Dr. Jian Cui

Helmholtz Pioneer Campus (HPC) Principal Investigator

Nanomaterials and Photonics Research for Optical Biosensing and Engineering (nanoProbe Lab)

Academic Career and Research Areas

Jian Cui (born 1986) received his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Stanford University. There, he conducted basic research in single-molecule biophysical chemistry under Prof. W.E.Moerner. He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from MIT under Prof. Moungi Bawendi, where he worked with interferometric and photon counting methods to study semiconductor nanocrystals.

In 2014, he joined the Optical Materials Engineering Laboratory under Prof. David Norris at ETH Zurich. There, he worked on the design and fabrication of miniaturized optical devices in the field of plasmonics and nanophotonics. He started his independent research career in October 2018 at the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus to work on nanomaterials and nanophotonic approaches to biology.


    • ETH and Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014)
    • Member of USA Delegation to 63rd Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students (2013)
    • Materials Research Society Graduate Student Silver Award (2012)
    • National Science Foundation Graduate Student Research Fellowship (2009)
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute and MIT Teaching Assistant Fellowship (2008)

    Key Publications

    Antolinez FA, Rabouw FT, Rossinelli AA, Cui J, Norris DJ.: „Observation of Electron Shake-Up in CdSe/CdS Core/Shell Nanoplatelets“. Nano Letters 19, 8495–8502 (2019).


    Kress SJP*, Cui J*, Rohner P, Kim DK, Antolinez FV, Zaininger K-A, Jayanti SV, Richner P, McPeak KM, Poulikakos D, Norris DJ.: „A customizable class of colloidal-quantum-dot spasers and plasmonic amplifiers“. Science Adv. 3, e1700688 (2017).


    Cui J, Beyler AP, Marshall LF, Chen O, Harris DK, Wanger DD, Brokmann X, and Bawendi MG.: „Direct Probe of Spectral Inhomogeneity Reveals Synthetic Tunability of Single-Nanocrystal Spectral Linewidths.“ Nature Chem. 5, 602–606 (2013).


    Chen O, Zhao J, Chauhan VP, Cui J, Wong C, Harris DK, Wei He, Han HS, Fukumura D, Jain RK, and Bawendi MG.: „Compact high-quality CdSe-CdS core-shell nanocrystals with narrow emission linewidths and suppressed blinking.“ Nature Mater. 12, 445–451 (2013).


    Wong C, Stylianopoulos T, Cui J, Martin J, Chauhan VP, Jiang W, Popovic Z, Jain RK, Bawendi MG, and Fukumura D.: „Multistage nanoparticle delivery system for deep penetration into tumor tissue“. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. (USA) 108, 2426–2431 (2011).