Shanhui Fan. Image by Linda Cicero, Stanford News

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."


Congratulations to Professor Shanhui Fan for receiving the R.W. Wood Prize from Optica (formerly OSA).

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.”


Published : Mar 21st, 2022 at 06:41 pm
Updated : Jun 28th, 2022 at 01:11 pm