Zetian Mi elected Fellow of APS

Mi's pioneering contributions in III-nitride quantum nanostructures have contributed to the development of photonic and clean energy devices.
Zetian Mi

Prof. Zetian Mi was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) “For contributions to the development of III-nitride quantum nanostructures and their applications in ultraviolet optoelectronics and clean energy.”

Prof. Mi has been making tremendous strides in the development of semiconductor nanostructures and their application in electronic, photonic, clean energy, and quantum devices and systems. His primary research areas include epitaxial growth and fundamental properties of semiconductor nanostructures, including quantum dots, nanowires, and two-dimensional atomic crystals; III-nitride materials and devices; light emitting diodes, lasers, and UV photonics; quantum photonics; as well as artificial photosynthesis, solar fuels and clean energy.

He is PI of a $6.25M MURI program on the development of next generation semiconductors for clean energy. More recently, his group has developed, for the first time, single crystalline ferroelectric nitride semiconductors, providing a pivotal step towards next-generation electronics.

Mi has co-founded two companies: NS Nanotech, Inc. and NX Fuels, Inc. He is Editor-in-Chief of Progress in Quantum Electronics, and sits on the board of several other publications. A leader in the professional community, Mi is Vice President for Conferences, IEEE Photonics Society, and is a member of the International Advisory Committee for International Conference on Nitride Semiconductors (ICNS). He was General Chair of the 2020 IEEE Photonics Conference, and was Program Chair for 2022 Compound Semiconductor Week, held in Ann Arbor, MI.

Mi received his PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan, and joined the faculty in 2016. He previously was an associate professor at McGill University in Canada. He is a Fellow of IEEE, OSA, and SPIE, and a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors.


The APS Fellowship Program recognizes members who may have made advances in physics through original research and publication, or made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. 

Mi was recommended for Fellow status by the APS Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics (FIAP).

Honors and Awards; Zetian Mi