Qing Dai is distinguished professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, won the 15th "China Youth Science and Technology Award" and the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, the Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the Young Correspondents of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He was  awarded the National Outstanding Youth Science Foundation Grant, Chief Scientist of National Key Research and Development Program, China Youth Science and Technology Award, Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Award for Innovation in Science and Technology, the Second Prize of Natural Science in Beijing, the Most Influential Paper Award in 2019, the Top 10 Advances in Chinese Optics in 2020/2021, and the "National Young Post Masters " title and other honors.


In 2003-2007, he completed the undergraduate and masters course (MEng) at Imperial College of Technology, and in 2011 obtained the doctorate degree from Cambridge University, and then engaged in postdoctoral research at the Optoelectronics Research Center of Cambridge University. In 2012, he was elected to the Junior Research Fellow of Wolfson College of Cambridge University and in May joined the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology.


Mainly engaged in the photonic performance regulation and device research of nanomaterials, including the construction of new nanophotonic devices based on graphene plasmons, and the design of high-performance electron sources based on the mechanism of light field driving ultrafast electron emission.

As a corresponding author, he has published more than 80 SCI papers in Science, Nature, Nature Mater., Nature Nano., Nature Commun., Adv. Mater., Phys. Rev. Lett. and other international well-known academic journals, and the related results have been highlighted by Nature and other scientific media. He has applied for 54 national invention patents, and 33 were authorized.In 2016, as the person in charge, he led the preparation of the Nanophotonics Research Department of the National Center for Nanoscience, and in 2019, as the person in charge, he led the preparation of the Key Laboratory of Nanophotonic Materials and Devices of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and served as the director of the laboratory. As the executive chairman, he organized high-level academic conferences such as the 691st, Y3rd and 743rd Xiangshan Scientific Conferences and ChinaNANO Photonics Chapter. Currently, he serves as Associate Editor of Nanoscale and Nano Today journals and as an invited reviewer for Nature and Nature Materials.

Research areas:

     Carbon-based nanophotonic materials

Selected publications:

1.       Hai Hu#*, Na Chen#, Hanchao Teng#, Renwen Yu*, Mengfei Xue, Ke Chen, Yuchuan Xiao, Yunpeng Qu, Debo Hu, Jianing Chen, Zhipei Sun, Peining Li, F. Javier García de Abajo*, Qing Dai*. Gate-tunable negative refraction of mid-infrared polaritons. Science, 2023, 379(6632):558-561

2.       Weiliang Ma#, Guangwei Hu#, Debo Hu#, Runkun Chen, Tian Sun, Xinliang Zhang *, Qing Dai *, Ying Zeng, Andrea Alù*, Cheng-Wei Qiu*, Peining Li*. Ghost hyperbolic surface polaritons in bulk anisotropic crystals. Nature. 2021, 596: 362-373

3.       Xiangdong Guo#, Ning Li#, Xiaoxia Yang#, Ruishi Qi, Chenchen Wu, Ruochen Shi, Yuehui Li, Yang Huang, F. Javier García de Abajo*, En-Ge Wang, Peng Gao*, Qing Dai*. Hyperbolic whispering-gallery phonon polaritons in boron nitride nanotubes. Nature Nanotechnology, 2023. DOI:10.1038/s41565-023-01324-3

4.       Hai Hu#*, Na Chen#, Hanchao Teng#, Renwen Yu*, Yunpeng Qu, Jianzhe Sun, Mengfei Xue, Debo Hu, Bin Wu, Chi Li, Jianing Chen, Mengkun Liu, Zhipei Sun, Yunqi Liu, Peining Li, Shanhui Fan, F. Javier García de Abajo*, Qing Dai*. Doping-driven topological polaritons in graphene/α-MoO3 heterostructures. Nature Nanotechnology, 2022, 17: 940–946

