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Zizwe Chase

Assistant Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Building & Room:

1011 SEO


851 S. Morgan St, MC 154, Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:



Zizwe Chase is a former Bridge-to-Faculty scholar at University of Illinois at Chicago and a former Postdoctoral Fellow in the SAMPL group of the Physics Department of Howard University. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Morehouse College, B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and PhD. in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University. His research interests include topics in chemistry and physics namely interfacial interactions at catalytic surfaces and light matter interactions with 2-D metamaterials. He is interested in using various spectroscopic techniques to probe interfacial regions and nanomaterials. He is a former Goddard Space Flight Center and Pacific Northwest National Lab intern.

Selected Grants

Department of Energy, Reaching an Advanced Computing Technologies Workforce through Education Initiatives in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (ReACT-QISE), Co-PI

Selected Publications

Blackwell, A.; Yahiaoui, R.; Chen, Y.-H.; Mathews, J.; Chen, P.-Y.; Searles, T.A.; Chase, Z.A., “Terahertz Graded Index Lens for Miniaturized Implementation of the Deutsch Josza Algortihm”, Opt. Express, 2023, DOI: 10.1364/OE.495919

Yahiaoui, R.; Chase, Z.A.; Kyaw, C.; Tay, F.; Baydin, A.; Noe II, G.T.; Song, J.; Kono, J.; Agrawal, A.; Bamba, M.; Searles, T.A., “Enhancing Dicke Cooperativity in Terahertz Metasurfaces Through Ultrastrong Coupling” Nano Lett., 2022, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.2c01892

Yahiaoui, R.; Chase, Z.A.; Kyaw, C.; Seabron, E.; Mathews, J.; Searles, T.A., “Dynamically tunable single-layer VO2/metasurface based THz cross-polarization converter” J. Phys. D Appl. Phys., 2021, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6463/abe9df

Wang, Z.; Walter, E.D.; Sassi, M.; Zhang, X.; Zhang, H.; Li, X.S.; Chen, Y.; Cui, W.; Tuladhar, A.; Chase, Z.; Winkelman, A.D.; Wang, H.; Pearce, C.I.; Clark, S.B.; Russo, K.M., “The role of surface hydroxyls on the radiolysis of gibbsite and boehmite nanoplatelets” J. Hazard. Mater, 2020, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.122853

Kyaw, C.; Yahiaoui, R.; Chase, Z.A.; Tran, V.; Baydin, A.; Tay, F.Y.; Kono, J.; Manukumara, M.; Singh, R.; Abeysinghe, D.C.; Urbas, A.M.; Searles, T.A., “Guided Mode Resonances in Flexible 2D THz Photonic Crystals” Optica, 2020, DOI: 10.1364/OPTICA.388761

Tuladhar, A.; Chase, Z.A.; Baer, M.; Legg, B.; Zhang, S.; Tao, J.; Wang, Z.; Winkleman, A.; Wang, Z.; Mundy, C.; Wang, H.-F.; Yoreo, J.D., “Direct Observation of the Orientational Anisotropy of Buried Hydroxyl Groups Inside Muscovite Mica” J. Soc. Am. Chem., 2019, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b12483

Chen, S.-L.; Fu, L.; Chase, Z. A.; Gan, W.; Wang, H.-F., “Local Environment and Interactions of Liquid and Solid Interfaces Revealed by Spectral Line Shape of Surface Selective Nonlinear Vibrational Probe” J. Phy.Chem.C, 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b10215

Chase, Z. A.; Kasakov, S.; Shi, H.; Vjunov, A.; Fulton, J. L.; Camaioni, D. M.; Balasubramanian, M.; Zhao, C.; Wang, Y.; Lercher, J. A., “State of Supported Nickel Nanoparticles during Catalysis in Aqueous Media”, CHEM-EUR J., 2015, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201502723

Foraita, S.; Fulton, J. L.; Chase, Z. A.; Vjunov, A.; Xu, P.; Baráth, E.; Camaioni, D. M.; Zhao, C.; Lercher, J. A., “Impact of the Oxygen Defects and the Hydrogen Concentration on the Surface of Tetragonal and Monoclinic ZrO2 on the Reduction Rates of Stearic Acid on Ni/ZrO2”, CHEM-EUR J., 2014, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201405312

Chase, Z.A.; Fulton, J. L.; Camaioni, D. M.; Mei, D.; Balasubramanian, M.; Pham, V.- T.; Zhao, C.; Weber, R. S.; Wang, Y.; Lercher, J. A., “State of Supported Pd during Catalysis in Water”, J. Phy.Chem.C, 2013, DOI: 10.1021/jp404772p

