Junpeng Guo, Ph.D.
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Optics
412 Optics Building 
University of Alabama in Huntsville 
Huntsville, Alabama 35899 
Telephone: (256) 824-2898 
Fax: (256) 824-2856 
e-mail: guoj@uah.edu 

Research Interests:

        Dr. Guo's research interests are nanophotonics, plasmonics,  and metamaterials. The major thrust of the research activities is to explore novel metal-dielectric-semiconductor nanostructures to engineer and control plasmon-polaritons in the mesoscopic nanoscale, a scale between the atomic scale and the diffraction limit of light. Engineered nanostructure plasmonic and photonics materials have novel electromagnetic properties which do not exist in nature. One of the examples is that plasmonic nanostructure materials can completely trap photons and function as perfect light absorbers for energy applications.

       Plasmonic metal-dielectric nanostructures can also confine photons to the deep sub-wavelength nanoscale at designed optical frequencies for sensor applications.Nanostructure plasmonic devices potentially enable sensors for extremely low concentration chemicals and biomolecules.


        Prof. Junpeng Guo received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At the University of Illinois, he made the first thin film micro-polarizer array. Now micro-polarizer array elements are used for flat panel 3D displays and polarimetric imaging. After receiving his Ph.D., he joined the Rockwell International Science Center in Thousand Oaks, California as a Research Scientist where he worked on nonlinear optics and nanophotonics.  In 2002, he joined the Sandia National Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff where he worked on nanophotonics, integrated optics, and micro-resonators. In 2005, he joined the faculty of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Now he is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Optics and the principal investigator of plasmonics and metamaterials research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Prof. Guo received the Alan Berman Research Publication Award in 2013, an ASEE-Air Force Office of Scientific Research Summer Faculty Fellowship in 2010, and an ASEE-Naval Research Office Summer Faculty Fellowship in 2011. He was the sole recipient of the University Distinguished Faculty Research Award at UAH in 2016, and also the sole recipient of the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award of the College of Engineering in 2007. He is a Fellow of SPIE-The International Society for Optics and Photonics, and a senior member of the Optical Society of America and IEEE . Currently, he serves as Associate Editor for Photonics Research and also serves as Associate Editor for Journal of Nanophotonics.


  • EE 307 Electricity and Magnetism
  • EE/Physics 451 Optoelectronics
  • EE/Physics 542 Physical Optics
  • EE 454 Optical Fiber Communications
  • EE 609 Electromagnetic Field Theory
  • EE 710 Nonlinear Optics
  • EE 710 Surface Plasmonics and Metamaterials
  • EE 710 Optics of Layer Structures and Photonic Crystals
  • EE 383 Analytical Methods for Discrete-Time Systems

Research Expertise:

  • Nanophotonics, plasmonics, and metamaterials
  • Nano-device fabrication
  • Electromagnetic optics
  • Ultrafast optics
  • Waveguide optics and fiber optics
  • Thin-film optics

Honors and Awards:

  • Fellow,  SPIE-The International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2017
  • University Distinguished Faculty Research Award, 2016
  • College of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Research Award, 2016
  • Charger Innovation Award, 2016
  • Individual Investigator Distinguished Research Award, 2015
  • Charger Innovation Award, 2014
  • Alan Berman Research Publication Award at NRL, 2013
  • Individual Investigator Distinguished Research Award, 2013
  • ONR Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, 2011
  • Senior Member of SPIE, 2011
  • AFOSR Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, 2010
  • Senior Member of OSA, 2010
  • College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, 2007

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