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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:

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Latest news

Sara Rocchetti - Best poster at Chemical and NanoScience symposium

17 May 2023

Sara Rocchetti won the best poster award at the 10th Chemical and NanoScience symposium Newcastle (CNSN-X) with her work on DNA origami and nanophotonics. Well done!

EPSRC programme grant for Ubiquitous Optical Healthcare Technologies (UbOHT)

5 May 2023

An £8.6M EPSRC programme grant on Ubiquitous Optical Healthcare Technologies (UbOHT) has been awarded to Jeremy Baumberg along with other researchers from Cambridge, York, Strathclyde and Exeter, with the aim to build new types of low-cost biosensor to help with the monitoring, prevention and management of diseases. Read...

Top cited paper in Journal of Raman Spectroscopy

24 February 2023

The paper Eliminating irreproducibility in SERS substrates has been named top cited paper in the Journal of Raman Spectroscopy!!