Publications on Google Scholar


  • L. Cui, Y. Zhu, P. Nordlander, M. Di Ventra, D. Natelson, "Thousand-fold Increase in Plasmonic Light Emission via 
    Combined Electronic and Optical Excitations", Nano Letters 21 (6), 2658–2665 (2021).​

       – Abstract​, News

  • Y. Zhu, D. Natelson, L. Cui, "Probing energy dissipation in molecular-scale junctions via surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy: vibrational pumping and hot carrier enhanced light emission", Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 33, 134001 (2021).

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  • Y. Zhu, L. Cui, D. Natelson, "Hot-carrier enhanced light emission: The origin of above-threshold photons from electrically driven plasmonic tunnel junctions", Journal of Applied Physics 128, 233105 (2020).




  • L. Cui, Y. Zhu, M. Abbasi, A. Ahmadivand, B. Gerislioglu, P. Nordlander, D. Natelson, "Electrically driven hot carrier generation and above-threshold light emission in plasmonic tunnel junctions", Nano Letters 20(8), 6067–6075 (2020).

       Abstract, PDF

       – Press Release (Rice News)



  • L. Cui, S. Hur, Z. A. Akbar, J. C. Klöckner, W. Jeong, F. Pauly, S.-Y. Jang, P. Reddy, E. Meyhofer, "Thermal conductance of single-molecule junctions", Nature 572, 628–633 (2019).      

       – Abstract, PDF       

       – Press Release (U MichiganRice News), Physics Today


  • H. Wu, Y. Huang, L. Cui, K. Zhu, "Active magneto-optical control of near-field radiative heat transfer between graphene sheets", Physical Review Applied 11(05), 054010 (2019).

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  • L. Cui, E. Meyhofer, P. Reddy, "Experimental approaches for probing heat transfer and energy conversion at the atomic and molecular scale", Nanoscale Energy Transport (Book Chapter), IOP Publishing (2019).

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  • L. Cui, R. Miao, K. Wang, D. Thompson, L. A. Zotti, J. C. Cuevas, E. Meyhofer, P. Reddy, "Peltier cooling in molecular junctions", Nature Nanotechnology 13, 122-127 (2018).

       – AbstractPDFSupplementary Materials

       – Featured in Nature Nano News & Views: “Molecular junction refrigerator"

       – Featured in Nature Nano Editorial: “A Cool Paper"

       – Selected as Cover Article


  • R. Miao, H. Xu, M. Skripnik, L. Cui, K. Wang, K. G. L. Pedersen, M. Leijnse, F. Pauly, K. Wärnmark, E. Meyhofer, P. Reddy, H. Linke, "Influence of quantum interference on the thermoelectric properties of molecular junctions", Nano Letters 18, 9, 5666-5672 (2018).

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  • L. Cui, W. Jeong, S. Hur, M. Matt, J. C. Klöckner, F. Pauly, P. Nielaba, J. C. Cuevas, E. Meyhofer, P. Reddy, "Quantized thermal transport in single-atom junctions", Science 355, 1192 (2017).

       – AbstractPDFSupplementary Materials

       – Feature in Science Perspective: “Nanoscale transport: Probing the limits of heat flow

       – Press Release (U Michigan News)

       – Video: "Measuring a Quantum of Thermal Conductance"


  • L. Cui, W. Jeong, V. Fernández-Hurtado, J. Feist, F. J. García-Vidal, J. C. Cuevas, E. Meyhofer, P. Reddy, "Study of radiative heat transfer in Angstrom- and nanometer-sized gaps", Nature Communications 8, 14479 (2017). 

       – Abstract, PDFSupplementary Materials


  • L. Cui, E. Meyhofer, P. Reddy, "Thermal transport: Harmony with superatoms", Nature Materials 16, 10(2017). DOI: (News & Views)

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  • L. Cui, R. Miao, C. Jiang, E. Meyhofer, P. Reddy, "Perspective: Thermal and thermoelectric transport in molecular junctions", Journal of Chemical Physics, 146, 092201 (2017).

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  • K. Kim, B. Song, V. Fernández-Hurtado, W. Lee, W. Jeong, L. Cui, D. Thompson, J. Feist, MT Homer Reid, F. J García-Vidal, J. C. Cuevas, E. Meyhofer, P. Reddy, "Radiative heat transfer in the extreme near field", Nature 528, 387 (2015).  

       – AbstractPDFSupplementary Materials

       – Press Release (U Michigan News)



  • L. Cui, Y. Huang, J. Wang, K. Y. Zhu, "Ultrafast modulation of near-field heat transfer with tunable metamaterials", Applied Physics Letters, 102, 053106 (2013).

       – AbstractPDF




  • L. Cui, Y. Huang, J. Wang, "Near-field radiative heat transfer between chiral metamaterials", Journal of Applied Physics, 112, 084309 (2012).

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