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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.

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Latest news

NanoPhotonics Centre visited by 533 high school students

28 September 2022

Why do grapes explode in a microwave oven? How does nanostructured chocolate look like? What do nanoparticles on a mirror and Homer Simpson have in common? As part of Physics at Work 2022 , 36 groups of high school students visited our exhibit about plasmonics and nano-optics. Read more here !

IOP news article about recent Sciences Advances paper

22 August 2022

A news article has been written about the recent Sciences Advances paper ' Optical suppression of energy barriers in single molecule-metal binding ' in the IOP optics and photonics research update. Read the article here !

Article featured in Nature Communications Editors’ Highlights

15 July 2022

The recent article 'Hollow-core optical fibre sensors for operando Raman spectroscopy investigation of Li-ion battery liquid electrolytes' has been selected as a featured article in the Nature Communications Editor's highlights. Congratulations to Ermanno and Tijmen! The Editor's highlights can be seen here: https://www...