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Lih Lin

  • Professor


Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Adjunct Professor, Physics


Lih Y. Lin joined the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at the University of Washington in 2003. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UCLA. Then she joined AT&T Labs-Research as a Senior Technical Staff Member, working on micromachined technologies for optical switching and lightwave communication systems. In 2000, she joined Tellium, Inc. as director of Optical Technologies to co-lead their R&D effort on high-port-count MEMS optical crossconnects, where she had a sip of telecom start-up frenzy, was gladly terminated and happily found her next home back in academia. Her current research interests are in quantum dot nanophotonics, nanostructure-enhanced laser tweezers, bio-photonics and optical MEMS/NEMS. She has served on the technical program committee and as chair and co-chair of various technical conferences, and has served as guest editor for several journals in the field of photonics. She has over 80 journal publications, over 170 conference papers, 5 book chapters and 32 US patents. Lin was a recipient of the MIT Technology Review Award and a finalist for the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award. Lin is a Fellow of IEEE and a member of the Optical Society of America.

Research Interests

Photonics, optical MEMS/NEMS.

Representative Publications

  • "A highly sensitive UV-Vis-NIR all-inorganic perovskite quantum dot phototransistor based on a layered heterojunction," C Zou, Y Xi, CY Huang, EG Keeler, T Feng, S Zhu, LD Pozzo, and LY Lin, Advanced Optical Materials 1800324 (2018). [ Link ]
  • Chia-Jean Wang, Ludan Huang, Babak A. Parviz, and Lih Y. Lin, “Sub-diffraction photon guidance by quantum dot cascades,” Nano Letters 6(11): 2549-2553, 2006. [ Link ]
  • Katherine Lugo, Xiaoyu Miao, Fred Rieke, and Lih Y. Lin, “Remote switching of cellular activity and cell signaling using light in conjunction with quantum dots,” Biomedical Optics Express 3(3), 447-454, 2012. [ Link ]
  • Matthew Strathman, Yunbo Liu, Xingde Li, and Lih Y. Lin, “Dynamic focus-tracking MEMS scanning micromirror with low actuation voltages for endoscopic imaging,” Optics Express 21(20): 23934-23941, 2013. [ Link ]
  • Peifeng Jing, Jingda Wu, Gary W. Liu, Ethan G. Keeler, Suzie H. Pun, and Lih Y. Lin, “Photonic Crystal Optical Tweezers with High Efficiency for Live Biological Samples and Viability Characterization,” Scientific Reports 6:19924, 2016. [ Link ]
  • Jingda Wu and Lih Y. Lin, “Ultrathin (< 1 μm) Substrate-Free Flexible Photodetector on Quantum Dot-Nanocellulose Paper,” Scientific Reports 7:43898, 2017. [ Link ]
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  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, 1996
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, 1993
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • MS, Physics, 1992
    National Taiwan University
  • BS, Physics, 1990
    National Taiwan University