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Shengxi Huang is an associate professor  in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University. Shengxi earned her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT in 2017, under the supervision of Profs. Mildred Dresselhaus and Jing Kong. Following that, she did postdoctoral research at Stanford University with Profs. Tony Heinz and Jonathan Fan. She obtained her bachelor’s degree with the highest honors at Tsinghua University, China. Before joining Rice, Shengxi was an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University.

Shengxi is the recipient of multiple awards, including NSF CAREER Award, AFOSR Young Investigator Award, Johnson & Johnson STEM2D Scholar’s Award (1 awardee worldwide in each of the 6 disciplines), Kavli Fellowship for Nanoscience, Dean’s Faculty Research Award at Penn State, Jin Au Kong Award for Best PhD Thesis at MIT, and Ginzton Fellowship at Stanford.

Shengxi’s research interests involve light-matter interactions of quantum materials and nanostructures, and the development of new quantum optical platforms and biochemical sensing technologies. In particular, her research focuses on (1) understanding optical and electronic properties of new materials such as 2D materials and Weyl semimetals, (2) developing new biochemical sensing techniques with applications in medical diagnosis, and (3) exploring new quantum optical effects and quantum sensing. Shengxi is leading the SCOPE (Sensing, Characterization, and OPtoElectronics) Lab. For more information, please visit our website.

Research Areas

Low-dimensional materials, Weyl semimetals, light-matter interactions, Raman spectroscopy, chemical and bio sensing, quantum optical emission, quantum sensing


2017 Ph.D. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

2013 M.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

2011 B.S. Micro and Nano Electronics, Tsinghua University

Honors & Awards

2022 AFOSR Young Investigator Award

2020 NSF CAREER Award

2019 Johnson & Johnson STEM2D Scholar’s Award

2020 – 2022 Dean’s Faculty Research Award, Penn State College of Engineering

2021 Multidisciplinary Research Award, Penn State College of Engineering

2018 Convergence Research Award, Penn State

2017 Jin Au Kong Award for Best PhD Thesis, MIT

2017 Ginzton Fellow, Stanford University

2017 Kavli Fellowship for Nanoscience


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