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About Rui He

Dr. Rui He performed her undergraduate work at Fudan University in Shanghai China. She received her Ph.D. degree in applied physics from Columbia University in New York City in 2006. After her graduation from Columbia, she joined the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as a postdoc in the physics department and as a research assistant in the mathematics department. In 2009 she returned to Columbia University where she worked as a postdoctoral research scientist. She joined the physics department at the University of Northern Iowa in August 2011.

Her research interest is in the general area of optical studies of nanostructures including atomic layers of graphene, molecular layers of organic semiconductors, topological insulators of reduced dimensions, and low-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides. In her research she has demonstrated that optical emission and Raman spectroscopy are venues for materials characterization and for studies of fundamental physics and interface effects in novel nanostructures.


Present Assistant Professor, Physics, University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics
Grant Recipient, National Science Foundation, American Physical Society, University of Northern Iowa External Funding


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Honors and Awards

  • Joseph Wang Award in Nanoscience (Cognizure Publishing Division - 9/2015)
  • UNI Junior Faculty External Grant Seeking Award (3/2014)
  • "Professor of the Week" awarded by Alpha Xi Delta (10/2012)
  • Yarning Scholarship Fudan University (1998)
  • Siemens Prize Fudan University (1997)
  • People's Scholarship Fudan University (1996-1999)

Contact Information

University of Northern Iowa
Begeman Hall 215
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0150

Office: PHY 215
Phone: (319) 273-2274


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