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Cheng Sun

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech B392
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-0704Email Cheng Sun


Cheng Sun Research Group


Mechanical Engineering

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Ph.D. Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Penn State, State College, PA

M.S. Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

B.S. Physics, Nanjing University, China

Research Interests

 Sun’s primary research interests are in the fields of Emerging applications of nano-electronics, nanophotonics, nano-electromechanical systems and nano-biomedical systems necessitate developments of viable nano-manufacturing technologies. His research group is engaged in developing novel nano-scale fabrication techniques and integrated nano-system for bio-sensing and high-efficiency energy conversion.

Significant Recognition

  • 2010 NSF CAREER award

Selected Publications

  • Dong, Biqin; Chen, Siyu; Zhang, Zhen; Sun, Cheng; Zhang, Hao F., “Photoacoustic probe using a microring resonator ultrasonic sensor for endoscopic applications”, Optics Letters, (2014)
  • Jiang, Shang-Chi; Xiong, Xiang; Hu, Yuan-Sheng; Hu, Yu-Hui; Ma, Guo-Bin, “Controlling the Polarization State of Light with a Dispersion-Free Metastructure”, Physical Review X, (2014)
  • Sun, Cheng; Chen, Wei; Wang, Chen; Yu, Shuangcheng, “Topology optimization for light-trapping structure in solar cells”, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, (2014)
  • Zhang, Zhen; Sun, Cheng; He, Cheng; Sun, .Xiao-Chen; Yuan, Chang-Sheng, “Nonreciprocal resonant transmission/reflection based on a one-dimensional photonic crystal adjacent to the magneto-optical metal film”, Optics Express, (2013)
  • Balogun, Oluwaseyi; Ahn, Phillip; Zhang, Zhen; Sun, Cheng, “Ultrasonic near-field optical microscopy using a plasmonic nanofocusing probe”, Journal of Applied Physics, (2013)
  • Chen, Wei; Sun, Cheng; Wang, Chen; Yu, Shuangcheng, “Highly efficient light-trapping structure design inspired by natural evolution”, Scientific Reports, (2013)
  • Sun, Cheng; Zhou, Fan; Bao, Yongjun; He, Cheng; Stuart, Colin, “A realistic design of three-dimensional full cloak at terahertz frequencies”, Applied Physics Letters, (2012)
  • Sun, Cheng; Zhou, Fan; Gu, Jianqiang; Cao, Wei; Liang, Dachaun, “Terahertz invisibility cloaking”, Laser and Tera-Hertz Science and Technology, LTST 2012, (2012)