present


Topic Editor in Chief, Frontiers in Optics and Photonics


Nov 2013-Present


Selected Publications:



A. A. Maznev, G. Gu, S. Sun, J. Xu, Y. Shen, N. Fang, S. Zhang, "Extraordinary focusing of sound above a soda can array without time reversal" New Journal of Physics 17 (4), 042001(2015).

C. Shen, J. Xu, N. X. Fang, Y. Jing, “Anisotropic Complementary Acoustic Metamaterial for Canceling out Aberrating Layers”, Phys Rev X, 4, 041033 (2014).



X. Zheng, H. Lee, T.H. Weisgraber, M. Shusteff, J. Deotte, E. B. Duoss, J. D. Kuntz, M. M. Biener, Q. Ge, J. A. Jackson, S. O. Kucheyev, N. X. Fang, and C.M. Spadaccini, "Ultralight, Ultrastiff Mechanical Metamaterials", Science344, 1373(2014).


Anshuman Kumar, Kin Hung Fung, M. T. Homer Reid, and Nicholas X. Fang, "Photon emission rate engineering using graphene nanodisc cavities",Opt. Express, 22, 6400(2014)   


N. Boechler, J. K. Eliason, A. Kumar, A. A. Maznev, K. A. Nelson, and N. Fang, " Interaction of a Contact Resonance of Microspheres with Surface Acoustic Waves", Phys. Rev. Lett., 111, 036103(2013). 


D. Jin, A. Kumar, K. H. Fung, J. Xu and N. X. Fang, "Terahertz plasmonics in ferroelectric-gated graphene", Appl. Phys. Lett.102, 201118(2013).


X. Dang,  J. Qi, M. Klug, P-Y. Chen, D. S. Yun, N. X. Fang, P. Hammond, and A. Belcher, "Tunable localized surface plasmon-enabled broadband light harvesting enhancement for high-efficiency panchromatic dye-sensitized solar cells", Nano Letters13, 637 (2013). 


Howon Lee, Jiaping Zhang, Hanqing Jiang, and Nicholas X. Fang, "Prescribed Pattern Transformation in Swelling Gel Tubes by Elastic Instability",Phys. Rev. Lett., 108, 214304(2012).


Cui Y., K. H. Fung, J. Xu, H. Ma, J. Yi, S. He, and N. X. Fang, “Ultra-broadband Light Absorption by a Sawtooth Anisotropic Metamaterial Slab”,  Nano Letters 12, 1443(2012).   


Kumar A., K. H. Hsu, K. E. Jacobs, P.M. Ferreira, and N.X. Fang, “Direct metal nano-imprinting using an embossed solid electrolyte stamp”, Nanotechnology, Vol. 22:2, art no 155302(2011)


Zhang, S., C. Xia and N. X. Fang, “Broadband Acoustic Cloak For Ultrasound Waves,” Phys. Rev. Lett, Vol 106, 024301, 2011.






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