Qing Dai is distinguished professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, won the 15th "China Youth Science and Technology Award" and the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, the Fellow of The Optical Society of America and The Royal Society of Chemistry, TWAS YOUNG AFFILIATE of The World Academy of Science.


In 2003-2007, he completed the undergraduate and masters course (MEng) at Imperial College of Technology, and in 2011 obtained the doctorate degree from Cambridge University, and then engaged in postdoctoral research at the Optoelectronics Research Center of Cambridge University. In 2012, he was elected to the Junior Research Fellow of Wolfson College of Cambridge University and in May joined the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology.


Mainly engaged in the photonic performance regulation and device research of nanomaterials, including the construction of new nanophotonic devices based on graphene plasmons, and the design of high-performance electron sources based on the mechanism of light field driving ultrafast electron emission.

He published more than 130 SCI papers in international academic journals, including 1 article in Nature (corresponding author), 1 article in Nature materials (corresponding author), 5 articles in Nature Commun. (corresponding author), 1 article in Phys. Rev. Lett. (corresponding author) and 9 articles in Adv. Mater. Related results were highlighted by scientific media such as Nature, Nature Photon. Applied for 52 national invention patents and 26 were authorized (including 1 PCT patent). As the executive chairman, he held many high-level academic conferences such as the Xiangshan Science Conference and ChinaNANO Photonics Branch. Currently serves as the associate editor for Nanoscale and Nano Today, and has been the contributing reviewer for journals such as Nature and Nature Mater. He has won many academic honors such as the 15th China Youth Science and Technology Award, 2019 most influential paper award, 2020 China Optics top ten progress award, and the Lu Jiaxi Young Talent Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Research areas:

     Carbon-based nanophotonic materials

Selected publications:

1. Hai Hu*, Renwen Yu, Debo Hu, Alexander McLeod, Pablo Alonso-González, Xiangdong Guo, Hanchao Teng, Chan Li, Na Chen, Xinzhong Chen, Ziheng Yao, Yunpeng Qu, Zhongjun Li, Jianing Chen, Zhipei Sun, Mengkun Liu, Javier Garcia de Abajo*, Xiaoxia Yang, Qing Dai*. Active control of micrometer plasmon propagation in suspended graphene. Nature Communications, 2022, 13: 1465

2. Weiliang Ma#, Guangwei Hu#, Debo Hu#, Runkun Chen#, Tian Sun, Xinliang Zhang*, Qing Dai*, Ying Zeng, Andrea Alù*, Cheng-Wei Qiu*, Peining Li*. Ghost hyperbolic surface polaritons in bulk anisotropic crystals. Nature, 2021. 596: 362-373

3. Ning Li#, Xiangdong Guo#, Xiaoxia Yang*, Ruishi Qi, Tianyu Qiao, Yifei Li, Ruochen Shi, Yuehui Li, Kaihui Liu, Zhi Xu, Lei Liu, F. Javier García de Abajo, Qing Dai*, En-Ge Wang, and Peng Gao*, Direct observation of highly confined phonon polaritons in 3 suspended monolayer hexagonal boron nitride. Nature Materials. 2021, 20(1): 43-48

4. Shenghan Zhou, Ke Chen, Matthew Thomas Cole, Zhenjun Li, Mo Li, Jun Chen, Christoph Lienau,* Chi Li,* and Qing Dai*. Ultrafast Electron Tunneling Devices—From Electric-Field Driven to Optical-Field Driven. Advanced Materials. 2021, 33(35): 2101449

5. Xiangdong Guo, Ruina Liu, Debo Hu, Hai Hu, Zheng Wei, Rui Wang, Yunyun Dai, Yang Cheng, Ke Chen, Kaihui Liu, Guangyu Zhang, Xing Zhu, Zhipei Sun,* Xiaoxia Yang,* and Qing Dai*. Efficient All-Optical Plasmonic Modulators with Atomically Thin Van Der Waals Heterostructures. Advanced Materials. 2020, 1907105

6. Chi Li#, Ke Chen#, Mengxue Guan#, Xiaowei Wang, Xu Zhou, Feng Zhai, Jiayu Dai, Zhenjun Li, Zhipei Sun, Sheng Meng*, Kaihui Liu*, Qing Dai*. Extreme nonlinear strong-field photoemission from carbon nanotubes. Nature Communications. 2019, 10: 4891

7. Hai Hu#, Xiaoxia Yang#, Xiangdong Guo, Kaveh Khaliji, Sudipta Romen Biswas, F. Javier García de Abajo, Tony Low*, Zhipei Sun*, Qing Dai*. Gas identification with graphene plasmons. Nature Communications. 2019, 10: 1131

8. Hui Wang#, Hai Hu#, T.-H. Chung#, Jian Qin, Xiaoxia Yang, J.-P. Li,1, R.-Z. Liu, H.-S. Zhong, Y.-M. He, Xing Ding, Y.-H. Deng, C. Schneider, Qing Dai*, Y.-H. Huo*, Sven Hofling, Chao-Yang Lu*, and Jian-Wei Pan*. On-demand Semiconductor Source of Entangled Photons Which Simultaneously Has High Fidelity, Efficiency, and Indistinguishability. Physical Review Letters. 2019, 122: 113602

9. Debo Hu, Xiaoxia Yang, Chi Li, Ruina Liu, Ziheng Yao, Hai Hu, Stephanie N. Gilbert Coeder. Jianing Chen, Zhipei Sun, Mengkun Liu*, Qing Dai*. Probing optical anisotropy of nanometer-thin van der waals microcrystals by near-field imaging. Nature Communications. 2017, 8(1): 1471

10. Hai Hu, Xiaoxia Yang, Feng Zhai, Debo Hu, Ruina Liu, Kaihui Liu, Zhipei Sun, Qing Dai*. Far-field nanoscale infrared spectroscopy of vibrational fingerprints of molecules with graphene plasmons. Nature Communications. 2016, 7: 12334


Undertaking scientific research projects:

1. The National Key R&D Program of China. "Regulation and application of novel nano polaritons for single molecule resolved infrared spectroscopy", 2021-2026;

2. The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. "Carbon-based Nanophotonics Materials", 2020-2024;

3. Chinese Academy of Sciences (STS plan) project. "Diabetes Noninvasive Detection System and Industrialization", 2019-2020;

4. The key deployment project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. "Research on Ultrafast Optical Physics Based on Nanometer Systems", 2018-2020;

5. Key R&D Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology. "Research on New Nano Cold Cathode Flat X-ray Source and High Sensitivity Detection Device and Its CT Image Reconstruction Method", Participant, 2017-2021;

6. Scientific research equipment development project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. "Dual-probe scattering scanning near-field optical microscope", 2017-2018;

   7. Key Research Project of Frontier Science of Chinese Academy of Sciences. "Graphene plasmon enhanced infrared spectroscopy", 2016-2020;

   8. The Leading Materials Innovation Project of Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission. "Development of Carbon Nanotube Cold Cathode X-ray Generator", 2016-2018;

    9. The major scientific research program of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Science and Technology, "Research on New Nano-plasmonic Components for Optical Information Processing", "Nano-Light Source and Surface Plasmonic Waveguide Regulation", 2015-2019;

    10. The national major scientific research instrument development project from the NSFC, "Development of Microfocus X-ray Real-time Imaging System", 2015-2019.