Dr. 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 an Associate Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the City University of Hong Kong. He received his BSc, MPhil and PhD degrees all in Physics from Northwest University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Imperial College London in 2005, 2007 and 2011, respectively. His research interest centers on plasmonic nanophotonics and optical spectroscopy, with particular interest in plasmon-enhanced light-matter interaction at the nanoscale and its applications in energy harvesting and conversion, biosensing and bioimaging. He has published 180 journal papers, given 4 keynote speeches and 80 invited talks, and received 7000 citations and an h-index of 50. Three of his publications have been highlighted in “Editor’s Choice” of Science (2020) and “Research Highlights” of Nature Materials (2010 & 2011), respectively. Another three publications have been respectively selected into 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:

  • 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
  • Finalist 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-2019), 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

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 in Hong Kong, serves Frontiers in Photonics as an Associate Editor, and sits on the editorial board of Materials Today Energy, Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Semiconductors, Journal of Physics Communications, Acta Physica Sinica, Chinese Physics B, and Nano Materials Science.

Research Interests/Areas

Quantum plasmonics and nonlinear nanophotonics

Polariton physics (exciton/plasmon/phonon) in low-dimensional materials and structures

Services in CityU

University-level Ambassador for Mainland Collaboration Scheme

College-level Member of Task Force on Online Teaching

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

Early Career Research Editorial Board Member, Materials Today Energy

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

Young Editorial Board Member, Journal of Semiconductors

Guest Editor, Light: Science & Applications

Associate Editor, Frontiers in Photonics

Topic Editor, Frontiers in Chemistry

International Editorial Board Member, Journal of Physics Communications

Editorial Board Member, Nano Materials Science