skip to content

NanoPhotonics Centre


Bart de Nijs holds a University Research Fellowship (URF) from The Royal Society in the Cavendish laboratory. His research focusses on how to best use the tightly focussed and strongly magnified light in small nanogaps to study and induce chemical processes, with as aim to make chemical processes more efficient or previously in-accesible processes. The ultimate goal of the research is to develop stand-alone optical nanophotonic reactors that employ light to perform important chemical processes such as CO2 reduction, photon harvesting, and the breakdown of plastics and bio waste.



Key publications: 

Cascaded nanooptics to probe microsecond atomic-scale phenomena Marlous Kamp*,  Bart de Nijs*,  Nuttawut Kongsuwan, Matthias Saba,  Rohit Chikkaraddy, Charlie A. Readman, William M. Deacon, Jack Griffiths, Steven J. Barrow, Oluwafemi S. Ojambati, Demelza Wright, Junyang Huang, Ortwin Hess, Oren A. Scherman, and Jeremy J. Baumberg, PNAS (2020), 117, 14819.

Citrate Coordination and Bridging of Gold Nanoparticles: The Role of Gold Adatoms in AuNP Ageing, David-Benjamin Grys, Bart de Nijs, Andrew R Salmon, Junyang Huang, Wenting Wang, Wei-Hsin Chen, Oren A Scherman, Jeremy J Baumberg, ACS Nano (2020).

 Multivalent patchy colloids for quantitative 3D self-assembly studies, Marlous Kamp, Bart de Nijs, Marjolein N van der Linden, Isja de Feijter, Merel J Lefferts, Antonio Aloi, Jack Griffiths, Jeremy J Baumberg, Ilja K Voets, Alfons van Blaaderen, Langmuir (2020), 36, 2403.

Flickering nanometre-scale disorder in a crystal lattice tracked by plasmonic flare light emission, Cloudy Carnegie, Mattin Urbieta, Rohit Chikkaraddy, Bart de Nijs, Jack Griffiths, William M Deacon, Marlous Kamp, Nerea Zabala, Javier Aizpurua, Jeremy J Baumberg, Nature Comm. (2020), 11, 1.

Light-Induced Coalescence of Plasmonic Dimers and Clusters, Andrew R Salmon, Marie-Elena Kleemann, Junyang Huang, William M Deacon, Cloudy Carnegie, Marlous Kamp, Bart de Nijs, Angela Demetriadou, Jeremy J Baumberg, ACS Nano (2020), 14, 4982.

Inhibiting Analyte Theft in Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Substrates: Subnanomolar Quantitative Drug DetectionBart de Nijs, Cloudy Carnegie, István Szabó, David-Benjamin Grys, Rohit Chikkaraddy, Marlous Kamp, Steven J. Barrow, Charlie A. Readman, Marie-Elena Kleemann, Oren A. Scherman, Edina Rosta, and Jeremy J. Baumberg, ACS Sensors (2019), 4, 2988.

Anomalously large spectral shifts near the quantum tunnelling limit in plasmonic rulers with subatomic resolution, Charlie Readman, Bart de Nijs, István Szabó, Angela Demetriadou, Ryan Greenhalgh, Colm Durkan, Edina Rosta, Oren A Scherman, Jeremy J Baumberg, Nano Letters (2019), 19, 2051.

Room-Temperature Optical Picocavities below 1 nm3 Accessing Single-Atom Geometries, Cloudy Carnegie, Jack Griffiths, Bart de Nijs, Charlie Readman, Rohit Chikkaraddy, William M. Deacon, Yao Zhang, István Szabó, Edina Rosta, Javier Aizpurua, and Jeremy J. Baumberg, JPCL (2018), 9, 7146.

Interplay between spherical confinement and particle shape on the self-assembly of rounded cubes, Da Wang, Michiel Hermes, Ramakrishna Kotni, Yaoting Wu, Nikos Tasios, Yang Liu, Bart de Nijs, Ernest B Van Der Wee, Christopher B Murray, Marjolein Dijkstra, Alfons Van Blaaderen, Nature Comm. (2018), 9, 1.

Plasmonic tunnel junctions for single-molecule redox chemistryBart de Nijs, Felix Benz, Steven J Barrow, Daniel O Sigle, Rohit Chikkaraddy, Aniello Palma, Cloudy Carnegie, Marlous Kamp, Ravishankar Sundararaman, Prineha Narang, Oren A Scherman, Jeremy J Baumberg, Nature Comm. (2017), 8, 1.

Strong-coupling of WSe 2 in ultra-compact plasmonic nanocavities at room temperature, Marie-Elena Kleemann, Rohit Chikkaraddy, Evgeny M Alexeev, Dean Kos, Cloudy Carnegie, Will Deacon, Alex Casalis De Pury, Christoph Große, Bart de Nijs, Jan Mertens, Alexander I Tartakovskii, Jeremy J Baumberg, Nature Comm. (2017), 8, 1.

Single-molecule strong coupling at room temperature in plasmonic nanocavities, Rohit Chikkaraddy, Bart de Nijs, Felix Benz, Steven J Barrow, Oren A Scherman, Edina Rosta, Angela Demetriadou, Peter Fox, Ortwin Hess, Jeremy J Baumberg, Nature (2016), 535, 127.

Single-molecule optomechanics in “picocavities”, Felix Benz, Mikolaj K Schmidt, Alexander Dreismann, Rohit Chikkaraddy, Yao Zhang, Angela Demetriadou, Cloudy Carnegie, Hamid Ohadi, Bart de Nijs, Ruben Esteban, Javier Aizpurua, Jeremy J Baumberg, Science, (2016), 354, 726.

Entropy-driven formation of large icosahedral colloidal clusters by spherical confinementBart de Nijs, Simone Dussi, Frank Smallenburg, Johannes D Meeldijk, Dirk J Groenendijk, Laura Filion, Arnout Imhof, Alfons Van Blaaderen, Marjolein Dijkstra, Nature Materials (2015), 14, 56.

Royal Society University Research Fellow
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow
Isaac Newton Trust Early Career Fellow
Dr Bart  de Nijs

Contact Details

Takes PhD students
Not available for consultancy

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...