Stephen Chou

Joseph C. Elgin Professor of Engineering
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B412 Engineering Quadrangle
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986
  • M.A., Physics, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1982
  • B.S., Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, 1978

Joseph C. Elgin Professor of Engineering
Associated Faculty in the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM)

Chou group has two primary missions: (i) explore innovative applications of nanotechnologies in information, energy, life science, and personal health by combining cutting-edge nanotechnology with frontier knowledge from different disciplines; and (ii) to develop new nanofabrication technologies that will fabricate structures substantially smaller, better, and cheaper than current technology permits.

Nanotechnology offers great opportunities for revolutionary advances in broad disciplines, because many conventional theories no longer apply in nanoscale.

Chou group’s current researches focus on three areas:  nano-bioengineering, nanophotonics, and nanofabrication. Our previous works include nano-transistors and nano-magnetics. Chou Group has laboratories of extensive equipment and facilities in nanobiology, nanophotonics, nanolectrontronics, nanomagnetics, and nanofabrication.

    Publications List: 
    1. W. Ding, Y. Wang, H. Chen, and S. Y. Chou, "Plasmonic Nanocavity Organic Light-Emitting Diode with Significantly Enhanced Light Extraction, Contrast, Viewing Angle, Brightness, and Low-Glare," DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201400964, Adv. Funct. Mater. (2014).

    2. S. Y. Chou and W. Ding, "Ultrathin, high-efficiency, broad-band, omni-acceptance, organic solar cells enhanced by plasmonic cavity with subwavelength hole array," Optics Express 21 (1) A60–A76 (2013).

    3. L. Zhou, F. Ding, H. Chen, W. Ding, W. Zhang, and S. Y. Chou, "Enhancement of Immunoassay's Fluorescence and Detection Sensitivity Using Three-Dimensional Plasmonic Nano-Antenna-Dots Array," Anal. Chem. 84, 4489−4495 (2012).

    4. W. Zhang, F. Ding, W. Li, Y. Wang, J. Hu and S. Y. Chou, "Giant and uniform fluorescence enhancement over large areas using plasmonic nanodots in 3D resonant cavity nanoantenna by nanoimprinting," Nanotechnology 23, 225301 (2012).

    5. W. Li, J. Hu, and S. Y. Chou, “Extraordinary light transmission through opaque thin metal film with subwavelength holes blocked by metal disks,” Optics Express, Vol. 19 Issue 21, pp.21098-21108 (2011).

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    Honors and Awards: 

    • Member of National Academy of Engineering (2007)
    • National Academy of Invention
    • IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award (2004)
    • IEEE Nanotechnology Pioneer Award
    • Inductee of New Jersey High Tech Hall of Fame (2004)
    • Einstein Professorship, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    • Pan Wen Yuan Foundation, Outstanding Research Award (2009)
    • Fellow of IEEE, AVS, OSA
    • Packard Fellow (1991)
    • "Ten Emerging Technologies That Would Change World", MIT Technology Review (2003, 2007)
    • Distinguished Achievement Award, Chinese Institute of Engineers, USA (2007)
    • Nano 50 Award (Inventor) (2007)
    • Joseph C. Elgin Professor, Princeton University (1997)
    • McKnight-Land Grant Professor, University of Minnesota (1992)