LIU Yanjun
Associate Professor

Dr. Yanjun Liu is currently an associate professor at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China. He received his Ph.D. degree in photonics from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2007, M.S. degree in optics from Fudan University, China, in 2003, and B.E. degree in optoelectronics from Shandong University, China, in 2000. Before joining SUSTech, he was a research scientist in ASTAR, Singapore (2010-2016), and postdoctoral scholar in Penn State University (2008-2010) and European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENS) (2007-2008). His research interests include liquid crystal photonics, active plasmonics and metamaterials, etc. He is experienced in polymer micro/nano-photonic structures, liquid crystal devices, and laser holograms. He has authored/co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal publications and over 30 peer-reviewed conference papers in his research fields. He is the recipient of Chinese government award for outstanding self-financed students abroad, ICTP TRIL programme fellowship in Italy, and the 12th thousand young talents plan.



Jul 2004–Feb 2007     (Ph.D) School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Sep 2000–Jul 2003     (M.Sc) State Key Lab for Advanced Phontonic Materials and Devices, Dept. of Optical Science and Engineering, Fudan University, China.

Sep 1996–Jul 2000     (B.Eng) Dept. of Optoelectronic Information Engineering, Shandong University, China.


Working Experiences

Aug 2016–Present       Associate Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology

Aug 2010–Aug 2016     Research Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

May 2010–Jul 2010      Temporary Research Staff, Nanyang Technological University.

Sep 2008–May 2010     Postdoctoral Scholar, Pennsylvania State University, USA.

Nov 2007–May 2008     Postdoctoral Fellow, European Laboratory for Non-Linear p; Spectroscopy (LENS), Italy.

Mar 2007–Nov 2007     Research Associate, Nanyang Technological University


Research Introduction
Surface Plasmons
Chiral Surface Plasmon
Liquid Crystal Photonics


Awards & Honors
2016: IMRE Dedicated Service Award
2015: Joseph Wang Award 2015
2012: A*STAR JCO Career Development Award (Lead Investigator)


1.E. H. Khoo, E. S. P. Leong, S. J. Wu, W. K. Phua, Y. L. Hor, and Y. J. Liu, Effect of Asymmetrical Nanostructures on the Extinction Difference Properties of Actin Biomolecules and Filaments, Sci. Rep. 6, 19658 (2016).
2. G. Y. Si, E. S. P. Leong, X. X. Jiang, J. T. Lv, J. Lin, H. T. Dai, and Y. J. Liu, All-Optical, Polarization-Insensitive Light Tuning Properties in Silver Nanorod Arrays Covered with Photoresponsive Liquid Crystals, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17, 13223-13227 (2015).
3.G. Y. Si, Y. H. Zhao, J. T. Lv, M. Q. Lu, F. W. Wang, H. L. Liu, N. Xiang, T. J. Huang, A. J. Danner, J. H. Teng, and Y. J. Liu, Reflective Plasmonic Color Filters Based on Lithographically Patterned Silver Nanorod Arrays, Nanoscale 5, 6243-6248 (2013).
4.Y. J. Liu, G. Y. Si, E. S. P. Leong, N. Xiang, A. J. Danner, and J. H. Teng, Light-Driven Plasmonic Color Filters by Overlaying Photoresponsive Liquid Crystals on Gold Annular Aperture Arrays, Adv. Mater. 24, OP131-OP135 (2012).
5.Y. J. Liu, Y. B. Zheng, J. Liou, I.-K. Chiang, I. C. Khoo, and T. J. Huang, All-Optical Modulation of Localized Surface Plasmon Coupling in a Hybrid System Composed of Photo-Switchable Gratings and Au Nanodisk Arrays, J. Phys. Chem. C 115, 7717-7722 (2011).
6.Y. J. Liu, X. Y. Ding, S.-C. S. Lin, J. J. Shi, I.-K. Chiang, and T. J. Huang, Surface Acoustic Wave Driven Light Shutters Using Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystals, Adv. Mater. 23, 1656-1659 (2011).
7.Y. J. Liu, Q. Z. Hao, J. S. T. Smalley, J. Liou, I. C. Khoo, and T. J. Huang, A Frequency-Addressed Plasmonic Switch Based on Dual-Frequency Liquid Crystals, Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 091101 (2010).

1.Y. J. Liu, G. Y. Si, Y. H. Zhao, and E. S. P. Leong, Tunable Plasmonics Based on Liquid Crystals, a book chapter in Active Plasmonic Nanomaterials, Edited by Luciano De Sio, Pan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd., Singapore, 2015.