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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.

Prof. David J. Norris Wins the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching

November, 2015. Congratulations to Prof. David J. Norris for receiving the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching 2015. The aim of the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching is to promote quality teaching at ETH, and to strengthen Switzerland as a science and research location. For David's "Polybahn Pitch" on the importance of teaching at a research university see this link.

OMEL Welcomes Aurelio Rossinelli

October, 2015. OMEL welcomes Aurelio Rossinelli as a new Ph.D. student. Aurelio recently graduated with his Master's degree in Process Engineering from the ETH Zurich. He completed his Master's thesis, "Synthesis and Application of CdSe/CdS Nanorods in Luminescent Solar Concentrators," with the group of Prof. Moungi Bawendi in the Chemistry Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (USA).

Dr. Ferry Prins Receives SNF Ambizione Grant

September, 2015. Congratulations to Ferry for receiving an SNF Ambizione Grant! The Ambizione is aimed at early-career researchers who wish to conduct, manage and lead an independent research line at a Swiss university. In a new topic of research for OMEL, Ferry will develop platforms for surface enhanced spectroscopy using multiresonant plasmonic Bull’s eye antennas.



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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