PhoNa concluded successfully with International Symposium in 2014
The research initiative on Photonic Nanomaterials (PhoNa) is carried out consortium-driven top-notch research on a broad spectrum of linear and nonlinear photonic nanomaterials and was funded by the Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and by the Thuringian Ministry for Education, Science, and Culture from 2010 until 2014. In November 2014, the PhoNa consortium organized an International Symposium on Nanophotonics and a collocated Doctoral School on Photonic Nanomaterials and Metamaterials. The successfull outcomes of the initiative include, among others,
- a variety of bottom-up, top-down and combined nanostructuring technologies,
- the demonstration of several novel functionalities enabled exclusively by photonic nanomaterials,
- the education and training of numerous, by now graduated early-career scientists,
- and an overall track record of at least 189 peer-reviewed publications in a variety of fields such as nanophotonics, -chemistry, and -physics.
The participants of the PhoNa consortium from all over Germany have found great inspiration and scientific stimuli by researching on photonic nanomaterials, and will continue to do so. Hence, their results will further contribute to sustainably support innovation, technology and fundamental nanosciences in Germany.
With the closing of the funding period of PhoNa, this website will no longer be updated.
In summer 2009, an advanced research initiative on Photonic Nanomaterials (PhoNa) led by the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität (FSU) Jena has succeeded in a highly competitive call of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for excellence in research and innovation. As a result, a focused research program on Photonic Nanomaterials was established in 2010. This joined effort gathered a number of leading German research institutions from the Max Planck Society, the Helmholtz Society, and the Fraunhofer Society together with partners from Germany's photonics industry. The PhoNa consortium conducted research on a broad spectrum of linear and nonlinear Photonic Nanomaterials, as e.g. metamaterials, photonic crystals, plasmonics, diffractive structures, and their application in fields such as biology, chemistry, and material sciences. From 2010 until 2014, this program secured major funding for this field of research, which is understood to be essential to assure progress in optics and photonics. PhoNa was one of the main strategic projects of the Abbe Center of Photonics.
The research initiative PhoNa was supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the program "Spitzenforschung und Innovation in den Neuen Ländern" (support code 03IS2101A) and by the Thuringian Ministry for Education, Science, and Culture in the ProExcellence program.