Dr Jensen Li BEng, MPhil, PhD

Dr Jensen Li

School of Physics and Astronomy
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Jensen Li is working mainly on photonic crystals and metamaterials. His research revolves around various extraordinary optical phenomena given by metamaterials, with prominent examples such as invisibility cloaking and super-resolution imaging. His current interests are on transformation optics, metasurfaces and complex media. Apart from electromagnetic waves, he is keen on extending the concepts of metamaterials to acoustic waves as well.

Jensen has published 40 research articles including scientific journals and book chapters. He previously received 5 grants as PI from Hong Kong, mainland China and Korea before joining University of Birmingham.


  • PhD in Physics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2004
  • MPhil in Physics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2000
  • BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (First Class Honours), 1998


Dr Jensen Li received his BEng degree with first class honours in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Hong Kong in 1998 and his MPhil, PhD degree in physics from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2000 and 2004. In this period of time, he worked on the zero-th order photonic band gap and the theoretical proposal of acoustic negative index metamaterials.

From 2005 to 2007, Jensen worked in Imperial College London, with support from a Croucher Foundation postdoctoral fellowship, where he developed a theoretical scheme of carpet cloaking.

From 2007 to 2009, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, participated in the realization of carpet cloaking at infrared frequencies. He also started to work on acoustic metamaterials with super-resolution there.

From 2009 to 2013, he was an assistant professor at the City University of Hong Kong. He continued his research in metamaterials and also worked on alternative schemes in achieving acoustic negative indices without local resonance from theory to realization.In 2013, he joined University of Birmingham as a senior lecturer.

Postgraduate supervision

Currently co-supervising students at Hong Kong
 - Tianhua Feng
 - Fu Liu
 - Pengjiang Wei

PhD opportunities


Research Themes

  • Metamaterials and Plasmonics
  • Transformation Optics
  • Acoustic Metamaterials


  1. S. Xiao, F. Zhong, H. Liu, S. Zhu and Jensen Li, “Flexible coherent control of plasmonic spin Hall effect”, Nature Communications 6, 8360 (2015).
  2. James Gear, Fu Liu, S. T. Chu, Stefan Rotter and Jensen Li, “Parity-Time symmetry from stacking purely dielectric and magnetic slabs”, Phys. Rev. A 91, 033825 (2015).
  3. Jensen Li, F. Miao, Zixian Liang and Sebastien Guenneau, “Constructing metamaterials from subwavelength pixels with constant indices product”, Opt. Exp. 23, 7140 (2015).
  4. F. Liu and Jensen Li, “Gauge field optics with anisotropic media”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 103902 (2015).
  5. W. Gao, M. Lawrence, B. Yang, F. Liu, B. Beri, Jensen Li, and S. Zhang, “Topological photonic phase in chiral hyperbolic metamaterials”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 037402 (2015).
  6. Pengjiang Wei, Fu Liu, Zixian Liang, Yan Xu, S. T. Chu and Jensen Li, “An acoustic beam shifter with enhanced transmission using perforated metamaterials”, Europhysics Letters (EPL) 109, 14004 (2015).
  7. F. Liu, S. Xiao, A. Sihvola and Jensen Li, “Perfect co-circular polarization reflector: a class of reciprocal prefect conductors with total co-circular polarization reflection”, IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag. 62, 6274-6281 (2014).
  8. Y. Sun, W. Tan, H.-Q. Li, Jensen Li and H. Chen, "Experimental demonstration of a coherent perfect absorber with PT phase transition", Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 143903 (2014).
  9. P. Wei, C. Croenne, S. T. Chu and Jensen Li, "Symmetrical and anti-symmetrical coherent perfect absorption for acoustic waves", Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 121902 (2014).
  10. Y. D. Xu, C. D. Gu, B. Hou, Y. Lai, Jensen Li and H. Y. Chen, "Broadband asymmetric waveguiding of light without polarization limitations", Nature Communications 4, 2561 (2013).
  11. L.L. Huang, X. Chen, H. Muhlenbernd, H. Zhang, S. Chen, B. Bai, Q. Tan, G. Jin, K.-W. Cheah, C.-W. Qiu, Jensen Li, T. Zentgraf, and S. Zhang, "Three-dimensional optical holography using a plasmonic metasurface", Nature Communications, 4, 2808 (2013).
  12. G. Li, M. Kang, S. Chen, S. Zhang, E. Y.-B. Pun, K. W. Cheah, and Jensen Li, "Spin-enabled plasmonic metasurfaces for manipulating orbital angular momentum of light", Nano Lett. 13, 4148 (2013).
  13. M. Kang, F. Liu, T.-F. Li, Q.-H. Guo, J. Li and J. Chen, "Polarization-independent coherent perfect absorption by a dipole-like metasurface", Opt. Lett. 38, 3086 (2013).
  14. S. Zhang, F. Liu, T. Zentgraf and Jensen Li, "Interference-induced asymmetric transmission through a monolayer of anisotropic chiral metamaterials", Phys. Rev. A 88, 023823 (2013).
  15. F. Liu, Z. Liang and Jensen Li, "Manipulating polarization and impedance signature: a reciprocal field transformation approach", Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 033901 (2013).
  16. X. Yin, T. Feng, S. Yip, Z. Liang, J. C. Ho, and Jensen Li, "Tailoring electromagnetically induced transparency for terahertz metamaterials: From diatomic to triatomic structural molecules", Appl. Phys. Lett. 103, 021115 (2013).
  17. M. Kang, Fu. Liu and Jensen Li, "Effective spontaneous PT-symmetry breaking in hybridized metamaterials", Phys. Rev. A 87, 053824 (2013).