Prof. Yuji Zhao


Yuji Zhao

Assistant Professor, ASU

2017 ASU Fulton Outstanding  Assistant Professor Award 

2016 DoD DTRA YIP Award

2015 NASA ECF Award  

2015 SFAz Bisgrove Scholar Faculty Award

Prof. Yuji Zhao received the B.S. degree in Microelectronics from Fudan University, China in 2008, and the Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2012, after Nobel Laureate Professor Shuji Nakamura. Prior to joining ASU in 2014, he was an Assistant Project Scientist in the Materials Department and Solid State Lighting and Energy Center (SSLEC) at UCSB. Since joined ASU in August 2014, Prof. Zhao has received 2017 ASU Fulton Outstanding Assistant Professor Award,  2016 DoD DTRA Young Investigator Award2015 NASA Early Career Faculty Award, and 2015 Bisgrove Scholar Career Faculty Award.

Prof. Zhao has worked extensively on III-nitride materials and devices, with more than 50 conference and journal publications, one book chapter, and over 10 patents, and has won Outstanding Research Award from UCSB SSLEC for a record four consecutive times (2010 to 2013). His work on III-nitride LEDs and lasers was recognized with a Most Cited Article of the Year Award from Applied Physics Express, an Editor’s Pick of the Year Award from Applied Physics Letters, a Best Paper Award from CLEO, and was featured in over 100 international news outlets with over 5 languages, including Science, Nature Photonics, Optical Society of America (OSA), Compound Semiconductors, and Yahoo.

Postdoctoral Scholar

photo-Kai FuKai Fu (kaifu at asu dot edu) received his B.S. degree in Physics from Ocean
University of China in 2008 and Ph. D degree in Microelectronics and Solid State Electronics in 2013 from Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics (SINANO), Chinese Academy of Sciences. He joined the group in Jan. 2018 and is now a postdoctoral researcher at ASU. His research interests include GaN power devices and photodetectors.

Ph.D Students

HouqiangHouqiang Fu (houqiang dot fu at asu dot edu) received his B.S. degree in Material Physics from Wuhan University China in 2014, where he ranked 1st in his department. He joined the group in Aug. 2014 and is now pursuing the Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering at ASU.
Picture1Xuanqi Huang (xuanqi dot huang at asu dot edu) received a B.S degree in Material Physics from Fudan University, China in 2015. He joined our research group in Aug 2015 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering at ASU.
FullSizeRenderHong Chen (hchen170 at asu dot edu) transferred to ASU in 2014, he is about to graduate from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in summer, 2015. Hong did some calculations on Purcell effect and investigated several novel FDTD techniques before. So far his research interests is combining optoelectronic devices with plasmonics and doing some simulations on such devices. Moreover, he’s a 4 dan Go player, usually turn up in Memorial Union on Saturday.
IMG_20150501_114735Jossue (Josh) Montes (jossue dot montes at asu dot edu) received his BSE in electrical engineering at ASU in 2015. His undergraduate focus was on solid state electronics, complemented with analog & digital circuits. His year-long senior design group project was to design a modular robot to perform particle detection and surveillance in cleanrooms ( He is now seeking an MS with a specialization in solid state electronics.
WIN_20160126_13_02_51_Pro (2)Izak Baranowski (izak dot baranowski at asu dot edu) received a B.Sdegreein Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2013. He joined ourresearch group in Jan 2016 and is currently pursuing an MS degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus in solid state electronics at ASU.
TTsunghansung-Han Yang (tsunghan dot yang at asu dot edu) received his M.S. degree in Photonics and Optoelectronics in 2016 and B.S degree in Electrical Engineering in 2014 from National Taiwan University, Taiwan. His previous work focused on the bio-sensing application of thin-film transistors. He joined our research group in Aug 2017 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering at ASU, with a focus on the GaN HEMT device.


Shiladitya Das, MS student 2017

Zhijian Lu, Ph.D Student, 2017

Alex Willoughby, Undergraduate Student, 2017

Sure Suri, MS Student, 2017

Xiaodong Zhang, Visiting Scholar, 2016