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Recently, an advanced research initiative on Photonic Nanomaterials (PhoNa) led by the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität 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, starting in 2010. This joined effort gathers a number of leading German research institutions from the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft together with partners from Germany's Photonics industry. The PhoNa consortium conducts research on a broad spectrum of linear and nonlinear Photonic Nanomaterials, as e.g. metamaterials, photonic crystals, diffractive structures, and their application. Until 2014 this program will secure major funding for this field of research which is understood to be essential to assure progress in optics and photonics.

The research initiative PhoNa is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the program "Spitzenforschung und Innovation in den Neuen Ländern" and by the Thuringian Ministry for Education, Science, and Culture in the ProExcellence program.

As a part of the commencement of the research initiative, the PhoNa consortium organized an international workshop on March 24th to 25th 2010. The workshop brought together renowned international scientists from the fields of nano-optics, plasmonics, nanofabrication, nano-chemistry, and theoretical methods in electrodynamics, to discuss future perspectives of Photonic Nanomaterials. The aim was to recognize the main streams of research in this scientific area and to identify particular challenges for applications as well as for fundamental science.

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