International Workshop 2010: Invited Speakers


Michael Bockstaller

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

Professor Bockstaller is the head of the Polymer Materials Group at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (USA).

His research focus is in the fundamental organizing principles and structure-property relations of polymer, polymer-based hybrid as well as nanoparticulate materials with the aim to contribute to the solution of contemporary materials science and engineering challenges. Michael Bockstaller's wider research interests are in Polymer morphology, polymer-based nanostructures; polymer-based nanoparticle assemblies; phase behavior and structure-property relations (optical/magnetic) of organic-inorganic heterogeneous materials; phase behavior of water-soluble polymers (synthetic and biological) under in-vivo conditions; field-responsive nanoparticles for drug delivery; X-ray and neutron scattering; Electron microscopy.

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Mark Brongersma

Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Stanford University, USA

Mark Brongersma is an Associate Professor and Keck Faculty Scholar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. The research of his team is directed towards the development and physical analysis of new materials and structures that find use in nanoscale electronic and photonic devices. His most recent work has focused on Si-based light-emitting materials, light sources, modulators, detectors, and metallic nanostructures that can manipulate and actively control the flow of light at the nanoscale. Brongersma has given over 50 invited presentations in the last 5 years on the topic of nanophotonics and plasmonics. He has also presented 3 tutorials at International conferences on these topics. He has authored\co-authored over 75 publications and holds a number of patents in the area of Si microphotonics and plasmonics. He received a National Science Foundation Career Award, the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. Dr. Brongersma received his PhD in Materials Science from the FOM Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1998. From 1998-2001 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology.

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Philippe Lalanne

Institut d'Optique, CNRS, Université Paris Sud, France

Philippe Lalanne is head of the Nanophotonics and Electromagnetism group at the Laboratoire Charles Fabry de l'Institut d'Optique in France. Philippe Lalanne's scientific reputation derives from major contributions to the theory of periodic and non periodic photonic structures, including subwavelength diffractive optics, photonic crystal microcavities and metallic nanostructures. He became OSA fellow in 2008.

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Olivier Martin

EPFL Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland

Olivier J.F. Martin received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. In 1989, he joined IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, where he investigated thermal and optical properties of semiconductor laser diodes. Between 1994 and 1997 he was a research staff member at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ). In 1997 he received a Lecturer fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). During the period 1996-1999, he spent a year and a half in the U.S.A., as invited scientist at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD). In 2001 he received a Professorship grant from the SNSF and became Professor of Nano-Optics at the ETHZ. In 2003, he was appointed Professor of Nanophotonics and Optical Signal Processing at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), where he is currently head of the Nanophotonics and Metrology Laboratory.
His research interests focus on the interactions of electromagnetic fields with low dimension systems, especially in the optical regime. Plasmonics is at the heart of his current research interest, with applications in optical signal processing, plasmonic antennas and biophotonics.

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Romain Quidant

Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO), Barcelona, Spain

Romain Quidant is group leader for Nanophotonics at Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO), Barcelona and runs research projects in the following fields: enhanced light-matter interaction at the nanoscale, micro- and nano-optical manipulation with plasmon fields, plasmon-based 2D miniaturized optical elements, and Thermo-plasmonics.

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Costas Soukoulis

Ames Laboratory and Department of Physics, Iowa State University, USA
Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), Crete, Greece

Costas Soukoulis is Associated Researcher at Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) of Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (FORTH), Greece and Professor at Dept. of Materials Science and Technology, University of Crete, Greece. Prof. Soukoulis is also a Distinguished Professor of Physics, at Iowa State University (ISU), USA.
Costas Soukoulis' research interest is in the development of a theoretical understanding of the wave propagation in complex media, such as photonic crystals, left-handed materials, random lasers, random magnetic systems, nonlinear systems, and amorphous semiconductors. The theoretical models which he developed are often quite sophisticated to accurately reflect the complexity of real materials.

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Xiang Zhang

University of California at Berkeley, USA

Xiang Zhang is the Ernest S. Kuh Endowed Chair Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, the Director of NSF Nano-scale Science and Engineering Center (SINAM) and a faculty scientist in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1996 and was on faculty at The Pennsylvania State University and the University of California, Los Angeles, before joining Berkeley in 2004. Professor Zhang's current research is focused on nanoscale physics, metamaterials, nanophotonics, and biotechnologies, with contributions to micro-nano scale engineering, novel 3D fabrication technologies in microelectronics and photonics, micro and nano-devices, nano-lithography and nano-instrumentation, rapid prototyping, bio-MEMS, and semiconductor manufacturing.
He became OSA fellow in 2009 for his ground-breaking first demonstration of the optical superlens and hyperlens, seminal contributions to metamaterials science and nanophotonics, and pioneering work in plasmonic lithography.

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Nikolay Zheludev

Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton, UK

Nikolay Zheludev is Deputy Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre of the University of Southampton (UK) and Director of the EPSRC UK Programme on "Nanostructured Photonic Metamaterials".
Prof. Zheludev's research reputation is derived from more than a hundred plenary and invited talks at major international conferences, held since 2005, three research books and a constant stream of publications in high-impact journals. Prof. Zheludev is a world leader in the field of experimental nanophotonics and metamaterials.

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