University of Minnesota
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Mo Li
Associate 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

• 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)
• 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)
• Semere A. Tadesse, Mo Li, “Sub-optical wavelength acoustic wave modulation of integrated photonic resonators at microwave frequencies”, Nature Communications, 5, 5402 (2014)
• Huan Li, Mo Li, “Optomechanical photon shuttling between photonic cavities”,Nature Nanotechnology, 9, 913 (2014)
• Yu Chen*, Hongtao Lin*, Juejun Hu, Mo Li, “Heterogeneously integrated silicon photonics for the mid-infrared and spectroscopic sensing”, ACS Nano, 8, 6955 (2014)
• Nathan Youngblood, Yoska Anugrah, Rui Ma, Steven J. Koester, Mo Li, “Multifunctional graphene optical modulator and photodetector integrated on silicon waveguides”, Nano Letters, 4, 2741 (2014)
• Huan Li, Yu Chen, Jong Noh, Semere Tadesse, Mo Li “Multichannel cavity optomechanics for all-optical amplification of radio frequency signals”, Nature Communications, 3, 1091 (2012)
• Mo Li, W. H. P. Pernice, and H X. Tang, "Reactive cavity optical force on microdisk-coupled nanomechanical beam waveguides", Physical Review Letters 103, 223901 (2009)
• 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)
• 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)