Wei (Warren) Bao

Contact Information:

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

Adjunct Faculty

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


  • Ph.D.

Postdoc Position Opening

The Group is currently in transition to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) please find our new website from https://faculty.rpi.edu/wei-bao soon

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

 Edgerton Innovation Award 2023
 iCANX Young Scientist Award 2022
 Rising Star of Light 2022
 NSF CAREER Award 2022
 ONR DURIP Award 2021
 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

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 Communications, 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)

After joining UNL

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)

8.    Renjie Tao, Kai Peng, Louis Haeberlé , Quanwei Li , Dafei Jin , Graham R. Fleming , Stéphane Kéna-Cohen , Xiang Zhang*, Wei Bao*. "Halide perovskites enable polaritonic XY spin Hamiltonian at room temperature" Nature Materials, 21, 761–766 (2022)

9.    Tingting Wang, Zhihao Zang, Yuchen Gao, Chao Lyu, Pingfan Gu, Yige Yao, Kai Peng*, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Xiaoze Liu, Yunan Gao*, Wei Bao*, Yu Ye*. "Electrically pumped polarized exciton-polaritons in a halide perovskite microcavity" Nano Letters, 22, 5175–5181, (2022)

10.  Kai PengRenjie Tao, Louis Haeberlé , Quanwei Li , Dafei Jin , Graham R. Fleming , Stéphane Kéna-Cohen , Xiang Zhang*, Wei Bao*. "Room-temperature polariton quantum fluids in halide perovskites" Nature Communications,  13, 7388 (2022)