NANOP 2017 conference will gather high-profile Nanophotonics and Micro/Nano Optics experts to deliver plenary speeches:

Prof. Christoph Langhammer

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Christoph Langhammer, originally from Zürich, Switzerland, is Associate Professor in Chemical Physics at the Department of Physics of Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden. He is also a co-founder of Insplorion AB, a spin-off company that markets nanoplasmonic sensing technology for research instruments and for optical sensor devices finding application in battery state of health and air quality monitoring. He holds an ERC Starting Grant awarded 2015 and was appointed KAW Academy Fellow by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in Sweden 2016. His research group operates at the interface between materials science, nanofluidics, catalysis, nanoplasmonics and in situ spectroscopy, with a particular focus on sustainable energy related materials and systems like metal-hydrogen interactions in nanoparticles, fuel cells and heterogeneous (photo)catalysts, as well as optical gas and bio-sensing.

Talk title: Integrating Nanofluidics with Single Particle Plasmonics

Prof. Francisco J. Garcia Vidal

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain


Francisco J. Garcia-Vidal is a scientific group leader and full professor at the Condensed Matter theory group of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Since 1997 he has been associated with the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, first as an associate professor and since December 2007 as a full professor. Garcia-Vidal and his group has made internationally recognized contributions in different areas within Plasmonics and Metamaterials as: Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering, theoretical explanation of the phenomenon of extraordinary transmission of light through subwavelength apertures, the concept of spoof surface plasmons, control of propagation of surface plasmons in structured surfaces (i.e., spoof surface plasmons), light waveguiding using surface plasmons and, more recently, Quantum Plasmonics. Prof. Garcia-Vidal has published more than 230 articles in international journals and has given over 90 invited talks at international conferences. Garcia-Vidal’s articles have received more than 17.000 citations according to the ISI Web of Knowledge and his Hirsch factor is 57. In 2012, Prof. García-Vidal was awarded with an ERC-Advanced Grant entitled “PLASMONANOQUANTA’’. He has been recently included in the list of the 130 most influential physicists of the decade 2003-2013 elaborated by Thomson Reuters.

Talk title: Modification of Material Properties and Molecular Structure driven by QED phenomena

Prof. Lukas Novotny

ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Lukas Novotny NANOP 2017

Lukas Novotny is a Professor of Photonics at ETH ZŸrich.  His research is focused on understanding and controlling light-matter interactions on the nanometer scale.  Novotny did his PhD at ETH ZŸurich and from 1996-99 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, working on new schemes of single molecule detection and nonlinear spectroscopy. In 1999 he joined the faculty of the Institute of Optics where he started one of the first research programs with focus on nano-optics. Novotny is the author of the textbook ‘Principles of Nano-Optics’, which is currently in its second edition.  He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Talk title: Controlling Light-matter Interactions on the Nanometer Scale

Prof. Thomas Zentgraf

University of Paderborn, Germany

Thomas Zentgraf

Professor Thomas Zentgraf received his bachelor’s degree of Engineering from University of Applied Sciences Jena, Germany, in 2001 and a master’s degree of Physics from the Technical University Clausthal, Germany, in 2002. After that, he joined the University of Stuttgart, Germany, where he received under the supervision of Professor Harald Giessen his PhD in the 2006. Prof Zentgraf was honored with a Feodor-Lynen-Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2007 and joined as a research fellow the group of Professor Xiang Zhang at the Mechanical Engineering Department at University of California at Berkeley, USA. In 2011 he returned to Germany and became full professor for Applied Physics at the Department of Physics, University of Paderborn, where he is currently head of the Ultrafast Nanophotonics Group. His research interests focus on using ultrafast spectroscopy to study linear and nonlinear effects in plasmonic and dielectric metamaterials and plasmonic-hybrid materials.

Talk title: Metasurfaces with Nonlinear Berry Phases in Space and Time

Prof. Niek F. van Hulst

ICREA – Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Spain

Following study in Astronomy and Physics, Niek van Hulst obtained his PhD (1986) in Molecular & Laser-Physics at the University of Nijmegen (the Netherlands), on microwave-laser double resonance molecular-beam spectroscopy. After research in non-linear optics of organic materials, integrated optics, atomic force and near-field optical microscopy, since 1997 full Professor in Applied Optics at MESA+ Institute for NanoTechnology, University of Twente (the Netherlands) with focus on single molecule detection and scanning probe technology. In 2005, attracted by the Catalan quality-based science policy, he started as ICREA Research Professor and senior group leader at ICFO – the Institute of Photonic Sciences, within The Barcelona Institute of Science & Technology; also as Head Academic Programs at ICFO. Coordinator of the Spanish CONSOLIDER program OSA-fellow; Recipient of European Science Award of the Körber Foundation 2003 and City of Barcelona Prize 2010; ERC Advanced Investigator Grants in 2010 and 2015.

