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Veni award for Dr. Freddy T. Rabouw

August, 2017. Congratulations to Freddy for winning a Veni grant from the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). He will use this grant to continue his scientific career as a tenure-tracker at Utrecht University next year, after finishing his postdoc research at OMEL.

Aurelio Rossinelli

Congratulations to Aurelio Rossinelli whose poster was selected as one of three poster prize winners at the MaP Graduate Symposium 2017

June, 2017. Congratulations to Aurelio Rossinelli whose poster “High-temperature growth of thick-shell CdSe/CdS core/shell nanoplatelets” was selected as one of three poster prize winners at the MaP Graduate Symposium 2017 ( The three winners held a flash poster presentation for all symposium participants.

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Congratulations to Marianne Aellen for winning the Silver Medal of ETH Zurich

June, 2017. At the MAVT master's ceremony, Marianne Aellen was awarded with the Silver Medal of ETH Zurich for her Master thesis entitled „Contrast Enhancement in the SWIR wavelength regime“.

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Dr. Ann-Katrin U. Michel wins ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship

May, 2017. Congratulations to Ann-Katrin 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.



Congratulations to Aniket Mule

April, 2017. Aniket Mule, doctoral student in the lab of Prof. David J. Norris, ETH Professor for Optical Materials Engineering Laboratory, has been awarded the SGVC Prize 2017 by the Schweizerische Gesellschaft der Verfahrens- und ChemieingenieurInnen for his Master's Thesis entitled: “Synthesis of CdSe Nanoplatelets using New Selenium
Precursors”. Read more



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.

Recent Publications

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Direct Patterning of Colloidal Quantum-Dot Thin Films for Enhanced and Spectrally Selective Out-Coupling of Emission

F. Prins, D. K. Kim, J. Cui, E. De Leo, L. L. Spiegel, K. M. McPeak and D. J. Norris

Nano Letters 17, 1319–1325 (2017).

An intrinsic growth instability in isotropic materials leads to quasi-two-dimensional nanoplatelets

An intrinsic growth instability in isotropic materials leads to quasi-two-dimensional nanoplatelets A. Riedinger, F. D. Ott , A. Mule, S. Mazzotti , P. N. Knüsel , S. J. P. Kress, F. Prins, S. C. Erwin,  D. J. Norris

Nature Materials 16, 743-748 (2017).


Optical Chirality Flux

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

L. V. Poulikakos, P. Gutsche, K. M. McPeak, S. Burger, J. Niegemann, C. Hafner and D. J. Norris

ACS Photonics 3, 1619–1625 (2016).



Wedge Waveguides and Resonators for Quantum Plasmonics

S. J. P. 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, 6267-6275 (2015).


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