Shanhui Fan wins R.W. Wood Prize
His citation reads, ”For foundational discoveries in photonics, ranging from resonator, topological, and non-reciprocal photonics to energy applications including the discovery of daytime radiative cooling based on a new kind of energy source."
Shanhui is the Joseph and Hon Mai Goodman Professor of the School of Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Professor of Applied Physics (by courtesy), and a Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy.
His research interests are in fundamental studies of solid state and photonic structures and devices, especially photonic crystals, plasmonics, and meta-materials, and applications of these structures in energy and information technology applications. He was the first to demonstrate that the coldness of space, relative to earth, can be a major energy source for mankind. His work has opened a new direction in renewable energy research by highlighting the potential for harvesting the coldness of the universe.
Please join us in congratulating Shanhui on his well-deserved recognition!
Excerpted from “Optica Names Shanhui Fan the 2022 R.W. Wood Prize Recipient.”