Welcome to the webpage of Prof. Pai-Yen Chen’s research group!
Dr. Pai-Yen Chen is Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA. His group conducts interdisciplinary research dedicated to applied electromagnetics, RF/microwave antennas and circuits, ubiquitous and multispectral sensing technology, RFIDs and IoT devices for wireless health, smart city, among many others, as well as micro/nano-scale electromagnetism, including plasmonics, metamaterials and nanophotonics. He serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology (IEEE JERM), IEEE Sensors Journal, and IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification (IEEE JRFID). He is Founder and Chair of IEEE Sensors Council Chicago Chapter.
We are currently looking for postdoc and PhD students. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in antenna and circuit designs for RFIDs, IoTs and 5G systems, AI and machine learning, metamaterials, topological electromagnetism, PT-symmetry and non-Hermitian physics. We are also looking for MS/PhD students who have RFIC and Analog VLSI experience, and are interested in hardware cyber-security (with internship opportunities offered by Maxim Integrated Inc.).
*8-15-2019: Our invited News & Views on “Exceptional points enhance wireless readout” has been published in Nature Electronics [web]!
*8-5-2019: Our paper on epsilon‐near‐zero supercoupling in collaboration with Dr. Yue Li at Tsinghua University has been selected as the inside front cover of Advanced Theory and Simulations [web]!
*3-14-2019: We are pleased to announce that the IEEE Chicago Sensors Chapter has been formed in the Chicago metropolitan area [web]! The Chapter will regularly invite IEEE Sensors Council Distinguished Lecturers to give seminar talks. For further information or to find out about volunteer opportunities contact Dr. Chen.
*2-27-2019: Dr. Chen was awarded the ACES (Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society) Early Career Award for “contributions to theoretical analysis and modeling of linear and nonlinear electromagnetic phenomena at micro- and nanoscale.”
*1-24-2019: Congratulations to Dr. Nasser Al-Khaldi who has defensed his PhD and will take the faculty position in Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Jubail Industrial College in Saudi Arabia!
*11-2-2018: Dr. Chen was invited to seminar talk “Enhanced sensitivity in non-Hermitian RF and optical sensors,” at CUNY Advanced Science Research Center. Thanks, Dr. Andrea Alu for the invitation!
*4-24-2018: Dr. Chen was awarded the College of Engineering Research Excellence Award!
*4-9-2018: Dr. Chen received the Raj Mittra Travel Grant (RMTG) Award in IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society!
*3-24-2018: Congratulations to Mehdi Hajizadegan for being selected as a Honorable Mention of student paper competition in 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation.
Dr. Chen explained basics of radio waves and antenna, as well as how to make electronic devices communicate in the wireless world. The photo was taken in the Radio Science Lab in the STEM Day [web]).
*1-19-2018: Dr. Chen received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award from the Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) program, for the proposed research on sensors for wireless healthcare and IoTs [WSU CoE News; WSU Div. Research News].
*12-14-2017: Dr. Chen was invited to seminar talk “Ultrasensitive and Non-Invasive Graphene Nanosensors: From RF to Infrared,” at School of Electronic Information and Electrical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tung University. Thanks, Dr. Guangtao Xue for the invitation!
*12-14-2017: Congratulations to Liang Zhu, Maryam Sakhdari, and Mehdi Hajizadegan for receiving the 2018 USNC-URSI Student Fellowship Award.
*12-14-2017: Congratulations to Mehdi Hajizadegan for receiving the Olbrot Travel Award.
*12-1-2017: Dr. Chen now serves as an Associated Editor of Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification (IEEE JRFID) [web].
*11-24-2017: Dr. Chen now serves as an Associated Editor of Associate Editor of the IEEE Sensors Journal [web].
*10-30-2017: Dr. Chen serves as Vice Chair: Chapter IV (Microwave Theory and Techniques Soc., MTT-S) of IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section.
*8-16-2017: Dr. Chen was selected as the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Sensors Council Early Career (Young Professional) Award for “pioneering contributions and innovations in the development of concepts and applications of wireless and non-invasive sensors, and electromagnetic theory for radio-frequency, terahertz, and optical sensors [WSU CoE news; IEEE].”
*5-22-2017: Nanowerk highlights our recent papers on graphene smart contact lenses [web].
