About JY Ou


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Contact e-mail : bruce.ou[AT]soton.ac.uk
Dr. Jun-Yu Ou, known as Bruce Ou is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Optoelectronic Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton. He started his career as an instrument specialist of scanning electron microscope (SEM) and focused ion beam (FIB) at FEI Company -a world-leading manufacturer of FIBs and electron microscopes. In 2010, he joined the ORC at the University of Southampton to undertake his doctoral studies at the crossroads of photonics and nanotechnology. He completed his PhD on “Reconfigurable Photonic Metamaterials” in September 2014. For this work, he was awarded the prestigious Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Prize fellowship to continue his research on his own research grant for an additional year. For his PhD thesis, he was awarded the Institute of Physics (London) Doctoral Research Prize in 2015. At the end of the EPSRC fellowship, he was appointed the project leader of nano-opto-mechanical metamaterials in the flagship EPSRC programme “Nanostructured Photonic Metamaterials” and then “The Physics and Technology of Photonic Metadevices and Metasystems” at the ORC. In recognition of his outstanding academic performance, he was sent as the University Ambassador to the Global Young Scientists Summit 2014 in Singapore and was promoted to the level of Senior Research Fellow in January 2016.

His research interests lie in the area of plasmonic/dielectric nanomechanical reconfigurable metamaterials, nano-optomechanics, phonon-photon interaction, and motion detection for nano-objects.

Academic Esteem

  • H-index of 19 and citations of 1760+ (Google Scholar)
  • Author of 41 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):
    • Random access metamaterial enables ultimate spatial light control
      nanotechweb.org, January 2017 – 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 100+ conference contributions, including 28 invited talks and 2 keynote talks
  • Patents: Co-inventor of 3 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
  • Senior Research Assistant, Optoelectronic Research Centre, University of Southampton, Jul. 2014 – Sep.2014
  • 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

  • Journal Referee/Reviewer:Nature 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
  • ERC Grant Referee

Research interests and projects