Ultrafast Dynamics Lab @ ShanghaiTech
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We are the Ultrafast Dynamics Lab at School of Physical Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University. Our primary research interest is to experimentally explore femtosecond to picosecond ultrafast phenomena in condensed matters and biophysical systems. We utilize various pump-probe combinations of femtosecond optical, electron, and x-ray pulses. Currently, we are studying the ultrafast control of magnetic order with the in situ combinations of ultrafast magneto-optical method and ultrafast x-ray diffraction.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Runze Li

Assistant professor of Physics
School of Physical Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University

Ph.D. in Optics, 2014, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

B.S. in Physics, 2008, Central China Normal University



Selected Publications

  • Runze Li*, Pengfei Zhu, Haijuan Zhang, Yao Wang, Jie Chen, Peter M. Rentzepis, and Jie Zhang*, Evolution of picosecond surface electric fields generated by photon-induced charge emission from La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 films. Physical Review B, 102, 024302 (2020) (*co-corresponding author) doi:/10.1103/PhysRevB.102.024302

  • Runze Li, Dinesh Dhankhar, Jie Chen, Thomas C. Cesario, and Peter M. Rentzepis, A tryptophan synchronous and normal fluorescence study on bacteria inactivation mechanism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116, 18822 (2019) doi:/10.1073/pnas.1909722116

  • Runze Li, H. E. Elsayed-Ali, Jie Chen, Dinesh Dhankhar, Arjun Krishnamoorthi, and Peter M. Rentzepis, Ultrafast time-resolved structural changes of thin-film ferromagnetic metal heated with femtosecond optical pulses. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 151, 124702 (2019) doi:/10.1063/1.5111578

  • Runze Li, Umang Goswami, Maria King, Jie Chen, Thomas C. Cesario, and Peter M. Rentzepis, In situ detection of live-to-dead bacteria ratio after inactivation by means of synchronous fluorescence and PCA. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115, 668 (2018) doi:/10.1073/pnas.1716514115

  • Runze Li*, Kyle Sundqvist, Jie Chen, H. E. Elsayed-Ali, Jie Zhang and Peter M. Rentzepis*, Transient lattice deformations of crystals studied by means of ultrafast time-resolved x-ray and electron diffraction. Structural Dynamics, 5, 044501 (2018) (*co-corresponding author) doi:/10.1063/1.5029970

  • Runze Li*, Pengfei Zhu, Jie Chen, Jianming Cao, Peter M. Rentzepis, and Jie Zhang*, Direct observation of ultrafast thermal and non-thermal lattice deformation of polycrystalline aluminum film. Applied Physics Letters, 111, 041105 (2017) (*co-corresponding author) doi:/10.1063/1.4986453

  • A. Meraki, P. T. McColgan, P. M. Rentzepis, R. Z. Li, D. M. Lee, and V. V. Khmelenko, Quantum vortices and thermally induced luminescence of nitrogen nanoclusters immersed in liquid helium. Physical Review B, 95, 104502 (2017) doi:/10.1103/PhysRevB.95.104502

  • Runze Li, Jie Chen, Thomas C. Cesario, Xin Wang, Joshua S. Yuan, and Peter M. Rentzepis, Synergistic reaction of silver nitrate, silver nanoparticles, and methylene blue against bacteria. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113, 13612 (2016) doi:/10.1073/pnas.1611193113

  • Long Chen, Runze Li, Jie Chen, Pengfei Zhu, Feng Liu, Jianming Cao, Zhengming Sheng, and Jie Zhang, Mapping transient electric fields with picosecond electron bunches. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112, 14479 (2015) doi:/10.1073/pnas.1518353112

  • Run-Ze Li, Pengfei Zhu, Long Chen, Tong Xu, Jie Chen, Jianming Cao, Zheng-Ming Sheng, and Jie Zhang, Investigation of transient surface electric field induced by femtosecond laser irradiation of aluminum. New Journal of Physics, 16, 103013 (2014) doi:/10.1088/1367-2630/16/10/103013