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Cheng Sun

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

  • Yang, Xinyan; Leng, Junqing; Sun, Cheng; Keten, Sinan, Self-Assembled Robust 2D Networks from Magneto-Elastic Bars, Advanced Materials Technologies (2023).
  • Hai, Rihan; Shao, Guangbin; Ware, Henry Oliver T.; Jones, Evan Hunter; Sun, Cheng, 3D Printing a Low-Cost Miniature Accommodating Optical Microscope, Advanced Materials (2023).
  • Ware, H. O.T.; Ding, Y.; Collins, C.; Akar, B.; Akbari, N.; Wang, H.; Duan, C.; Ameer, G.; Sun, C., In situ formation of micro/nano phase composite for 3D printing clinically relevant bioresorbable stents, Materials Today Chemistry (2022).
  • Ding, Yonghui; Fu, Rao; Collins, Caralyn Paige; Yoda, Sarah Fatime; Sun, Cheng; Ameer, Guillermo A., 3D-Printed Radiopaque Bioresorbable Stents to Improve Device Visualization, Advanced Healthcare Materials (2022).
  • Song, Ki Hee; Brenner, Benjamin; Yeo, Wei Hong; Kweon, Junghun; Cai, Zhen; Zhang, Yang; Lee, Youngseop; Yang, Xusan; Sun, Cheng; Zhang, Hao F., Monolithic dual-wedge prism-based spectroscopic single-molecule localization microscopy, Nanophotonics (2022).
  • Keate, Rebecca L.; Tropp, Joshua; Collins, Caralyn P.; Ware, Henry Oliver T.; Petty, Anthony J.; Ameer, Guillermo A.; Sun, Cheng; Rivnay, Jonathan, 3D-Printed Electroactive Hydrogel Architectures with Sub-100 µm Resolution Promote Myoblast Viability, Macromolecular Bioscience (2022).
  • Huang, Jigang; Ware, Henry Oliver T.; Hai, Rihan; Shao, Guangbin; Sun, Cheng, Conformal Geometry and Multimaterial Additive Manufacturing through Freeform Transformation of Building Layers, Advanced Materials 33(11) (2021).
  • Song, Ki Hee; Zhang, Yang; Brenner, Benjamin; Sun, Cheng; Zhang, Hao F., Symmetrically dispersed spectroscopic single-molecule localization microscopy, Light: Science and Applications 9(1) (2020).
  • Beckmann, Lisa; Zhang, Xian; Nadkarni, Neil A.; Cai, Zhen; Batra, Ayush; Sullivan, David P.; Muller, William A.; Sun, Cheng; Kuranov, Roman; Zhang, Hao F., Longitudinal deep-brain imaging in mouse using visible-light optical coherence tomography through chronic microprism cranial window, Biomedical Optics Express 10(10):5235-5250 (2019).
  • Vahabikashi, Amir; Gelman, Ariel; Dong, Biqin; Gong, Lihua; Cha, Elliott D.K.; Schimmel, Margit; Tamm, Ernst R.; Perkumas, Kristin; Stamer, W. Daniel; Sun, Cheng; Zhang, Hao F.; Gong, Haiyan; Johnson, Mark, Increased stiffness and flow resistance of the inner wall of Schlemm's canal in glaucomatous human eyes, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116(52):26555-26563 (2019).
  • Li, Hao; Dong, Biqin; Zhang, Xian; Shu, Xiao; Chen, Xiangfan; Hai, Rihan; Czaplewski, David A.; Zhang, Hao F.; Sun, Cheng, Disposable ultrasound-sensing chronic cranial window by soft nanoimprinting lithography, Nature communications 10(1) (2019).
  • Davis, Janel L.; Zhang, Yang; Yi, Sijia; Du, Fanfan; Song, Ki Hee; Scott, Evan A.; Sun, Cheng; Zhang, Hao F., Super-Resolution Imaging of Self-Assembled Nanocarriers Using Quantitative Spectroscopic Analysis for Cluster Extraction, Langmuir 36(9):2291-2299 (2020).