Talk title: Tracking femtosecond dynamics at the nanoscale

Dr. Patrice Genevet

University of Nice Sophia Antipolis/CNRS-CRHEA, France

Patrice Genevet obtained his PhD at University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in France under the direction of Prof. Jorge R. Tredicce, at “Institut Non Linéaire de Nice” on localized spatial solitons in semiconductor lasers and amplifiers. He did two years of postdoctorate fellowship (2009-2011) in the Capasso group (SEAS, Harvard University) in collaboration with Prof. Marlan Scully followed by three years of Research Associate also in the Capasso group (2011- 2014, SEAS, Harvard University). In 2014, he obtained the position of senior research scientist at SIMTech –Singapore Institute for Manufacturing Technologies. In 2015, He joined CNRS at the “Centre de Recherche sur l’hetero-epitaxie et ses applications” as ‘Chargé de Recherche’. He is the recipient of the ERC starting Grant 2015 on Functional flat optical components and applications.
P. Genevet research activities concern the development of micro and nano-structured materials for various applications in Nanophotonics.

Talk title: “Engineering light propagation with planar or conformable optical metasurfaces”

Prof. Arno Rauschenbeutel

Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Arno Rauschenbeutel was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, 1971. During his Ph.D., he worked on cavity quantum electrodynamics with Rydberg atoms in the group of S. Haroche at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, and obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Université Paris VI, France, in 2001. He was a Senior Scientist in the group of D. Meschede at the University of Bonn, Germany, a Professor at the University of Mainz, Germany, and is currently Director and Chair for Applied Quantum Physics at the Atominstitut, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria. He is a founder member of the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology. His research interests include experimental quantum optics, nanophotonics, hybrid quantum systems, optical nanofibers, and optical microresonators. Arno Rauschenbeutel received a Marie Curie Excellence Award (EC), a European Young Investigators Award (ESF), a Lichtenberg-Professorship (Volkswagen-Foundation), and an ERC Consolidator Grant.

Talk title: Chiral Nanophotonics and Quantum Optics

Dr Arseniy Kuznetsov

Data Storage Institute, Singapore

Arseniy Kuznetsov - NANOP 2017

Dr. Arseniy Kuznetsov graduated from Nizhniy Novgorod State University (Russia) in 2002. He received his PhD in Processes Engineering from University Paris 13 (France) in 2005 and in Laser Physics from Institute of Applied Physics RAS (Russia) in 2006. Since 2007 till 2011 he worked at the Laser Zentrum Hannover (Germany) first as a Humboldt Research Fellow and then as a Research Fellow. Since October 2011 till now he is working at the Data Storage Institute (A*STAR, Singapore). He is currently appointed as Senior Scientist, Leader of Nanophotonics Program and Head of Advanced Concept and Nanotechnology Division. Current activities of his group are mainly devoted to development of novel nanodevices based on dielectric nanoantennas and metasurfaces. He is an author of over 40 journal papers (incl. Science, Nature Comm., Adv. Mater., Nano Lett., ACS Nano, ACS Photon., Laser&Photon. Rev. etc.) and a co-inventor of 9 filed patent applications. He is the recipient of 2016 IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize for his outstanding contributions to research in the field of Lasers and Optoelectronics and his pioneering research on a new branch of nanophotonics: optically resonant dielectric nanostructures and dielectric nanoantennas.

Talk title: Dielectric and semiconductor nanoantennas

Prof. Frank Vollmer

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany


Frank Vollmer obtained his PhD in ‘Physics & Biology’ from the Rockefeller University NYC, USA, in 2004. He then became leader of an independent research group at the Rowland Institute at Harvard University where he was appointed Rowland Fellow from 2004 to 2009. From 2010 to 2011 he joined the Wyss Institute for Bio-Inspired Engineering at Harvard University as a Scholar-in-Residence. In 2011 he was appointed group leader (untenured associate professor) at the newly established Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany. Since 2011 he was also appointed as Instructor in Medicine and Associate Bioengineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, where he directed a satellite laboratory until 2016. Since 2016 he is Professor in Biophysics at the School of Physics, University of Exeter, UK. His laboratory is part of the newly established Living Systems Institute.

