Prof. ZHAO Yuanan focuses on high power laser materials and laser-material interaction fundamentals. The interested materials include thin film coatings, crystals, liquid crystal components, and nano-structural components. Self-developed metrologies for characterizing optical materials are also his interests, including laser damage testing, photo-thermal absorption detection, laser scattering measurement, high accuracy laser photometer, as well as nonlinear absorption evaluation based on pump-probe techniques.
 First-class Shanghai Technology Invention Award, 2017.
 First-class Anhui Science and Technology Progress Award, 2017.
 Second-class Army Science and Technology Progress Award, 2012.
Published more than 100 papers, including recent papers as followings:
 High Power Laser Science and Engineering 6, e41 2018 (Corresponding Author)
 Optics Letters 41(7), 1534 2016 (Corresponding Author)
 Optics Express, 23(12), 16273 2015 (Corresponding Author)
 Optics Express, 23(11), 14774 2015 (Corresponding Author)
 Applied Physics Letters 102, 081605 2013 (Corresponding Author)