Prof. LEI Dangyuan (雷黨願)

BSc Northwest University
MPhil Chinese University of Hong Kong
PhD Imperial College London

Visiting address
Phone: +852 34422487

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes


Dangyuan Lei is a Professor with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, City University of Hong Kong. He received his BSc, MPhil and PhD degrees all in Physics from Northwest University (National Physics Talent Training Base), The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Imperial College London in 2005, 2007 and 2011, respectively. His research interest centers on nanophotonics, optoelectronics, low-dimensional quantum materials, and ultrafast nonlinear optical spectroscopy, with particular interest in cavity-enhanced light-matter interactions at the nanoscale and applications in miniaturized optoelectronics, sensing, imaging, energy conversion and saving. He has published 210 journal papers, given 5 keynote speeches and 100 invited talks, and received about 11000 citations and an h-index of 59. Three of his publications have been highlighted in “Editor’s Choice” of Science (2020) and “Research Highlights” of Nature Materials (2010 & 2011), respectively. Another five publications have been respectively selected into the RSC “Emerging Investigators” themed issue of Journal of Materials Chemistry A (2022), the Wiley “Young Investigator” special issue of EcoMat (2022), the Top 50 Most Read Nature Communications Articles of 2020 in Physics, the RSC “Emerging Investigators” themed issue of Journal of Materials Chemistry C (2016) and the IOP “Emerging Leaders” edition of Journal of Optics (2017).

He has received several important awards and honors, including:

  • World's Top 100,000 Scientists by, 2022
  • World’s Top 2% Most-cited Scientists by Stanford University (single-year-impact), 2022
  • National Science and Technology Expert, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), 2022
  • Elected Member, The Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences (53 members in total), 2022
  • Gold Medal, The International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, 2022
  • Outstanding Research Award for Junior Faculty, City University of Hong Kong, 2021
  • Rising Star Lectureship in Materials Science, Hong Kong Institute of Advanced Study, 2021
  • Representative of Hong Kong for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research & Education (ASPIRE), 2021
  • Finalist of Hong Kong for the iCANX Young Scientists Award, 2021
  • Shanxi Science and Technology Award (2nd-class), 2021
  • World’s Top 2% Most-cited Scientists by Stanford University (single-year-impact), 2020
  • Excellent Young Scientists Fund for Hong Kong & Macau (25 recipients), National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2020
  • Nano Research Young Innovators Award in 2D Materials (35 awardees worldwide), 2020
  • Distinguished Visitor Award, Scottish University Physics Alliance, 2019
  • Key Technology Partner Visiting Fellow, University of Technology Sydney, 2017
  • International Exchange award, Royal Society, 2016
  • Shenzhen Municipal Science and Technology Project Award, Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Commission, 2013 & 2014
  • Early Career Grants award, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, 2013
  • Anne Thorne PhD Thesis Prize, Imperial College London, 2012
  • Deputy Rector’s Award, Imperial College London, 2008-2011
  • Madam Wong Siew Khoon Scholarship, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2005
  • Excellent Graduate of ShaanXi Province and Northwest University, 2005
  • First-class Scholarship of Northwest University, 2004
  • First-class National Scholarship and First-class Scholarship of Northwest University, 2003
  • Second-class National Scholarship and First-class Scholarship of Northwest University, 2002

He is an elected member of the Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences, an OSA Senior Member and a member of SPIE and IOP. He is in charge of the editorial office of Light: Science & Applications (NPG) in Hong Kong, serves Frontiers in Photonics as an Associate Editor, and sits on the editorial board of Materials Today Energy (Elsevier), Journal of Applied Physics (AIP), Journal of Semiconductors (IOP), Journal of Physics Communications (IOP), Acta Physica Sinica (IOP and CPS), Chinese Physics B (IOP and CPS), Nano Materials Science (Science Direct), and The Journal of Light Scattering (CPS).

Research Interests/Areas

Quantum plasmonics and nonlinear nanophotonics

Polariton physics and devices of low-dimensional quantum materials

Plasmonics and metasurfaces for sensing, imaging, energy conversion and saving

Services in CityU

Member, The Senate

Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Review of Teaching & Learning Questionnaire

University-level Ambassador for Mainland Collaboration Scheme

College-level Member of Task Force on Online Teaching

College-level Member of Sub-Committee on Taught Postgraduate Programmes

Program Leader, MSc in Materials Engineering & Nanotechnology

Departmental Task Force Member for Research Assessment Exercise

Departmental Staffing Committee Member

Departmental Laser Officer

Departmental Library Liaison Officer

Departmental Joint PhD Programme Coordinator

Departmental PhD Program and Qualifying Examination Committee Member

Editor or Editorial Membership

Content Manager of the Editorial Office in Hong Kong, Light: Science & Applications, NPG

Editorial Board Member, The Journal of Light Scattering, CPS

Editorial Board Member, Advanced Photonics Nexus, SPIE

Early Career Research Editorial Board Member, Materials Today Energy, Elsevier

Early Career Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Applied Physics, AIP

Young Editorial Board Member, Journal of Semiconductors, IOP

Editorial Board Member, Nano Materials Science, ScienceDirect

International Editorial Board Member, Journal of Physics Communications, IOP

Guest Editor, Light: Science & Applications, NPG

Associate Editor, Frontiers in Photonics, Frontiers

Topic Editor, Frontiers in Chemistry, Frontiers

Review Editor, Frontiers in Optics and Photonics, Frontiers