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Eggenberger Award for Stephan Kress

February, 2017. Stephan Kress receives the Hans-Eggenberger-Prize for his dissertation on the control of light at nanoscales. The annual award, endowed with CHF 100,000, is given to outstanding young scientists who are primarily active in the interdisciplinary application of electronics and electrical energy technology.

With current optical methods such as glass lenses light cannot be controlled on nanoscales since they are constrained by the diffraction limit of light. However, it is possible to circumvent this limit with metal-based plasmonic structures. In his thesis "Quantum Dot Plasmonic Waveguides, Resonators and Spasers" at the Optical Materials Engineering Laboratory of Prof. David Norris, Dr. Stephan Kress developed a quantum dot spaser, a novel type of laser capable of breaking the diffraction limit and generating nanoscale light.

Kress will use the prize money to continue his research at Harvard University. Its goal is to develop rewritable metasurface optics in the mid-infrared range. He would like to improve the understanding of light on the nanoscale and potentially revolutionize mid-infrared optics which among others are used to analyze the gases in our atmosphere.


OMEL Welcomes Ms. Dr. Ann-Katrin U. Michel

February, 2017. OMEL welcomes Ms. Ann-Katrin Michel as a new postdoctoral researcher. Ann-Katrin obtained her PhD degree from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, in December 2016. She wrote her PhD thesis, entitled "Tuning of nanoantenna resonances in the mid-infrared spectral range by using phase-change materials" under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Taubner and Prof. Matthias Wuttig.


OMEL Welcomes Aniket Sandip Mule

January, 2017. OMEL welcomes Aniket Sandip Mule as a new Ph.D. student. Aniket recently graduated with his Master's degree in Process Engineering from ETH Zurich. He completed his Master's thesis, entitled "Synthesis of CdSe Nanoplatelets using New Selenium Precursors" at OMEL under the supervision of Prof. David J. Norris in Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (D-MAVT) at ETH Zurich.

Lab tour with high school students

December, 2016. The Ladies in Mechanical and Electrical Studies association of AMIV ( organized an information day for female high school students from all over Switzerland. People from OMEL showed our labs and presented demonstration experiments to the students.


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Congratulations to Dr. Stephan J. Kress for winning the Silver Medal of ETH Zurich

November, 2016. Congratulations to Stephan Kress for receiving the ETH Medal for his outstanding doctoral thesis. This award is reserved for the top 8% of dissertations at ETH Zurich.




OMEL Welcomes Marianne Aellen

November, 2016. OMEL welcomes Marianne Aellen as a new Ph.D. student. Marianne recently obtained her Master’s degree in Micro and Nanosystems from ETH Zurich. For her Master’s thesis, entitled “Contrast Enhancement in the SWIR Wavelength Regime“, she worked with the group of Prof. Moungi Bawendi in the Chemistry Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (USA).


OMEL Welcomes Nolan Lassaline

November, 2016. OMEL welcomes Nolan Lassaline as a new Ph.D. student. Nolan recently graduated with his Master's degree in Micro and Nanosystems from ETH Zurich. He completed his Master's thesis, entitled "Accurate Placement of Quantum Dots on Patterned Plasmonic Surfaces with Three-Dimensional and Single-Dot Control" here at OMEL under the supervision of Prof. David J. Norris.

Recent Publications

Optical Chirality Flux

Optical Chirality Flux as a Useful Far-Field Probe of Chiral Near Fields

Lisa V. Poulikakos, Philipp Gutsche, Kevin M. McPeak, Sven Burger, Jens Niegemann, Christian Hafner and David J. Norris

                         ACS Photonics, 2016, 3 (9), pp 1619–1625

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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