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NanoPhotonics Centre

 

NP interactions with media and the public

NanoPhotonics is a perfect field to showcase nanoscience to a wider audience since it is so visual. For instance chopping plastics into regular patterns a thousand times smaller than a human hair creates new optical properties, such as opals.

Our activities showcase the value of nano-advances to the public and we easily demonstrate optical effects based on structuring materials at the smallest nanoscales. Past successes are Royal Society Exhibitions (’11,’06) in which we talked to over 10000 people in a single week. Others include BBC Radio and TV appearances (most recently Dara O’Brian’s Science Club on BBC1 Aug 2013), Science Museum exhibits, Cafe Scientifique, and publicity in newspapers across the globe, including a full focus gallery spread in Wired.  For our most recent activities, see the news feed on the right of this page.

'Weird Nanophotonic Materials Bend and Trap Light to Make Crazy Colors': Wired

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'Dress to Impress': Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2011
See also "How Nature Dresses to Impress" website

Locally we partner with the Cambridge NanoForum and the NanoDTC (Nano Centre for Doctoral Training) to bring events to wider audiences.Nanoevents1

Demonstrations we currently provide include:

Please contact us for more information

Latest news

NanoPhotonics Christmas Party

16 December 2021

Many thanks to Chris and Jeremy for organising a very nice Christmas dinner at Jesus College. It was good to be able to see everyone again. Now we just need to figure out who gave which present to who :) Christmas_dinner_2021_2 Christmas_dinner_2021_3

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.