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Professor Nikolay Zheludev FRS NAE

Deputy Director, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK

Co-Director, The Photonics Institute, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Professor Zheludev is fellow of the Royal Society and member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. He graduated and was awarded PhD and DSc from Moscow State University. After working as a group leader at the Nonlinear Optics Laboratory at Moscow State University he was appointed a lecturer at the University of Southampton in 1991. He became Chair Professor of Physics and Astronomy in 2000 and Deputy Director (Physics) of Southampton Optoelectronics Research Centre in 2006. Since 2019 he is deputy director of Zepler Institute at Southampton University. From 2012 he became the Founding Director of the Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies (CDPT) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. In 2014 he became founding co-Director of the Photonics Institute at NTU.

Professor Nikolay Zheludev is duly regarded by his peers as a pioneer and world leader in the fields of nanophotonics and metamaterials that will make light a major enabling technology of the 21st century. In particular he made seminal contributions to paradigm of metamaterials with “Optical Properties on Demand”, he developed metamaterials with controlled dispersion, boundary conditions and polarization properties, pioneered a new generation of nonlinear, gain, switchable, nano-mechanical and memory metamaterials, introduced the ground-breaking concept of nanophotonics of structural transformations, introduced and developed the “active plasmonics” paradigm, provided the first experimental studies of optical super-oscillations and discovered several new phenomena of nonlinear polarization optics. They are laying the foundation for the development of the new generation of nanotechnology enabled solutions operating across the entire electromagnetic spectrum such as high-bandwidth low-intensity optical switching solution, wavefront management dispersion and polarization control devices, data processing, optical tagging and optical data storage devices, super-resolution imaging devices, detectors and nanolasers and many others. Professor Zheludev is the Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher.

Since year 2000 he won more than 30 grants amounting to more than £50million as Principle Investigator. Among them, he won from EPSRC (UK) two times the most prestigious Programme Grants (CRP-alike) for developing photonic metamaterials, metadevices and metasystems, high-profile Portfolio Grant on nanophotonics and multi-university Basic Technology Programme to develop advanced applied nano-imaging solutions. In 2010 he was appointed to implement at Southampton the multi-million Leverhulme Trust Programme on “Embedding New Discipline of Metamaterials into UK Universities”. In 2018 he won the multimillion ERC Advanced grant to develop toroidal electrodynamics. Singapore, among other multi-million grants from the University and A*STAR he was uniquely awarded by the Ministry of Education two most prestigious Tier3 Programme on Nanophotonics and Metamaterials (2012) and on Quantum and Topological Nanophotonics (2017). He was recipient of a number of defence contracts from UK and US defence agencies and was involved in major international collaborations with USA, Australia and EU consortia. Professor Zheludev is advisor to the Nature/Springer publishing group and Editor-in-Chief of the IOP “Journal of Optics”, see:

Professor Zheludev has been recognized by the academic community and stakeholders as one of the most influential researchers: he was appointed to Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Professor awarded to “outstanding researchers” (2000), as an EPSRC Senior Research Professor awarded to “outstanding academic scientists and engineers of international repute” by the of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (2002) and was awarded the Royal Society Wolfson Research Professor (Merit Award) to “respected scientists of outstanding achievement and potential” (2009). He is Fellow of the Institute of Physics (London), Optical Society of America, American Physical Society and European Physical Society that only has less than 100 fellows. In 2015 he received the Thomas Young Medal. (IOP) for “global leadership and pioneering, seminal work in optical metamaterials and nanophotonics”. In 2018 he received The Nanyang Research Award.

Professor Zheludev was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 2018 and became International member of the United States Academy of Engineering in 2019.

Personal Information

First Name:Nikolay
Business Address:Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK
e-mail:niz AT orc DOT soton DOT ac DOT uk

N.I.Zheludev: Key recent publications


  1. Polarization of Light in Nonlinear Optics”. Y.P. Svirko and N.I. Zheludev. John Wiley & Sons. Chichester, New York, Weinheim, Brisbane, Singapore, Toronto, 1998 (ISBN 0-471-97640-7)
  2. Susceptibility Tensors for Nonlinear Optics”. S.V.Popov, Y.P. Svirko and N.I. Zheludev. Institute of Physics Publishers, Bristol and Philadelphia, 1995 (ISBN 0-7503-0253-4)


