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[Laboratory Introduction and Brief Biography]
Rho's research group is not only developing a new concept of novel optical nanomaterials having extraordinary and unprecedented eletromagnetic properties based on fundamental physics and experimental studies of deep sub-wavelength light-matter interaction, but also realizing engineering device applications including, but not limited to, super-resolution imaging, negative index materials, tunable high refractive index metasurface, highly efficient light trapping device, ultra-sensitive biomedical sensor, nanoscale laser, and next generation scalable nanomanufacturing methodologies.
Prof. Rho is an Assistant Professor who joined Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), with a double appointment in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering with designated emphasis in Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley (2013), M.S. degree in Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2008) and B.S. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Seoul National University, Korea (2007). Prior joining POSTECH, he conducted postdoctoral research in Materials Sciences Division & Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He also worked as a principal investigator (Ugo Fano Fellow) in Nanoscience and Technology Division & the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne.
Prof. Rho has authored and co-authored more than 10 high-impact journal papers including Science, Nature Materials, Nature Photonics and Nature Communications. His work has been introduced and widely covered by media such as IEEE Spectrum, LBL News, Science Daily, IOP Physics World, Photonics Spectra, YTN News, Korea Times, Korea Economic Daily and Seoul Economic Daily. He is also the recipients of several notable honors and awards such as OSK Young Investigator Award, MRS graduate student award, SPIE scholarships in optics and photonics, OSA Incubic/Milton Chang Award, Samsung Lee Kun-Hee fellowship and Argonne Named fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy.
[Recent Group News]
Our group is awarded for the X-Project grant for virus detectable spraying sensor development (2016.08 - 2018.07)
Our group joins the core-to-core research program for Advanced Nanophotonics supported by Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (PI: Dr. Takuo Tanaka, RIKEN) (2016.12 - 2021.11)
Inki received the prestigious Global Ph.D. Fellowship! (2016.02 - 2021.02)
Our group joins Global Frontier Research Center for Advanced Metamaterials (Director: Dr. Hakjoo Lee, Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials) and is co-awarded for the research grant (PI: Prof. Namkyoo Park, Seoul National University) for metamaterials structural design (Phase II: 2016.07 - 2019.02, Phase III: 2019.03 - 2023.02)
Prof. Rho wins Korea(NRF)-EU(ERC) collaboration grant (co-PI: Dr. Patrice Genevet, CNRS-CRHEA) as an extension of Young Investigator Award (2016.07 - 2018.06)
Minkyung and Sunae visit Imperial College London (Prof. Ortwin Hess in Physics) in United Kingdom for the exchange research (2016.07 - 2016.09)
Prof. Rho, Minkyung and Jungho attend the prestigious Gordon Research Conference - Plasmonics and Nanophotonics at the Sunday River Resort in Maine, USA (2016.07.10-2016.07.15)
Inki receives the best poster award at Nano Korea 2016 where Inki, Dasol, Gwanho, Sunae, Yongjoon present the posters (2016.07.13-2016.07.15)
Gwanho receives the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)-German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) fellowship for the exchange research at the University of Tubingen (Prof. Monika Fleischer in Physics) in Germany (2016.07 - 2016.09)
Our group is awarded for the Leading Core Technology Development grant funded by Agency for Defense Development (ADD), Korea (2016.06 - 2018.05)
Prof. Rhos serves the technical program committee (TPC) in one of the prestigious conferences, CLEO 2017 which will be held in San Jose, May, 2017
Prof. Rho serves the general chair with Prof. Said Zouhdi (University of Paris-Sud) and Dr. Hakjoo Lee (Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials) for the 8th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics (META'17) which will be held in Seoul/Incheon, July, 2017
Prof. Rho's metasurface paper in Science is cited 200 times!
Prof. Rho is invited to prestigious Gordon Research Conferences - Plasmonics/Nanophotonics (Maine, USA, July, 2016) and Single Molecule Approaches to Biology (Hong Kong, July, 2016)
Our group is awarded for Incubation grant phase II for HOPE display funded by LG Display (2016.03 - 2017.02)
Prof. Rho is introduced for his research achievements and vision in Electronics Newspaper
Prof. Rho is selected for the prestigious Young Investigator Award from the Optical Society of Korea (OSK) which is annually given to the most promising young scientist under the age of 35
Our group is awarded for the Green Science and Innovation grant for tunable light absorber funded by POSCO (2015.12 - 2016.11)
Prof. Rho's switchable chiral metamaterial paper in Nature Communications has been cited 100 times!
Our group is co-awarded for the initiative grant for the Creative Materials Discovery grant (PI: Jongkyu Kim in Materials Science, POSTECH) for 3D hybrid nanostructures funded by National Research Foundation, Korea (2015.11 - 2016.04)
Our group participates in the 5th Advanced Optoelectronics and Micro/Nano-Optics (AOM 2015) in Hangzhou, China
Prof. Rho comments about the realization of invisibility cloaking in MK Business Newspaper
Our group is awarded for the Edmund Optics Educational "Silver" Award receiving $7,500
Prof. Rho's hyperbolic cavity paper in Nature Photonics has been cited 100 times!
Our group is co-awarded for the Engineering Research Center for the optically-assisted ultrahigh-precision mechanical systems (Director: Prof. Shinil Kang, Yonsei University) funded by National Research Foundation, Korea (2015.08 - 2022.02)
Our group hosts the 1st International Nanophotonics Workshop "Frontiers in Metamaterials and Plasmonics"
Our group is awarded for Korea-Germany collaborational grant (co-PI: Prof. Thomas Zentgraf in Physics, University of Paderborn) for scalable metamaterials fabrication funded by National Research Foundation, Korea and Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany (2015.08 - 2017.07)
Prof. Rho wins the Young Investigator grant for 3D metamaterials funded by National Research Foundation, Korea (2015.07 - 2018.06)
Our group is awarded for Korea-China collaboratoinal grant (co-PI: Prof. Zhenggao Dong in Physics, Southeast University) for 3D metamaterials funded by National Research Foundation, Korea and National Natural Science Foundation, China (2015.07 - 2017.06)
Our group is awarded for Korea-UK Focal Point program (co-PI: Prof. Shuang Zhang in Physics, University of Birmingham) for advanced materials funded by National Research Foundation, Korea and UK Embassy in Korea (2015.05 - 2017.04)
Our group is awarded for Incubation grant for HOPE display funded by LG Display (2015.03 - 2016.02)
Prof. Rho's non-linear metamaterials work is featured in Berkeley Research News
Prof. Rho's recent work "Predicting nonlinear properties of metamaterials from the linear response" is published in Nature Materials.
Prof. Rho's metasurface paper in Science is cited 100 times!
Prof. Rho's hyperlens paper in Nature Communications is cited 100 times!