*5-16-2017: Dr. Chen becomes an Associated Editor of IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF, and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology (IEEE J-ERM) [web].
*5-16-2017: Congratulations to Maryam Sakhdari for receiving the prestigious Thomas C. Rumble Fellowship Award!
*5-3-2017: Dr. Chen has been elevated to be IEEE Senior Member!
*4-6-2017: Congratulations to Maryam Sakhdari for being selected as a Honorable Mention of student paper competition in 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation.
*4-6-2017: Congratulations to Mehdi Hajizadegan for being selected as a Honorable Mention of student paper competition in 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation.
*4-2017: Dr. Chen was invited to seminar talk “Ultrasensitive and Non-invasive Graphene Nanobiosensors,” at University of Nebraska Lincoln. Thanks, Dr. Christos Argyropoulos for the invitation!
*4-7-2017: Dr. Chen was invited to seminar talk “Loss and Noise-Immune Wireless Microsensors,” at Texas Technological University. Thanks, Dr. Changzhi Li for the invitation!
*3-3-2017: Dr. Chen was invited to seminar talk “Loss and Noise-Immune Wireless Microsensors,” at Maxim Integrated Inc.. Thanks, Dr. Jonathan Hung for the invitation!
*2-16-2017: Dr. Chen will be on the editorial board of Advanced Electromagnetics.
*12-27-2016: Dr. Chen will present “Ultrasensitive and Non-invasive Graphene Nanosensors: From RF to Infrared,” at State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Waves, Southeast University, Nanjing, China. Thanks, Dr. Zhi Hao Jiang for the invitation!
*12-26-2016: Dr. Chen will present “All-plasmonic Detection and Harvest of Light,” at University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, Shanghai, China. Thanks, Dr. Sung-Liang Chen for the invitation!
*11-18-2016: Dr. Chen was invited to Nano Seminar “Ultrasensitive and Non-invasive Graphene Nanobiosensors,” at University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Thanks, Dr. Pei-Cheng Ku for the invitation!
*11-3-2016: Dr. Chen was invited to seminar talk “Graphene Plasmonics and Nanoelectromagnetism for Biosensing Applications,” at the NanoScience and Technology Center of University of Central Florida. Thanks, Dr. Saiful Khondaker for the invitation!
*10-5-2016: Dr. Chen was invited to serve as the Technical Program Committee of META 2017, 8th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics to be held in Incheon-Seoul, Korea.
*9-28-2016: Our paper “Self-Powered and Transparent All-Graphene Biosensor” has been selected as one of the 33 best papers for the IEEE SENSORS 2016 Conference with a travel grant.
*9-1-2016: Dr. Chen was invited to seminar talk “Graphene Nanoelectromagnetism: Plasmonic, Photonic and Biosensing Applications,” at Michigan Technological University. Thanks, Dr. Ramy El-Ganainy for the invitation!
*7-21-2016: Dr. Chen was invited to seminar talk “Nanoelectromagnetism: Plasmonics, Electromagnetics, and Circuits,” at Air Force Research Laboratory. Thanks, Dr. Shin Mou for the invitation!
*6-6-2016: Nanowerk highlights our recent papers on graphene sensing frequency-modulator and self-powered wireless sensor. Check our interview with [Nanowerk].
*4-18-2016: Our recent paper “Chemical-sensitive graphene modulator with memory effect for internet-of-things applications,” has been selected as the Feature Article on the homepage of the new Nature journal [Microsystems & Nanoengineering].
*4-11-2016: Our recent paper “Giant photoresponsivity of midinfrared hyperbolic metamaterials in the photon-assisted-tunneling regime,” has been selected as Editors’ Suggestion of Physical Review Applied.
*3-26-2016: Congratulations to Maryam Sakhdari for being selected as a Finalist of student paper competition in 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation.
*3-26-2016: Congratulations to Mehdi Hajizadegan for being selected as a Finalist of student paper competition in 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation.
*3-26-2016: Dr. Chen was invited to IEEE seminar talk “Graphene Nanoelectromagnetism: Plasmonic, Electromagnetic, and Circuit Properties,” at University of Texas at Austin.
*12-7-2015: Dr. Chen and collaborators (Dr. Farhat and Dr. Bagci) are invited to present in the IOP Nanotechnology Discussion Webinar on Nanophotonics on 7th December 2-3 pm GMT. We will discuss the interplay among photons, plasmons, and phonons in graphene [web].
