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Nian X. Sun

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Boston, MA 02115


Nian Sun is a professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Northeastern University. He received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University. Prior to joining Northeastern University, he was a reserach scientist at IBM and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. Dr. Sun was the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award, USAF Summer Faculty Fellowship, and the first prize IDEMA Fellowship. His research has been on integrated magnetics and multiferroics for sensing, memory, power, RF and microwave electronics. He has over 150 publications, and more than 20 patents and patent disclosures. One of their papers was selected as "the 10 most outstanding full papers in the past ten years (2001~2010) in Advanced Functional Materials". Dr. Sun has given over 80 invited or keynote presentations in national and international conferences and universities. He is an editor of IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, and a fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. 


  • B. Sc. Materials Science and Engineering Huazhong University of Sci.&T., China 1993
  • BS Minor Electrical Engineering Huazhong University of Sci.&T., China 1993
  • M. Eng. Materials Science and Engineering Chinese Academy of Sciences, China 1996
  • M. Sc. Electrical Engineering Stanford University 2001
  • Ph. D. Materials Science and Engineering Stanford University 2002


Research & Scholarship Interests

Magnetic, ferroelectric and magnetoelectric materials; RF/microwave magnetic and magnetoelectric devices design, fabrication and testing; materials properties at RF/microwave frequency; range self-assembly of magnetic nanostructures
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Honors & Awards

  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
  • NSF CAREER Award

Selected Publications

  • Z. Zhou, M. Trassin, Y. Gao, Y. Gao, D. Chen,...N.X. Sun "Probing Electric Field Control of Magnetism Using Ferromagnetic Resonance", Nature Communications, 6, 2015, 6082 
  • T. Nan, Y. Hui, M. Rinaldi, N.X. Sun "Self-biased 215MHz Magnetoelectric NEMS Resonator for Ultrasensitive DC Magnetic Field Detection", Scientific Reports, 3, 2013, 1985 
  • M. Liu, Z. Zhou, T. Nan, B.M. Howe, G.J. Brown, N.X. Sun "Voltage Tuning of Ferromagnetic Resonance with Bistable Magnetization Switching in Energy-efficient Magnetoelectric Composites", Advanced Materials, 25(10), 2013, 1435-1439
  • J. Lou, M. Liu, D. Reed, Y. Ren, N.X. Sun "Giant Electric Field Tuning of Magnetism in Novel Multiferroic FeGaB/Lead Zinc Niobate Lead Titanate Heterostructures", Advanced Materials, 21(46), 2009, 4711-4715 
  • S.X. Wang, N.X. Sun, M. Yamaguchi, S. Yabukami "Sandwich Films: Properties of a New Soft Magnetic Material, Nature, 407, 2000, 150-151
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Related News

February 21, 2019

ECE Professor Nian Sun was interviewed by Dr. Stephen Shevlin from Nature Materials on Multiferroics and the path to the market.

October 12, 2018

ECE PhD student Hwaider Lin's research into creating a tiny antenna to precisely target specific neurons won first prize in NASA Tech Briefs magazine contest "Create the Future Design Contest."

October 9, 2018

ECE Professor Nian Sun, Associate Professor Marvin Onabajo and Assistant Professor Aatmesh Shrivastava were awarded a $1.34M NIH collaborative grant with Massachusetts General Hospital to work on nano-scale neural radio frequency identification (NanoNeuroRFID) devices for wireless neural magnetic modulation and recording.

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