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About NanoPhotonics

 creating new properties of light and matter

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 NanoPhotonics explores how new materials can be created, in which the interaction between light and matter is fundamentally altered to produce  fascinating and useful new effects.

Why we do it

Assembling nano-chunks of matter into sophisticated structures creates nano-materials (or ‘meta-materials’) with emergent properties not found in their constituents, but is a major technological challenge. One of our goals is moving from expensive fabrication of devices to elegant nano-assembly in which materials ‘build themselves’. This convergence of NanoScience/NanoTechnology with Photonics is highly interdisciplinary across all Physical Sciences and beyond, including NanoScience, Chemistry, Engineering, Biology, Healthcare, Materials as well as Physics.

We are always looking for talented researchers to join our research teams: see Positions

The Cambridge NanoPhotonics Centre was setup in 2007 with the arrival of Professor Jeremy J. Baumberg, and has funding from the UK EPSRC and EU, as well as a number of industrial partners and collaborators. We have recently been funded by the EPSRC for a new Soft NanoPhotonics Collaboration joint with Prof. Ulli Steiner in Biological & Soft Solids, Dr. Oren Scherman in Chemistry, Prof. Malcolm Mackley in Chemical Engineering, and Dr. Stephan Hofmann in Engineering. We are combining soft and photonic materials in unusual ways, making flexible and stretcheable nano-materials  with new properties for both functional and bio-applications.

We also support the new Nano Doctoral Training Centre across the University of Cambridge.

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Felix Benz wins Abdus Salam prize

Nov 29, 2016

NanoPhotonics researcher Felix Benz has been awarded the prestigious Abdus Salam prize. His work utilizes the strange properties of tiny particles of gold; light is concentrated down smaller than a single atom enabling a look at individual chemical bonds inside molecules, opening up new ways to study light and matter.

Anna Lombardi answers Naked Scientist question

Oct 27, 2016

Can light exert a force to move an object?

NanoPhotonics go bowling

Oct 26, 2016

NanoPhotonics go bowling

Faraday Discussions

Sep 26, 2016

Jeremy Baumberg guest presenter for the Faraday Discussions

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