Principle Investigator

Prof. Peter Qiang Liu

Jan. 2017 - present       Assistant Professor at UB EE


Sep. 2015 - Jan. 2017    Postdoc at Sandia National Labs

Oct. 2012 - Sep. 2015    Postdoc at ETH Zurich


Ph.D.   2012      Princeton University

M.A.     2009      Princeton University

B.E.      2007      Tsinghua University


Office: 230J Davis Hall, University at Buffalo

Office Phone: +1 716-645-1037



Short Biography:

Dr. Peter Qiang Liu joined University at Buffalo Electrical Engineering in January 2017 after completing a postdoctoral researcher appointment at Sandia National Laboratories, working on metamaterials-enhanced light-matter interactions in semiconductors and strongly correlated electron materials.  Previous to that, he was appointed as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Quantum Electronics and the Department of Physics at ETH Zurich (October 2012 to September 2015). His work there focused on developing graphene-based tunable THz and MIR plasmonic and metamaterial structures for various device applications.


Dr. Liu obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in September 2012. His thesis work focused on developing high-performance Quantum Cascade lasers employing novel quantum and laser cavity designs. He received his B.E. in Electronic Engineering with highest honor from Tsinghua University, Beijing, in 2007.


Selected Honors and Awards:

NSF CAREER Award                                                                                              February 2019

Best Poster Award at International School of Photonics 2013 (Cortona, Italy)       May 2013

Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship                                                                    2011 – 2012

Francis Robbins Upton Fellowship                                                                          2007 – 2011

Newport Award of Excellence in Photonics                                                             May 2011

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award                                                                   September 2009

MIRTHE Center Significant Research Contributions Award                                   August 2009

Tsinghua University Highest Honors for Graduate                                                  June 2007

Distinguished Graduate in the City of Beijing                                                          June 2007

Tsinghua University Outstanding Independent Research Thesis                           June 2007




Graduate Students


Xianglong (Kevin) Miao










Geng Li











Anwesha Palit










Dhananjay Mishra






Undergraduate Students

We always welcome motivated undergraduate students to join our lab and participate in exciting cutting-edge research projects!



Former Group Members

Rhea Pearl Fernades  (Master)


Jipeng (David) Dai   (Master)


Hao Sheng Koay  (Undergraduate)


Licheng Xiao   (Master)


Yan Zhang (Undergraduate)