Jie Yao

Research Expertise and Interest

optical materials, Nanophotonics, optoelectronics, magnetic materials, ferroelectrics

Research Description

Yao Lab is focused on the design, fabrication and characterization of novel optical materials and explore their applications in various areas including nanophotonics, plasmonics, optoelectronics. 

In the News

Crystal with a twist: scientists grow spiraling new material

With a simple twist of the fingers, one can create a beautiful spiral from a deck of cards. In the same way, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have created new inorganic crystals made of stacks of atomically thin sheets that unexpectedly spiral like a nanoscale card deck.

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November 3, 2021
Joanna Thompson
From computers to credit cards to cloud servers, today's technology relies on magnets to hold encoded data in place on a storage device. But a magnet's size limits storage capacity; even a paper-thin magnet takes up space that could be better used for encoding information. Now, for a study published in Nature Communications, researchers have engineered a magnet among the world's thinnest—a flexible sheet of zinc oxide and cobalt just one atom thick. "That means we can store larger amounts of data using the same amount of materials," says University of California, Berkeley, engineer Jie Yao , the study's senior author.
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