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Nanophotonics at Southampton
Next Generation Metrology Driven by Nanophotonics
Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton

Farewell to Tongjun Liu 2023

Nov. 2023: Tongjun, PhD student and Research Fellow with the group since 2018, is returning home to family and a new job in industry in Shanghai. Thank you Tongjun!”

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Venugopal Raskatla wins Student Paper prize at Metamaterials 2023

Sept. 2023: Venugopal won 3rd prize in the Student Paper Competition at the 17th International Congress on Artificial Materials for Novel Wave Phenomena (Metamaterials 2023) in Platanias, Greece, for his presentation on “Global Synchronization via Non-Reciprocal Coupling: A Route to Photonic Time Crystals”.

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Prof. Zheludev awarded IPS President Metal

Sept 2023: The Institute of Physics Singapore has awarded its 2023 President Medal to Prof Zheludev in recognition of groundbreaking nanophotonics research and establishment of the Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies and The Photonics Institute.

IPS President Medal award certificate

Tongjun Liu wins ORC Team ’96 Prize 2022

Dec. 2022: Tongjun has been awarded the ORC’s Team ’96 Prize, recognizing high achievement by a final year PhD student, for his outstanding academic performance and inspirational attitude to working in foundational research on Picophotonics.

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Prof. Zheludev awarded IOP’s Michael Faraday Medal

Oct 2022: The Institute of Physics has awarded its 2022 Michael Faraday Medal and Prize (for experimental physics) to Prof Zheludev in recognition of his “international leadership, discoveries and in-depth studies of new phenomena and functionalities in photonic nanostructures and nanostructured matter”.

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Prof. MacDonald elected as Optica Fellow

Oct 2022: Optica (formerly OSA) Fellows are members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics. Prof MacDonald has been elected in recognition of “Pioneering contributions to nanophotonics including the optical physics and technology of metamaterials, media undergoing light-induced structural transitions, and free-electron/photon interactions”..

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Prof. Zheludev awarded the President's Science and Technology Awards (PSTA)

Dec 2020: The President's Science and Technology Awards (PSTA) are the highest honours bestowed on exceptional research scientists and engineers in Singapore for their excellent achievements in science and technology. These national awards are given annually to recognise and celebrate outstanding and invaluable contributions by individuals or teams to the research and development landscape in Singapore.
Professor Zheludev and his Singapore-based colleagues Associate Professor Chong Yidong and Associate Professor Zhang Baile from NTU, are honoured for their global leadership in, and fundamental contributions to, topological nanophotonics research which underpins the development of a new generation of light-based technologies. The team’s research is conducted at the Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies (CDPT) founded and directed by Professor Zheludev.

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Prof. Zheludev recognized as a “Highly Cited Researcher”

Nov 2020: Each year, Clarivate™ identifies the world’s most influential researchers ─ the select few who have been most frequently cited by their peers over the last decade. In 2020, fewer than 6,200, or about 0.1%, of the world's researchers, in 21 research fields and across multiple fields, have earned this exclusive distinction. Prof. Zheludev has been recognized for a third year in succession.

Clarivate Analytics: Highly Cited Researchers

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£5.5M Nano-metrology Programme Grant

June 2020: The UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a five-year research programme, from Feb. 2021, on NEXT GENERATION METROLOGY DRIVEN BY NANOPHOTONICS. This collaboration between the University of Southampton’s Zepler Institute for Photonics & Nanoelectronics and the University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Precision Technologies will harness the latest advances in nanophotonics, plasmonics and metamaterials research to develop optical metrology tools and measurement techniques that can be deployed in the real-world and novel metrology concepts for nanotechnology.
Work at Southampton will be led by Prof Nikolay Zheludev, Prof Kevin MacDonald, Dr Eric Plum and Dr Bruce Ou. The Programme is supported by project partners including major metrology instrumentation companies Taylor Hobson and Renishaw, as well as QinetiQ, Qioptiq, and academic partners at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Prof. Zheludev elected to US National Academy of Engineering

Feb 2019: For his ‘leadership and technical contributions to optical metamaterials and nanophotonics’, Prof. Zheludev has been elected as a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

The NAE was founded in 1964 to advance the well-being of the nation (the USA) by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. It is part of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and operates under the same congressional act of incorporation, signed by President Lincoln, that established the National Academy of Sciences in 1863. Election to the NAE, by one’s peers, is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

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Prof. Zheludev elected as a Fellow of
the Royal Society

May 2018: In recognition of the extensive role that he has played in advancing the field of photonics research, Prof. Zheludev has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, and the oldest of its kind in continuous existence. It is made up of the world’s most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists, with a purpose to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science. Becoming a Fellow remains one of the highest accolades that any scientist might aspire to.


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ERC Advanced Grant
on Flying Electromagnetic Toroids

April 2018: The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Prof. Zheludev a €2.57M Advanced Grant to investigate the generation, detection, and interaction with matter of ‘flying toroids’ - a type of light pulse never experimentally studied before.

Advanced Grants provide long-term funding for ground-breaking, high-risk projects, offering unrivalled freedom to develop an area of research without predetermined priorities, and are among the ERC’s most competitive and prestigious awards.

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University of Southampton awarded Queen’s Anniversary Prize

Feb. 2018: In recognition of its world-leading expertise in photonics and fibre optic technology, the University of Southampton has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

The prize - representing the UK's most prestigious form of recognition for an academic or vocational institution, with approval directly from The Queen and Parliament – was presented by HRH Prince Charles and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall to Prof. Sir David Payne and Prof. Nikolay Zheludev from the university’s Optoelectronics Research Centre in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

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