Wei Bao.

Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering

E411C Nebraska Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588
(402) 472-9491
  • Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.S. in Physics and minor in Chemistry, Peking University, Beijing

Research Interests
  • Laser physics, quantum optics
  • Metamaterials, optical microscopy and biophotonics
  • Micro-nanoscale engineering


Alex Weber-Bargioni, Stefano Cabrini, Wei Bao, Mauro Melli, Eli Yablonovitch, and Peter James Schuck, “Probes for multidimensional nanospectroscopic imaging and methods of fabrication thereof”, U.S. Patent No. 8984661 B2

Honors and Awards
  • NSF CAREER Award 2022
  • Nebraska FIRST Award 2020
  • Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Scholarships, American Vacuum Society 2015
  • AVS Nanometer Scale Science and Technology Division Student Award 2015
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad 2015
  • Ross N. Tucker Memorial Award, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society 2015
  • MRS Graduate Student Gold Award, Materials Research Society 2013
  • R&D 100 Award, R&D Magazine 2013
  • Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Award, Peking University 2009

Selected Publications

Prior to joining UNL

  • Wei Bao, M. Melli, et. al. “Mapping Local Charge Recombination Heterogeneity by Multidimensional Nanospectroscopic Imaging”, Science, 338, 1317, (2012)
  • Wei Bao, Nicholas J. Borys, et. al. “Visualizing nanoscale excitonic relaxation properties of disordered edges and grain boundaries in monolayer molybdenum disulfide” Nature Commun, (6) 7993 (2015)
  • Xiaoze Liu, Wei Bao, et. al, “Control of coherently coupled exciton-polaritons in monolayer tungsten disulphide” Phys. Rev. Lett. 119 (2), 027403 (2017)
  • Rongkuo Zhao, Lin Li, Sui Yang, Wei Bao, et. al, “Stable Casimir Equilibria and Quantum Trapping”, Science, 364, 984, (2019)
  • Wei Bao, Xiaoze Liu, Fei Xue, et. al, “Observation of Rydberg exciton polaritons and their condensate in a perovskite cavity”, PNAS. 116 (41), 20274, (2019)

After joining UNL

  • Yali Bi, Chi Yang, Lei Tong, Haozheng Li, Boyu Yu, Shuai Yan, Guang Yang, Meng Deng, Yi Wang, Wei Bao*, Lei Ye*, Ping Wang*. "Far-field Transient Absorption Nanoscopy with Sub-50 nm Optical Super-Resolution", Optica 7(10), 1402-1407 (2020)
  • Quanwei Li, , Zhaoyu Nie, Yang Xia, Yahui Xue, Yuan Wang, Sui Yang, Xiang Zhang. "A non-unitary metasurface enables continuous control of quantum photon–photon interactions from bosonic to fermionic" Nature Photonics 15, 267–271 (2021)