Associate Professor

Contact information

Phone: 519-888-4567 x38754
Location: QNC 3611
Fax: (519) 746-3077

Biography Summary

Dr. Bo Cui is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He currently leads the Waterloo Nanofabrication Group. With 19 years cleanroom research experience, his research is focused on nano- and microstructure fabrication using nanoimprint lithography and electron beam lithography, and thin film deposition and etching techniques, with device applications in biomedical, energy and other areas. In particular, he pioneered the research in bit-patterned magnetic recording area, and very recently his group developed a process for conducting electron beam lithography on irregular, non-planar surface, which is published in ACS Nano. He has also carried out significant research on plasmonic bio- and chemical sensors based on Extraordinary Optical Transmission (EOT), Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) and Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance (LSPR). Such bio-sensors can be employed to detect bio-binding events (DNA hybridization, antibody-antigen binding), with applications in pathogen (disease and crop) detection.

He has published 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, three patents (2 granted, 1 PCT filed), four book chapters, as well as sole-edited one book on nanofabrication. He is the winner of the 2014 Engineering Research Excellence Award (Faculty of Engineering, 3 winners among 295 faculty members).  He is the assistant editor for the journal Nanoscale Research Letters. As well, he is member of IEEE and American Vacuum Society.

Research Interests

  • Nanostructure and device fabrication
  • Nanoimprint and electron beam lithography
  • Surface plasmon resonance (plasmonic) devices
  • Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy
  • Nanostructured solar cell and photodetector


  • BSc, Physics, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • MA, Electrical Engineering, Princeton University
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, Princeton University


Further Information

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