Mo Li

Associate Professor

Research Area: Nanophotonics, NEMS/MEMS, Optomechanics, 2D Material Optoelectronics, Opto-spintronics

5-127 Keller Hall

Area of Expertise:

Nanofabrication, integrated photonics, optoelectronics, low noise measurement, microwave engineering


Ph.D. in Applied Physics, 2007, California Institute of Technology
M.S. in Physics, 2003, University of California - San Diego
B.S. in Physics, 2001, University of Science and Technology of China


National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, 2014
McKnight Land-Grant Professor, University of Minnesota, 2013-2015
Young Investigator Award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) 2012


1. Li He, Huan Li, Mo Li, “Optomechanical measurement of photon spin angular momentum and optical torque in integrated photonic devices”, Science Advances , 2, e1600485 (2016)
2. Huan Li, Semere A. Tadesse, Qiyu Liu, and Mo Li, “Nanophotonic cavity optomechanics with travelling surface acoustic waves at frequencies up to 12 GHz”, Optica, 2, 826-831 (2015)
3. Nathan Youngblood, Che Chen, Steven J. Koester, and Mo Li, “Waveguide-integrated black phosphorus photodetector with high responsivity and low dark current”, Nature Photonics, 9, 247-252(2015)
4. Huan Li, Mo Li, “Optomechanical photon shuttling between photonic cavities”, Nature Nanotechnology, 9, 913 (2014)
5. Mo Li, W. H. P. Pernice, C. Xiong, T. Baehr-Jones, M. Hochberg, H. X. Tang , “Harnessing optical forces in integrated photonic circuits”, Nature 456, 480, (2008).
6. Mo Li, H. X. Tang, M. L. Roukes, “Ultrasensitive, NEMS-based cantilevers for sensing, scanned probe, and very high frequency applications”, Nature Nanotechnology, 2, 114 (2007)

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