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OMEL was established in 2010 to develop and investigate optical materials that exhibit new physical phenomena.

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OMEL Welcomes Robert Keitel

August, 2016. OMEL welcomes Robert Keitel as a new Ph.D. student. Robert recently graduated with his Master’s degree in Materials Science from ETH Zurich. He completed his Master’s thesis, entitled “Thermal stability and thermoelectric properties of PbS nanocrystals”, with the group of Prof. William Tisdale in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (USA).

Lisa Poulikakos is selected as Chair of the 2018 Gordon Research Seminarn Plasmonics and Nanophotonics

July 2016. Congratulations to Lisa Poulikakos, who was selected to chair the Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) in Plasmonics and Nanophotonics in 2018 (! The GRS "is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists (…) to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas." Her responsibilities will include “developing a rigorous, forward-looking scientific program", inviting mentors from academia and industry, attracting a diverse audience of participants and raising funds.

Lisa Poulikakos Wins MaP Graduate Symposium Poster Prize

June 2016. Congratulations to Lisa Poulikakos, whose poster entitled “The Optical Chirality Flux as a Useful Far-Field Probe of Chiral Near Fields” was selected as one of three poster prize winners at the MaP Graduate Symposium 2016 ( The three winners held a flash poster presentation (photo) (JPEG, 6.6 MB) for all symposium participants.

OMEL Welcomes Raphael Brechbuehler

May, 2016. OMEL welcomes Raphael Brechbuehler as a new Ph.D. student. Raphael recently obtained his Master’s degree in Micro and Nanosystems from ETH Zurich. For his Master’s thesis “Towards Integrated Photo-Rechargeable Silicon Nanowires Based Micro-Supercapacitors”, he worked with the group of Prof. Roya Maboudian in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley (USA).

Congratulations to Dr. Boris le Feber for Winning Rubicon Fellowship

April, 2016. Congratulations to Dr. Boris le Feber for receiving a Rubicon Fellowship! The Rubicon fellowship is awarded by the Dutch Science Foundation "NWO" to researchers who recently obtained their PhD degree in any field of science. Boris will investigate the possibility of using magnetically doped quantum dots to direct surface plasmon polaritons.

Dr. Freddy T. Rabouw Wins Rubicon Fellowship

January, 2016. Congratulations to Freddy for receiving a Rubicon Fellowship! The Rubicon fellowship is awarded by the Dutch Science Foundation "NWO" to researchers who recently obtained their PhD degree in any field of science. The award is based on a peer-reviewed research proposal.

OMEL Welcomes Dr. Freddy T. Rabouw

January, 2016. OMEL welcomes Dr. Freddy T. Rabouw as a new postdoctoral researcher. Freddy obtained his PhD degree from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in September 2015. He wrote his PhD thesis, entitled "Before there was light: excited state dynamics in luminescent (nano)materials" under the supervision of Prof. Daniël Vanmaekelbergh and Prof. Andries Meijerink.

Dr. Priyank Vijaya Kumar Wins ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship

December, 2015. Congratulations to Priyank for receiving an ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship! The ETH Fellowship, co-funded by the EU Commission's Marie Curie Actions, is intended to provide two years of postdoctoral support for “high-potential, young researchers.” ETH Fellows are selected on the basis of a peer-reviewed research proposal and an interview with the ETH Zurich Research Commission.






Recent Publications

Wedge Waveguides and Resonators for Quantum Plasmonics

S. J. Kress, F. V. Antolinez, P. Richner, S. V. Jayanti, D. K. Kim,
F. Prins, A. Riedinger, M. P. Fischer, S. Meyer, K. M. McPeak,
D. Poulikakos, D. J. Norris

    Nano Letters, 15.9 (2015): 6267-6275.

Plasmonic films can easily be better: Rules and recipes

Kevin M. McPeak, Sriharsha V. Jayanti, Stephan J.P. Kress, Stefan Meyer, Stelio Iotti, Aurelio Rossinelli and David J. Norris

ACS Photonics, 2.3 (2015): 326-333.

Low-temperature enhancement of plasmonic performance in silver films

S. V. Jayanti, J. H. Park, A. Dejneka, D. Chvostova, K. M. McPeak, X. S. Chen, S. H. Oh, and D. J. Norris

                         Optical Materials Express, 5.5 (2015): 1147-1155.

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