About JY Ou


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Contact e-mail : bruce.ou[AT]soton.ac.uk
Dr Jun-Yu Ou(歐俊裕), known as Bruce Ou who leads research efforts on the topic of nano-optomechanical metamaterials, metalens, AI-enabled nano-imaging/metrology and nanofabrication. He had awards of EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship 2014  and the Institute of Physics Doctoral Research Prize 2015. He is or has been PI or Co-PI of UK EPSRC, US Office of Noval Research (ONR), Royal Society, and European CHIST-ERA grants totalling> £6M. His research has led to impacts on the fields of nanophotonics and nanomechanics as evidenced by 65 high-profile journal publications (300 citations/year, Google Scholar), and 3 granted patents. His work has also been internationally recognised by invited presentations at major conferences such as SPIE Photonics and CLEO. Furthermore, his success in the area of nano-optomechanics and metasurfaces has attracted global attention from both academic (NatureNature Photonics) and commercial news outlets (BBC, Financial Times). Last but not least, he had 3 years of industrial experience in SEM/FIB and electrical phase-change memory in Taiwan.

His research interests lie in the area of nano-mechanical metamaterials, nano-optomechanics, motion detection for nano-objects, and phase change materials.

Academic Esteem

  • H-index of 24 and citations of 3000+ (Google Scholar)
  • Author of 60+ peer-reviewed research journal papers published in high impact journals such as Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, and Nano Letters, which have attracted numerous reports and editorial highlights in leading journals and magazines (selected list):
    • Metamaterial integration
      Nature Photonics 15, 717 (2021) – link
    • Exotic optics: Metamaterial world News Feature – Lee Billings
      Nature 500, 138-140 (2013) link
    • Southampton scientists change the colour of gold
      BBC News, 24 Oct. 2012 –link
  • Author of 140+ conference contributions, including 40 invited talks
  • Patents: Co-inventor of 2 US patent applications and a UK patent application

Research Experience

  • Senior Research Fellow, Optoelectronic Research Centre, University of Southampton, Jan. 2016 – now
  • Research Fellow, Optoelectronic Research Centre, University of Southampton, Oct. 2014 – Dec.2015
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College, US. 2002 – Aug. 2002

Industrial Experience

  • SEM/FIB Instrument Specialist, E.B. Tech Co. LTD, the commercial agent of the FEI Company, Taiwan, Aug. 2008-Dec. 2009
  • Research Assistant, Nanotechnology Research Centre, Natl. Changhua University of Education, Taiwan Mar. 2007 – Sep. 2008
    Phase change memory project Funded by Marconix Taiwan


  • PhD in Optoelectronics, University of Southampton, U.K., 2010-2014
    Thesis: “Reconfigurable Photonic Metamaterials”
  • MSc in Physics, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan, 2002-2005
    Thesis: “Investigation of Spin Transport in Low Dimensional Structures”
  • BSc in Physics, National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan, 1998-2002
    Dissertation:”GHz Frequency Surface Acoustic Wave Device Manufactured by Electron Beam Lithography”

Award and Honour:

  • IOP (Institute of Physics) QEP group Doctoral Research Prize 2015
  • EPSRC Doctoral Prize Award 2014 (one year funded postdoctoral research fellow position)
  • University of Southampton ambassador for the Global Young Scientists Summit 2014 (GYSS@one-north), Singapore

Academic Services

  • Research Grant Reviewer:UK, Netherlands, Europe
  • Journal Referee/Reviewer:Advanced Science, Scientific Reports, Applied Physics Letters, ACS Nano Letters, ACS Photonics, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, and Optics Letters
  • Technical program committee member, Optics & Photonics Taiwan, the International Conference (OPTIC 2017)
  • Session Chair, The 9th International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwaves and Optics (Metamaterials’) 2015

Research interests and projects