  • Zhang, Zheyuan; Zhang, Yang; Ying, Leslie; Sun, Cheng; Zhang, Hao F., Machine-learning based spectral classification for spectroscopic single-molecule localization microscopy, Optics Letters 44(23):5864-5867 (2019).
  • Shao, Guangbin; Hai, Rihan; Sun, Cheng, 3D Printing Customized Optical Lens in Minutes, Advanced Optical Materials 8(4) (2019).
  • Huang, Jingyu; Chen, Xiangfan; Bai, Peter; Hai, Rihan; Sun, Cheng; Xu, Ting, 45% Periodicity Reduction in Nanocomposite Thin Films via Rapid Solvent Removal, Macromolecules 52(4):1803-1809 (2019).
  • Smart, T.; Li, H.; Dong, B.; Shu, X.; Hai, R.; Sun, C.; Zhang, H. F.; Jeanloz, R., High-pressure nano-seismology, Applied Physics Letters 115(8) (2019).
  • Song, Ki Hee; Zhang, Yang; Wang, Gaoxiang; Sun, Cheng; Zhang, Hao F., Three-dimensional biplane spectroscopic single-molecule localization microscopy, Optica 6(6):709-715 (2019).
  • Ware, Henry Oliver T.; Farsheed, Adam C.; Akar, Banu; Duan, Chongwen; Chen, Xiangfan; Ameer, Guillermo; Sun, Cheng, High-speed on-demand 3D printed bioresorbable vascular scaffolds, Materials Today Chemistry 7:25-34 (2018).
  • Chen, Xiangfan; Liu, Wenzhong; Dong, Biqin; Lee, Jongwoo; Ware, Henry Oliver T.; Zhang, Hao F.; Sun, Cheng, High-Speed 3D Printing of Millimeter-Size Customized Aspheric Imaging Lenses with Sub 7 nm Surface Roughness, Advanced Materials 30(18) (2018).
  • Sun, Cheng, Metasurface lens, Nature Materials 16(1):11-12 (2016).
  • Ameer, Guillermo Antonio; Akar, Banu; Sun, Cheng, 3D-printed bioresorbable vascular scaffolds, Expert Review of Precision Medicine And Drug Development 2(3):145-146 (2017).
  • Dong, Biqin; Chen, Xiangfan; Zhou, Fan; Wang, Chen; Zhang, Hao F; Sun, Cheng, Gigahertz All-Optical Modulation Using Reconfigurable Nanophotonic Metamolecules, Nano Letters 16(12):7690-7695 (2016).
  • Dong, Biqin; Soetikno, Brian T.; Chen, Xiangfan; Backman, Vadim; Sun, Cheng; Zhang, Hao F., Parallel Three-Dimensional Tracking of Quantum Rods Using Polarization-Sensitive Spectroscopic Photon Localization Microscopy, ACS Photonics 4(7):1747-1752 (2017).
  • van Lith, Robert; Baker, Evan; Ware, Henry; Yang, Jian; Farsheed, Adam Cyrus; Sun, Cheng; Ameer, Guillermo, 3D-Printing Strong High-Resolution Antioxidant Bioresorbable Vascular Stents, Advanced Materials Technologies 1(9) (2016).
  • Chen, Xiangfan; Guo, Peijun; He, Cheng; Dong, Biqin; Ocola, Leonidas E.; Schaller, Richard D.; Chang, Robert P.H.; Sun, Cheng, Scaling the Artificial Polariton Bandgap at Infrared Frequencies Using Indium Tin Oxide Nanorod Arrays, Advanced Optical Materials 4(12):2077-2084 (2016).
  • Dong, Biqin; Almassalha, Luay; Urban, Ben E.; Nguyen, The Quyen; Khuon, Satya; Chew, Teng Leong; Backman, Vadim; Sun, Cheng; Zhang, Hao F., Super-resolution spectroscopic microscopy via photon localization, Nature communications 7 (2016).