Ning Li is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Lehigh University. He joined the department in January 2023. 

Li obtained his B.S. and M.S. from Tsinghua University and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, TX. Before joining Lehigh, he was a Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, from 2010 to 2022. His research work is related to memory devices and their applications in neuromorphic computing, flexible and new form factor devices and systems, photonic devices for communication and quantum applications, advanced packaging and heterogeneous integration, organic electronics, etc. He was awarded more than 200 US patents, many IBM High Value Patent Awards, IBM Invention Achievement Awards, and Master Inventor Awards. He has publications in major scientific journals and conferences including Nature Photonics, Nature Comminications, Advanced Materials, OFC, VLSI, IEDM, etc. His work has been featured on Nature Research Highlight, Semiconductor Today, Nanowerk most popular spotlight article, etc.  


Selected Recent Publications (*corresponding author):

[1] N. Li*, C. Mackin, A. Chen, K. Brew, T. Philip, A. Simon, I. Saraf, J. Han, S. Sarwat, G.W. Burr, M. Rasch, A. Sebastian, V. Narayanan, N. Saulnier, “Optimization of Projected Phase Change Memory for Analog In-Memory Computing Inference,” Advanced Electronic Materials, 2023
[2] N. Li*, H. Tsai, V. Narayanan, Malte Rasch* “Impact of Analog Memory Device Failure on In-Memory Computing Inference Accuracy,” APL Machine Learning, 2023
[3] N. Li*, K. Han, W. Spratt, S. Bedell, J. Ren, O. Gunawan, J. Ott, M. Hopstaken, C. Cabril, Jr., F. Libsch, C. Subramaniam, G. Shaidi, D. Sadana, “Dust-Sized High-Power-Density Photovoltaic Cells on Si and SOI Substrates for Wafer-Level-Packaged Small Edge Computers,” Advanced Materials 32, 2004573, 2020
[4] N. Li*, K. Han, W. Spratt, S. Bedell, J. Ott, M. Hopstaken, F. Libsch, Q. Li, D. Sadana, “Ultra-Low-Power Sub-Photon-Voltage High-Efficiency Light-Emitting Diodes,” Nature Photonics 13, 588, 2019 
[5] N. Li*, K. Han, V. Sorger, D. Sadana, “Nanoscale Light Sources for Optical Interconnects,” J Laser Opt Photonics 4, e114, 2017, Editorial
[6] N. Li*, S. Bedell, H. Hu, S.-J. Han, X. H. Liu, K. Saenger, D. Sadana, “Single Crystal Flexible Electronics Enabled by 3D Spalling,” Advanced Materials 29, VIP paper, 1606638, 2017
[7] K. Liu, N. Li*, D. K. Sadana, V. J. Sorger*, “Integrated Nano-Cavity Plasmon Light-Sources for on-Chip Optical Interconnects,” ACS Photonics 3, 233-242, 2016
[8] N. Li*, K. Liu, V. Sorger, D. Sadana, “Monolithic III-V on Si Plasmonic Nanolaser Structure for Optical Interconnects,” Scientific Reports 5, 14067, 2015
[9] C. Cheng*, K. Shiu, N. Li, S. J. Han, L. Shi, D. K. Sadana, “Epitaxial Lift-off Process for Gallium Arsenide Substrate Reuse and Flexible Electronics,” Nature Communications 4, 1577, 2013
[10] N. Li*, S. Oida, G.S. Tulevski, S. Han, J.B. Hannon, D.K. Sadana, T.C. Chen, “Efficient and Bright Organic Light-Emitting Diodes on Single-Layer Graphene Electrodes,” Nature Communications 4, 2294, 2013
Current Research Interests:
1) Memory devices for neuromorphic and in-memory computing
2) Photonic devices for optical interconnects
3) High power and high frequency devices
4) Light emitting diodes and photodetectors
Available Positions:

Full-Scholarship Ph.D. positions available

We have multiple Ph.D. positions starting right away or in Summer 2023/Fall2023.  We are looking for highly self-motivated applicants with strong interests in interdisciplinary research on semiconductor and photonic materials, devices and systems.

Interested students are encouraged to send their CV and transcripts to  The applications will be reviewed as soon as received. The positions will be closed once filled. For more details, please see the following website:

Master student and Undergraduate student research positions available

Interested students are encouraged to send their CV and transcripts to The applications will be reviewed as soon as received. 


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Ning Li
Associate Professor
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Lehigh University
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Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX
M.S., Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, China
B. S., Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, China

Areas of Research

Memory devices for neuromorphic and in-memory computing, High power and high frequency devices, Photonic devices for optical interconnects, Light emitting diodes and photodetectors