Nicholas Xuanlai Fang

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nicholas Xuanlai Fang is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT whose primary research focuses on nanophotonics and nanomanufacturing. In 2008 he was named as one of MIT's Top Young Innovators and in 2009 won a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.  He earned bot his Bachelor's and Master's in physics at Nanjing University in China and ultimately earned his Ph, D. in mechanical engineering at University of California, Los Angeles in 2004.

In his research Professor Fang seeks to bridge new frontiers in nanophotonics and nanomanufacturing. His research group concentrates on creating devices for focusing photon and sound into nanometer scale and using them for imaging and nanofabrication. These devices and technologies could lead revolutionary methods of diagnosing living cells at molecular scale details, without the use of an electron microscope, and open the door for the non-destructive screening of drugs and other biological materials.

Fang is a Big Think Delphi Fellow.