Wei (Warren) Bao, Ph.D.

Contact Information:

City Campus (Lincoln)
NH E411C
(402) 472-9491

Assistant Professor

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.S. in Physics and minor in Chemistry, Peking University, Beijing

Postdoc Position Opening

We have a postdoc position opening starting from Jan 2022. If you have a Ph.D. degree in Physics or Optics, please feel free to contact me. Ideally, I am looking for someone with a solid knowledge background and a nice track record. Please also send me a one-page proposal on what topics you plan to work on. For the proposal, one can assume unlimited resources and freedom, the goal is to publish 2 Nature/Science series papers in 3-4 years. If those future proposals aligned with some of my past research, that will be preferred; if not, no harm at all.

If you are interested in a graduate student research assistant position, please send me a one-page proposal on what topics you plan to work on.  For students who feel that they are not living up to their full potential in their current research groups, you are also encouraged to send me an email. Working  in our group, you will find a friendly and productive environment, and we strive to do science at our best.

Areas of Research and Professional Interest

Laser physics, quantum optics.

Metamaterials, optical microscopy and Biophotonics.

Micro-nanoscale engineering

Research Profiles:


Alex Weber-Bargioni, Stefano Cabrini, Wei Bao, Mauro Melli, Eli Yablonovitch, and Peter James Schuck, “Probes for multidimensional nanospectroscopic imaging and methods of fabrication thereof”, U.S. Patent No. 8984661 B2

Courses Taught

  • ECEN 498-006 Nano-optics
  • ECEN 306 Electromagnetic field theory

Honors and Awards

 Nebraska FIRST Award 2020
 Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Scholarships, American Vacuum Society 2015
 AVS Nanometer Scale Science and Technology Division Student Award 2015
 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad 2015
 Ross N. Tucker Memorial Award, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society 2015
 MRS Graduate Student Gold Award, Materials Research Society 2013
 R&D 100 Award, R&D Magazine 2013
 Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Award, Peking University 2009


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Selected Publications

Prior to joining UNL

1.    Wei Bao, M. Melli, et. al. “Mapping Local Charge Recombination Heterogeneity by Multidimensional Nanospectroscopic Imaging”, Science, 338, 1317, (2012)

2.    Wei Bao, Nicholas J. Borys, et. al. “Visualizing nanoscale excitonic relaxation properties of disordered edges and grain boundaries in monolayer molybdenum disulfide” Nature Commun, (6) 7993 (2015)

3.    Xiaoze Liu, Wei Bao, et. al, “Control of coherently coupled exciton-polaritons in monolayer tungsten disulphide”  Phys. Rev. Lett. 119 (2), 027403 (2017)

4.    Rongkuo Zhao, Lin Li, Sui Yang, Wei Bao, et. al, “Stable Casimir Equilibria and Quantum Trapping”, Science, 364, 984, (2019)

5.    Wei Bao, Xiaoze Liu, Fei Xue, et. al, “Observation of Rydberg exciton polaritons and their condensate in a perovskite cavity”, PNAS. 116 (41), 20274, (2019)

UNL works

6.    Yali Bi, Chi Yang, Lei Tong, Haozheng Li, Boyu Yu, Shuai Yan, Guang Yang, Meng Deng, Yi Wang, Wei Bao*, Lei Ye*, Ping Wang*. "Far-field Transient Absorption Nanoscopy with Sub-50 nm Optical Super-Resolution", Optica 7(10), 1402-1407 (2020)

7.    Quanwei Li, Wei Bao, Zhaoyu Nie, Yang Xia, Yahui Xue, Yuan Wang, Sui Yang, Xiang Zhang. "A non-unitary metasurface enables continuous control of quantum photon–photon interactions from bosonic to fermionic" Nature Photonics 15, 267–271 (2021)