  1. An electromechanically reconfigurable plasmonic metamaterial operating in the near-infrared. J. Y. Ou, E. Plum, J. Zhang, and N. I. Zheludev Nature Nanotech. 8, 252-255 (2013)
  2. From metamaterials to metadevices. N. I. Zheludev and Y. S. Kivshar Nature Mater. 11, 917 (2012)
  3. Controlling light-with-light without nonlinearity. J. Zhang, K. F. MacDonald, and N. I. Zheludev Light: Science and Applications 1, e18 (2012)
  4. A super-oscillatory lens optical microscope for subwavelength imaging. E. T. F. Rogers, J. Lindberg, T. Roy, S. Savo, J. E. Chad, M. R. Dennis and N. I. Zheludev Nature Mater. 11, 432 (2012)
  5. The Fano resonance in plasmonic nanostructures and metamaterials. B. Luk’yanchuk, N. I. Zheludev, S. A. Maier, N. J. Halas, P. Nordlander, H. Giessen, and C. T. Chong Nature Mater. 9, 707 (2010)
  6. Toroidal dipolar response in a metamaterial. T. Kaelberer, V. A. Fedotov, N. Papasimakis, D. P. Tsai, and N. I. ZheludevScience 330, 1510 (2010)
  7. A 7-nm light pen makes its mark. N. I. Zheludev Nature Nanotech. 5, 10 (2010)
  8. Coherent and incoherent metamaterials and order-disorder transitions. N. Papasimakis, V. A. Fedotov, Y. H. Fu, D. P. Tsai, and N. I. Zheludev. Physical Review B. 80, 041102(R) (2009)
  9. Light well: a tunable free-electron light source on a chip. G. Adamo, K. F. MacDonald, Y. H. Fu, C-M. Wang, D. P. Tsai, F. J. García de Abajo, and N. I. Zheludev. Physical Review Letters. 103, 113901 (2009)
  10. Metamaterials: optical activity without chirality. E. Plum, X.-X. Liu, V. A. Fedotov, Y. Chen, D. P. Tsai, and N. I. Zheludev. Physical Review Letters. 102, 113902 (2009)
  11. Gyrotropy of a metamolecule: wire on a torus. Papasimakis, V. A. Fedotov, K. Marinov, and N. I. Zheludev. Physical Review Letters. 103, 093901 (2009)
  12. Super-resolution without evanescent waves. F. M. Huang and N. I. Zheludev. Nano Letters. 9, 1249 (2009)
  13. Ultrafast active plasmonics. K. F. MacDonald, Z. L. Sámson, M. I. Stockman, and N. I. Zheludev. Nature Photonics 3, 55, (2008)
  14. What diffraction limit? N. I. Zheludev. Nature Materials 7, 420-422 (2008)
  15. Lasing spaser. N. I. Zheludev, S. L. Prosvirnin, N. Papasimakis, and V. A. Fedotov. Nature Photonics, 2 351-354 (2008)
  16. Metamaterial analog of electromagnetically induced transparency. N. Papasimakis, V. A. Fedotov, N. I. Zheludev, and S. L. Prosvirnin. Physical Review Letters. 101, 253903 (2008)
  17. All Change, please. N.I.Zheludev. Nature Photonics. 1, 625-628 (2007)
  18. All-optical phase-change memory in a single gallium nanoparticle. B. F. Soares, F. Jonsson, and N. I. Zheludev. Physical Review Letters. 98, 153905 (2007)
  19. Sharp trapped-mode resonances in planar metamaterials with broken structural Symmetry. V. A. Fedotov, M. Rose, S. L. Prosvirnin, N. Papasimakis, and N. I. Zheludev. Physical Review Letters. 99, 147401 (2007)
  20. Giant gyrotropy due to electromagnetic-field coupling in a bilayered chiral structure. A. V. Rogacheva, V. A. Fedotov, A. S. Schwanecke, and N. I. Zheludev. Physical Review Letters. 97, 177401 (2006)
  21. Generation of traveling surface plasmon waves by free-electron impact. M. V. Bashevoy, F. Jonsson, A. V. Krasavin, N. I. Zheludev, Y. Chen, and M. I. Stockman. Nano Letters. 6, 1113 (2006)
  22. Asymmetric propagation of electromagnetic waves through a planar chiral structure. V. A. Fedotov, P. L. Mladyonov, S. L. Prosvirnin, A. V. Rogacheva, Y. Chen, and N. I. Zheludev. Physical Review Letters. 97, 167401 (2006)
  23. Phase coexistence in gallium nanoparticles controlled by electron excitation. Pochon S, MacDonald KF, Knize RJ, Zheludev NI. Physical Review Letters. 92, 145702 (2004)
  24. Active plasmonics: Controlling signals in Au/Ga waveguide using nanoscale structural transformations. Krasavin AV, Zheludev NI, Applied Physics Letters. 84, 1416 -1418 (2004)
  25. Optical manifestations of planar chirality. Papakostas A, Potts A, Bagnall DM, Prosvirnin SL, Coles HJ, Zheludev NI. Physical Review Letters. 107404 (2003)