University of Minnesota
Institute of Technology
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Mo Li
Assistant Professor


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

Area of Expertise: Nanophotonics, NEMS/MEMS, nanoscale RF/microwave devices,
low noise and quantum measurements, bio/chemical sensors

Honors and Awards
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

Contact information
Office: 5-127 Keller Hall
Phone: 612-625-4873
Research Web site:

Selected Publications
• S. J. Koester, Mo Li “High-speed waveguide-coupled graphene-on-graphene optical modulators”, Applied Phyics Letters, 100, 171107 (2012).
• M. Bagheri, M. Poot, Mo Li, W. Pernice, H. Tang "Dynamic manipulation of mechanical resonators in the high amplitude regime through optical backaction", Nature Nanotechnology 6, 726 (2011).
• Mo Li, W. Pernice, H. Tang, “Ultrahigh-Frequency Nano-Optomechanical Resonators in Slot Waveguide Ring Cavities”, Applied Physics Letters 97, 183118 (2010).
• Mo Li, E. Myers, H. Tang, J. Aldridge, J. Whiting, R. J. Simonson, H. McCaig, N. S. Lewis, M. L. Roukes, “Nanoelectromechanical resonator arrays for ultrafast, gas-phase chromatographic chemical analysis”, Nano Letters 10, 3899(2010).
• Mo Li, W. Pernice, H. X. Tang, “Tunable bipolar optical interactions between guided lightwaves”, Nature Photonics 3, 464 (2009).
• Mo Li, W. Pernice and H. X. Tang, “Reactive Cavity Optical Force on Micro-disk Coupled Nanomechanical Beam Waveguides”, Physical Review Letters 103, 223901 (2009).
• Mo Li, W. Pernice, H. X. Tang, “Broadband all-photonic transduction of nanocantielvers”, Nature Nanotechnology 4, 377(2009).
• Mo Li, W. Pernice, C. Xiong, T. Baehr-Jones, M. Hochberg, H. X. Tang, “Harnessing optical forces in integrated photonic circuits”, Nature 456, 480 (2008).
• 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).