5.       Guangwei Hu#, Weiliang Ma#, Debo Hu#, Jing Wu, Chunqi Zheng, Kaipeng Liu, Xudong Zhang, Xiang Ni, Jianing Chen, Xinliang Zhang, Qing Dai*, Joshua D. Caldwell, Alexander Paarmann, Andrea Alù*, Peining Li, Cheng-Wei Qiu*. Observation of Hyperbolic Shear Polaritons at the Nanoscale. Nature Nanotechnology, 2022, 18(1):1-7

6.       Ning Li#, Xiangdong Guo#, Xiaoxia Yang*, Ruishi Qi, Tianyu Qiao, Yifei Li, Ruochen Shi, Yuehui Li, Kaihui Liu, Zhi Xu, Lei Liu, F. Javier García de Abajo, Qing Dai*, En-Ge Wang, and Peng Gao*, Direct observation of highly confined phonon polaritons in 3 suspended monolayer hexagonal boron nitride. Nature Materials. 2021, 20(1):43-48

7.       Xiangdong Guo#, Chenchen Wu#, Shu Zhang, Debo Hu, Shunping Zhang, Qiao Jiang, Xiaokang Dai, Yu Duan, Xiaoxia Yang*, Zhipei Sun, Shuang Zhang, Hongxing Xu, Qing Dai*, Mid-infrared analogue polaritonic reversed Cherenkov radiation in natural anisotropic crystals, Nature Communications., 2023, doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-37923-w.

8.       Xiangdong Guo#, Wei Lyu#, Tinghan Chen, Yang Luo, Chenchen Wu, Bei Yang, Zhipei Sun, F. Javier García de Abajo, Xiaoxia Yang*, Qing Dai*. Polaritons in van der Waals heterostructures. Advanced Materials, 2023, 35, 2201856

9.       Aiwei Wang#, Jiuzhou Zhao#, Ke Chen, Zhenjun Li, Chi Li*, and Qing Dai*. Ultra Coherent Single Electron Emission of Carbon Nanotubes, Advanced Materials, 2023, DOI: 10.1002/adma.202300185

10.    Hai Hu*, Renwen Yu, Debo Hu, Alexander McLeod, Pablo Alonso-González, Xiangdong Guo, Hanchao Teng, Chan Li, Na Chen, Xinzhong Chen, Ziheng Yao, Yunpeng Qu, Zhongjun Li, Jianing Chen, Zhipei Sun, Mengkun Liu, Javier Garcia de Abajo*, Xiaoxia Yang, Qing Dai*. Active control of micrometer plasmon propagation in suspended graphene. Nature Communications. 2022, 13: 1465

11.    Yunpeng Qu#, Na Chen#, Hanchao Teng#, Hai Hu*, Jianzhe Sun, Renwen Yu, Debo Hu, Mengfei Xue, Chi Li, Bin Wu, Jianing Chen, Zhipei Sun, Mengkun Liu, Yunqi Liu, F. Javier García de Abajo, Qing Dai*. Tunable planar focusing based on hyperbolic phonon polaritons in α-MoO3. Advanced Materials, 2022, 34(23): 2105590

12.    Shenghan Zhou, Ke Chen, Matthew Thomas Cole, Zhenjun Li, Mo Li, Jun Chen, Christoph Lienau,* Chi Li,* and Qing Dai*. Ultrafast Electron Tunneling Devices—From Electric-Field Driven to Optical-Field Driven. Advanced Materials. 2021,33(35): 2101449

13.    Hai Hu*, Renwen Yu, Debo Hu, Alexander McLeod, Pablo Alonso-González, Xiangdong Guo, Hanchao Teng, Chan Li, Na Chen, Xinzhong Chen, Ziheng Yao, Yunpeng Qu, Zhongjun Li, Jianing Chen, Zhipei Sun, Mengkun Liu, Javier Garcia de Abajo*, Xiaoxia Yang, Qing Dai*, Active control of micrometer plasmon propagation in suspended graphene, Nature Communications, 2021, accepted