Talk title: “Exploring the Nanoscale Dynamics of Single Molecules with Optical Microcavities”

Prof. Vahid Sandoghdar

Max Plank Institute, Germany


Vahid Sandoghdar obtained his B.S. in physics from the University of California at Davis in 1987 and Ph.D. in physics from Yale University in 1993. After a postdoctoral stay at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris he moved to the University of Konstanz in Germany in 1995, where he started a new line of research to combine single molecule spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy and quantum optics. In 2001 Vahid Sandoghdar accepted a chair at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. In 2011 he became director at the newly established Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen and Alexander von Humboldt Professor at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. Sandoghdar is one of the founders of the field of Nano-Optics, which merges various methods and research areas to investigate fundamental issues in the interaction between light and matter at the nanometer scale. His current research ranges from quantum optics, plasmonics and ultrahigh resolution microscopy to nanobiophysics.

Talk title: “Quantum Optics with Single Organic Molecules: On the Way to Controlled Cooperative Effects”

Prof. Harry Atwater

California Institute of Technology, USA


Harry Atwater is the Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology. Professor Atwater currently serves as Director of the DOE Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis. Atwater’s scientific interests have two themes: photovoltaics and solar energy as well as plasmonics and optical metamaterials.   His group has created new high efficiency solar cell designs, and have developed principles for light management in solar cells. Atwater is an early pioneer in nanophotonics and plasmonics; he gave the name to the field of plasmonics in 2001. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 publications cited in aggregate > 43,000 times, and his group’s advances in the solar energy and plasmonics field have been reported in Scientific American, Science, Nature Materials, Nature Photonics and Advanced Materials.

He is co-founder of Alta Devices, a venture-backed company in Santa Clara, CA, that holds the current world record for 1 Sun single junction solar cell efficiency and that is currently transitioning high efficiency/low cost GaAs photovoltaics technology to manufacturing and large-scale production. He is the founding Editor in Chief for the journal ACS Photonics, and is Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, and in 2006 he founded the Gordon Research Conference on Plasmonics, which he served as chair in 2008.

Harry Atwater is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, and a Member of US National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors. Atwater has been honored by awards, including: (2016) APS David Adler Lectureship for Advances in Materials Physics, (2014) Julius Springer Prize in Applied Physics, (2014) ISI Highly Cited Researcher, (2013-2016) Fellowship from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, (2012) ENI Prize for Renewable and Non-conventional Energy, SPIE Green Photonics Award (2012), MRS Kavli Lecturer in Nanoscience (2010), the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award (2010). He received the Joop Los Fellowship from the Dutch Society for Fundamental Research on Matter (2005), the A.T.&T. Foundation Award (1990). He won the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1989) and the IBM Faculty Development Award in 1989-1990.

Professor Atwater has worked extensively as a consultant for industry and government, and has actively served the materials community, including Material Research Society Meeting Chair in 1997, AVS Electronic Materials and Processing Division Chair in 1999, Materials Research Society President in 2000, and Board of Trustees of the Gordon Research Conferences.   He also teaches graduate level Applied Physics classes at Caltech in optoelectronics, solid-state physics and device physics.

Professor Atwater received his B. S., M. S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology respectively in 1981, 1983 and 1987. He held the IBM Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University from 1987-88, and has been a member of the Caltech faculty since 1988.

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Talk title: Two Grand Challenges for Nanophotonics: Tunable Coherent Optical Arrays and the Starshot Lightsail

Prof. Juerg Leuthold

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland

Juerg Leuthold is the head of the Institute of Electromagnetic Fields (IEF) at ETH, Zurich, Switzerland. The IEF institute is engaged in photonic and Terahertz device research for communications and sensing. The Institute is known for recent advances in the field of high-speed plasmonics, high-speed wireless communications and for demonstrations of atomic scale photonic devices.
Juerg Leuthold was born in 1966 in Switzerland. He has a Ph.D. degree in physics from ETH Zürich for work in the field of integrated optics and all-optical communications. From 1999 to 2004 he has been affiliated with Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies in Holmdel, USA, where he has been performing device and system research with III/V semiconductor and silicon optical bench materials for applications in high-speed telecommunications. From 2004–2013 he was a full Professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he headed the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics (IPQ) and the Helmholtz Institute of Microtechnology (IMT). Since March 2013 he is a full Professor at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). Juerg Leuthold is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, a fellow of the IEEE. When being a Professor at the KIT he was a member of the the Helmholtz Association Think Tank and a member of the Heidelberg Academy of Science. He currently serves as as a board of director in the Optical Society of America OSA). Juerg Leuthold has been and is serving the community as general chair and in many technical program committees.

Talk title: Plasmonics – a Scalable Path towards a Terabit/s-Technology?