*11-12-2015: Dr. Chen was invited to present a seminar talk “Plasmonics and Metamaterials: Novel Architectures to Manipulate and Enhance Light-Matter Interactions” in Physics Colloquium at the Wayne State University.
*9-25-2015: Dr. Chen was invited to present a seminar talk “Nanoantennas, Metasurfaces and Metamaterials to Manipulate and Enhance Light-Matter Interactions” in Optics Society of America (OSA) at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
*4-28-2015: Dr. Chen was invited to present his research “Nanoantenna for Light-Wave Mixing, Rectification, Sensing, and Energy Harvesting” in IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section Spring Conference.
*4-16-2015: Our paper (P. Y. Chen*, M. Farhat, and H. Bagci, “Graphene metascreen for designing compact infrared absorbers with enhanced bandwidth”) has been published in Nanotechnology, highlighted by Nanotechweb, and selected as front cover of Nanotechnology.
*4-13-2015: Check Dr. Chen’s interview with EE Web Community [web]! The outreach mission is to encourage more young people to pursue their engineering careers.
*2-1-2015: Our paper (H. Huang, P. Y. Chen, and D. Akinwande, “Frequency Hopped Wireless Passive Sensing System with Harmonic Transponder Antenna Sensor”) is selected as the Finalist in the Student Paper Competition at IEEE International Microwave Symposium 2015 (IMS 2015). The acceptance rate to IMS is only about 50%.
*8-14-2014: Dr. Chen was invited to lecture a short course in the Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia in January 2015.
*4-30-2014: Our paper “Giant Nonlinear Response From Plasmonic Metasurfaces Coupled to Intersubband Polaritons” has been accepted in Nature
*12-29-2013: CNN selected “making an invisibility cloak” as top science and space stories of 2013. Please see the related works in our early papers published in New Journal of Physics and Physical Review Letters.
*12-03-2013: Our research with Dr. Andrea Alù, and Dr. Christos Argyropoulos, “Broadening the Cloaking Bandwidth with Non-Foster Metasurfaces,” has been published in Physical Review Letters and selected as Editor’s Suggestion. This research has received numerous media outlets including the NBC, Times, BBC, Discovery News, Phys.Org, and UT Public News.
-quoted from Times, “We believe that the development of the concepts and ideas proposed in this paper may open new and exciting research lines in the field of cloaking and invisibility,” Pai-Yen Chen, Christos Argyropoulos and Andrea Alù write in a paper partly funded by the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the National Science Foundation.
*10-25-2013: We are preparing an edited book entitled “Transformation Wave Physics: Electromagnetics, Elastodynamics and Thermodynamics” which will be published in Pan Stanford Publishing (www.panstanford.com). The book will be written by leading authors experts in the field of metamaterials and transformation multiphysics.
*03-28-2013: Going to 2013 EuCAP? 2013 IEEE APS? You are more than welcome to come to our presentation:
- P. Y. Chen, and A. Alù, “Nanoantenna-Enhanced Optical Heterodyning and Photoemission Nanodevices,” 2013 IEEE APS, Lake Buena Vista, FL, July 7-12, 2013 (also a poster presentation in student paper award forum).
- P. Y. Chen, and A. Alù, “All-Graphene Terahertz and Analog Nanodevices and Nanocircuits,” EuCAP 2013, Goteborg, Sweden, April 8-12, 2013, (invited talk).
- A. Alù, “Modeling Optical Nanontennas for Nonlinearity Enhancement, Polarization Control, Communications and Energy Harvesting, EuCAP 2013, Goteborg, Sweden, April 8-12, 2013, (invited keynote talk).
*03-26-2013: My recent research with Dr. Andrea Alù, Jason Soric, and Applied Research Lab “Demonstration of an Ultralow Profile Cloak for Scattering Suppression of a Finite-Length Rod in Free Space,” has been published in New Journal of Physics. This research has received numerous media outlets including the The Daily Texan, NBC News, CNN News, ABC News, CBS News, Discovery, US News, Phys.org, Fox News, Time News Feed, LA Times, Washington Times, Yahoo News, IET E & T Magazine, Weird, CCTV,Global Post,Higher Education, and Nature World News. See more details here.