Zhou Lab

Welcome to Zhou Lab

Welcome to Dr. Weidong Zhou's nanophotonic device and integrated photonics group webpage. The group is working on various optoelectronic and nanophotonic devices and integrated chips(lasers, LEDs, detectors, solar cells, and optical sensors and imagers, etc), with a mission towards scaling of these devices with extreme performance and novel functionalities for integrated intelligent silicon photonics and flexible/adaptive optoelectronics. The research is funded by DoD, NSF, NIH, etc.

Zhou Lab is located at NanoFAB Center, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington.

Dr. Weidong Zhou

Distinguished University Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering (Affiliated)
Department of Bioengineering (Affiliated)

Dr. Weidong Zhou


Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2001
M.E. Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 1996
B.S. Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 1993

Areas of Expertise

Solid state physics and devices
Optoelectronic materials and devices
Nanophotonics and integrated silicon photonics
Flexible optoelectronics and bio-photonics
Micro- and nano-manafacturing


Professor Weidong Zhou obtained his BS and ME degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He obtained his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After graduation, he worked as a lead engineer at CIENA corporation on active photonic devices for optical fiber communication systems. He is currently a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Since joining UTA, Dr. Zhou has carried out over 40 federally-funded projects, from the Department of Defense ( AFOSR, AFRL, ARO, ONR, JTO, DARPA), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Health (NIH), etc. He has also engaged in research commercialization efforts, with multiple DoD/NSF SBIR/STTR Phase I/II awards. Dr. Zhou has authored and co-authored over 300 journal publications and conference presentations, including over 60 invited conference talks. Dr. Zhou and his group have made significant contributions in the areas of photonic crystal flat optics and membrane photonics, especially membrane lasers and imagers, for integrated silicon photonics and flexible optoelectronics.

Currently the group is working on multiple research projects in nanophotonics and optoelectronic devices and subsystems, mostly semiconductor lasers and optical sensors/imagers, for integrated photonics, system on a chip, bio-medical imaging/sensing, and wearables (IoT), etc.

Dr. Zhou is a fellow of SPIE, a senior member of IEEE, and a member of OSA, APS, MRS, and AAAS. He is also very active in professional societies, serving and chairing in various conference committees and editorial boards. Dr. Zhou's major awards include UTA Academy of Distinguished Scholars (2016), UTA Outstanding Research Achievement or Creative Accomplishment Award (2015), UTA College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award (2013), UTA College of Engineering Excellent Research Record Awards (2007, 2008), Univ. of Michigan Rackham Predoctoral Fellow award (2000-2001), IEEE/LEOS (Photonics) Society Graduate Student Fellowship award (2000), Tsinghua University Outstanding Graduate Award (Gold medal, 1993), Outstanding ("San-Hao") Student of Beijing City (1992), etc.

Prof. Zhou's Google Scholar Profile