14.    Xiangdong Guo, Ruina Liu, Debo Hu, Hai Hu, Zheng Wei, Rui Wang, Yunyun Dai, Yang Cheng, Ke Chen, Kaihui Liu, Guangyu Zhang, Xing Zhu, Zhipei Sun,* Xiaoxia Yang,* and Qing Dai*. Efficient All-Optical Plasmonic Modulators with Atomically Thin Van Der Waals Heterostructures. Advanced Materials. 2020, 20(1):43-48

15.    Chi Li#, Ke Chen#, Mengxue Guan#, Xiaowei Wang, Xu Zhou, Feng Zhai, Jiayu Dai, Zhenjun Li, Zhipei Sun, Sheng Meng*, Kaihui Liu*, Qing Dai* .Extreme nonlinear strong-field photoemission from carbon nanotubes. Nature Communications. 2019, 10:4891

16.    Hai Hu#, Xiaoxia Yang#, Xiangdong Guo, Kaveh Khaliji, Sudipta Romen Biswas, F. Javier García de Abajo, Tony Low*, Zhipei Sun*, Qing Dai*. Gas identification with graphene plasmons. Nature Communications. 2019, 10:1131

17.    Hui Wang#, Hai Hu#, T.-H. Chung#, Jian Qin, Xiaoxia Yang, J.-P. Li,1, R.-Z. Liu, H.-S. Zhong, Y.-M. He, Xing Ding, Y.-H. Deng, C. Schneider, Qing Dai*, Y.-H. Huo*, Sven Hofling, Chao-Yang Lu*, and Jian-Wei Pan*. On-demand Semiconductor Source of Entangled Photons Which Simultaneously Has High Fidelity, Efficiency, and Indistinguishability. Physical Review Letters. 2019122, 113602

18.    Shenghan Zhou#, Ke Chen#, Matthew Thomas Cole, Zhenjun Li,Jun, Chen,Chi Li,* and Qing Dai*. Ultrafast Field-Emission Electron Sources Based on Nanomaterials. Advanced Materials. 2019:201805845

19.    Debo Hu, Xiaoxia Yang, Chi Li, Ruina Liu, Ziheng Yao, Hai Hu, Stephanie N. Gilbert Coeder. Jianing Chen, Zhipei Sun, Mengkun Liu*, Qing Dai*. Probing optial anisotropy of nanometer-thin van der waals microcrystals by near-field imaging. Nature Communications, 2017.8(1):1471

20.    Hai Hu, Xiaoxia Yang, Feng Zhai, Debo Hu, Ruina Liu, Kaihui Liu*, Zhipei Sun*, Qing Dai*. Far-field nanoscale infrared spectroscopy of vibrational fingerprints of molecules with graphene plasmons. Nature Communications, 2016, 7:12334.

Undertaking scientific research projects:

1. The National Key R&D Program of China. "Regulation and application of novel nano polaritons for single molecule resolved infrared spectroscopy", 2021-2026;

2. The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. "Carbon-based Nanophotonics Materials", 2020-2024;

3. Chinese Academy of Sciences (STS plan) project. "Diabetes Noninvasive Detection System and Industrialization", 2019-2020;

4. The key deployment project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. "Research on Ultrafast Optical Physics Based on Nanometer Systems", 2018-2020;

5. Key R&D Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology. "Research on New Nano Cold Cathode Flat X-ray Source and High Sensitivity Detection Device and Its CT Image Reconstruction Method", Participant, 2017-2021;

6. Scientific research equipment development project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. "Dual-probe scattering scanning near-field optical microscope", 2017-2018;

   7. Key Research Project of Frontier Science of Chinese Academy of Sciences. "Graphene plasmon enhanced infrared spectroscopy", 2016-2020;

   8. The Leading Materials Innovation Project of Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission. "Development of Carbon Nanotube Cold Cathode X-ray Generator", 2016-2018;

    9. The major scientific research program of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Science and Technology, "Research on New Nano-plasmonic Components for Optical Information Processing", "Nano-Light Source and Surface Plasmonic Waveguide Regulation", 2015-2019;

    10. The national major scientific research instrument development project from the NSFC, "Development of Microfocus X-ray Real-time Imaging System", 2015-2019.