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NanoPhotonics Centre

 

 creating new properties of light and matter

Most of the Group 2012

 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.

Our paperless lab environment

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Latest news

Featured article in Nature Communications

30 November 2021

Our work on tracking the interactions between single molecules and gold atoms has been selected as Featured Article in Nature Communications. A great recognition of the hard work put in by Jack and Tamás! Article available here . single_molecule_gold_Atom.gif

Bowling November '21

29 November 2021

A nice evening out with the NanoPhotonics group. About 30 people from the NanoPhotoncis centre decided to go bowling together at the Leisure Centre. And ofcourse pub afterwards. Thanks to the organizers Sarah and Ishaan.

Royal Society University Research Fellowship: Bart de Nijs

24 November 2021

Bart de Nijs has been awarded a prestigious University Research Fellowship from the Royal Society. This will be held in the NanoPhotonics Centre where Bart will focus his research on combining the powerful optical properties of self-assembled plasmonic nanoarchitectures with molecular catalysts to develop new types of...