Bo Zhen

Assistant Professor
Research Areas: 
Condensed Matter, Optics
DRL 2N34
(215) 746-4567
  • Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania (2018-)
  • Elliman Faculty Fellow, Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology, University of Pennsylvania (2018-)  
  • Postdoctoral Associate, jointly between MIT and Technion (2014-2017)
  • Ph.D. Physics, MIT (2014) 
  • B.S. Mathematics & Physics, Tsinghua University (2008) 

Honors & Awards: 

  • Kaufman New Investigator Grant (2018)
  • Air Force Young Investigator Award (2018) 
  • American Physical Society, Carl E. Anderson Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Laser Science, Finalist (2015)
  • MIT, Presidential Fellowship (2008)
  • Tsinghua University, National Scholarships (2005 – 2007)
  • Tsinghua University, Outstanding Freshman Scholarship (2004) 


Research Interests: 

My research focuses on using tools in experimental nano-photonics to attack problems in condensed matter physics and quantum electrodynamics, with an eye on their practical applications. A few current interests of mine include topological photonics, non-Hermitian physics, polaritonics, and photonic integrated circuits. 

Selected Publications: 
  • Bound states in the continuum” C.W. Hsu*, B. Zhen*, A.D. Stone, J.D. Joannopoulos, and M. Soljačić, Nature Review Material, 1, 16048 (2016). 

* denotes equal contribution 

Courses Taught: 

Phys 151: Principles of Physics II 

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