Service to Community

Advisor, Quantum Information Science Society (Current)

Instructor, Benjamin Banneker Quantum Summer Institute, University of California at Santa Barbara (2023)

Session Chair, Symposium: Adaptive Nanophotonics—Dynamic Metasurfaces/Metamaterials, Programmable Photonic Integrated Circuits and
Neuromorphic Photonics, Material Research Society Spring Meeting, April 10-14, 2023

Scientific content reviewer for peer-reviewed publication: Nano Lett.; J Opt Soc Am B

Mentor for Global Quantum Leap International Research and National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure programs, National Institute of Material Science, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan, Summer 2022

Facilitator for MSI Quantum Workshop (2022)

Judge for NOBCChE Virtual Conference (2021)



Notable Honors

2021, Bridge-to-Faculty Scholar, UIC


2010-2018: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Washington State University

2003-2005: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

2000-2003: B.S. in Chemistry (magna cum laude), Morehouse College

Selected Presentations

Oral Presentation, “Quantum Algorithm Emulator For Implementation Of Deutsch-Jozsa Algorithm In The THz Region”, 48th IRMMW-THz Conference, September 18-22, 2023

Oral Presentation, “Inverse-design Optimized Metamaterial for THz Application of
Deutsch-Jozsa Algorithm”, Tera Tech 2023, September 4-8, 2023

Huang, Z.; Wu, W.; Herrmann, E.; Ma, K.; Chase, Z.; Searles, T.; Jungfleisch, B.; Wang, X., “Structural reconfigurable metamaterials driven by phase-transition materials”, 44th Photonics & Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS), 2023

Oral Presentation, “Flexible Metastructure Graded-Index Lens as a Quantum Algorithm Emulator”, Electronic Materials Conference, June 28-40, 2023

Oral Presentation, “Terahertz Metadevice for Implementation of the Deutsch-Josza Algorithm”, OPTICS & PHOTONICS International Congress 2023, April 17-21, 2023

Oral Presentation, “Role of pyridine at the platinum-aqueous interface during the
electrochemcial reduction of CO2”, American Chemical Society Spring Meeting, March 26-30, 2023

Oral Presentation, “Implementation of Quantum Algorithms for THz Metasurfaces”, Workshop on Innovative Nanoscale Devices and Systems, December 4-9, 2022

Digital Presentation, “In-Situ Investigation of Pyridine in CO2 Electrochemistry”, 242nd Electrochemical Society Meeting, October 9-13, 2022

Yahiaoui, R.; Chase, Z.A.; Huang, Z.; Wang, X.; Searles, T.A., “Active Beam Steering of Terahertz Waves with Phase Change based Metasurfaces”, CLEO: Science and Innovations, SWAG.4, 2022

Oral Presentation, “Enhancing Dicke Cooperativity in Terahertz Metasurfaces Through Ultrastrong Coupling”, Material Research Society Spring Meeting, May 8-13, 2022

Oral Presentation, “Terahertz Beam Steering with Phase Change Based Metasurfaces”, American Physics Society Spring Meeting, March 13-18, 2022

Oral Presentation, “Dynamically Tunable Single-layer VO2/metasurface-based broadband THz Cross-Polarization Converter”, Workshop on Innovative Nanoscale Devices and Systems, November 28- December 3, 2021

Oral Presentation-Invited Speaker, “Dynamically Tunable Single-layer VO2/metasurface-based broadband THz Cross-Polarization Converter”, National Society of Black Physicists Conference, November 4-7, 2021

Oral Presentation, “The Local Structure and Catalytic Performance of a NiFe Bimetallic Catalyst for Aqueous Phase Phenol Hydrogenation”, American Chemical Society- Northwest Regional Meeting, June 24-27, 2018, Richland, WA

Oral Presentation, “State of Supported Ni catalysts in Aqueous Media”, Pacific Coast
Catalyst Society, September 17-18, 2015, Richland, WA

Poster Presentation, “Cyclohexane Conformation at the Liquid/Solid Interface Probed by Sum Frequency Generation-Vibrational Spectroscopy (SFG-VS)”, Pacific Coast Catalyst Society, September 17-18, 2015, Richland, WA

Research Currently in Progress

Currently, we are working on projects involving topological insulators and carbon nanotubes for quantum applications.