Javier Aizpurua (Donostia International Physics Center, and University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain)

Javier Aizpurua is an Ikerbasque Research Professor at Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) in San Sebastian, where he leads the “Theory of Nanophotonics Group” (http//cfm.ehu.eus/nanophotonics) devoted to the study of the interaction of light and nanostructured materials. Javier Aizpurua achieved his Ph. D. at the University of the Basque Country on the theory of Plasmon excitation by fast electron beams. After research positions at Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) and NIST (USA), he joined DIPC as a research Fellow. Since 2008, Aizpurua has been leading his group of Nanophotonics at the Center of Materials Physics at CSIC, and since 2024, he has been appointed Ikerbasque Research Professor and Basque Quantum (BasQ) director. Aizpurua collaborates intensely with some of the top groups of nanophotonics all along the world, and has participated in several international scientific projects and networks in the area of nanophotonics. The main impact of his research has been in the field of optical nanoantennas and nanoplasmonics, and more specifically, in the role of quantum effects in the optoelectronic and optomechanical response of nanosystems.

Website: https://cfm.ehu.es/nanophotonics/




Laura Lechuga (Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC, Spain)

Prof. Laura M. Lechuga is Full Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Head of the Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in Barcelona (Spain) and at the Networking Biomedical Research Center (CIBER-BBN). The principal focus of her research is the development of novel nanobiosensor devices based on Nanoplasmonics and Silicon Photonics principles for point-of-care diagnostics. Prof. Lechuga is a world reference in the Photonic Biosensor area, making key contributions and opening new horizons in this field. Her research activities cover from fundamental research to the technological operation of complete sensing platforms, including the technological transfer into products of social applicability. She has published over 300 articles, book chapters and proceedings, has 8 families of patents and four trade secrets, has co-founded two spin-offs companies and has presented her work in more than 490 invited talks. The quality of her research has been recognised by more than 22 prestigious prizes and awards, as the Spanish National Research Award in 2020, the King Jaume I award in New Technologies in 2020, the Ada Byron 2020 Prize, the Physics, Innovation and Technology Prize from the Spanish Royal Physics Society (RSEF) and BBVA Foundation (2016), the Lung Ambition Alliance Prize from ASTRAZENECA, and the National Prize in Nanotechnology, among many others.


Scientific seminar: Nanophotonics biosensors for Ultrasensitive and Label-free diagnostics at the Point-of-Care




Lukas Novotny (ETH Zurich, Switzerland):

Prof. Novotny graduated in electrical engineering, and then obtained his PhD from ETH Zurich, where he nowadays works as a professor of photonics; he is also a distinguished invited professor at ICFO, Barcelona. His expertise and interests cover broader fields of photonics and optoelectronics, spanning from levitodynamics to 2D materials. In his research, he aims to understand and control light-matter interactions on a nanometer scale. The applications of this research range from ultrasensitive detection and metrology to efficient and directional photon emission; he holds eight patents.

Website: http://www.photonics.ethz.ch/

Scientific seminar: Quantum control of levitated particles




Maxim Shcherbakov (University of California Irvine)

Prof. Shcherbakov obtained his PhD degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University, and he nowadays teaches at the School of Engineering, University of California, Irvine. His research merges fundamental physics and cutting-edge nanotechnology towards novel photonic devices. His group uses nanotechnology to invent nanomaterials with unprecedented flexibility to manipulate light on demand. His groups’ theoretical and experimental methods propose sophisticated, light-based components with possible applications in imagers, telecommunications and quantum computing.

Website: https://shcherbakov.eng.uci.edu/




Local Lecturers:

Monica Bollani, IFN-CNR LNESS (Como, Italy)

Monica Bollani is a researcher at IFN in LNESS laboratory (Como, Italy). She obtained a European PhD in 2000 in Materials Physics (Marseille,France) and until 2004, she moved to a research post-doc position targeting the SiGe epitaxial growth at the ETH in Zurich (CH). Then she became a researcher at CNR in Italy working in the semiconductor growth and, starting form 2009, in optical and electron-beam lithography group in L-NESS, mainly dedicated to nano-fabrication of low-dimensional semiconductor systems. She is responsible of the nano and microfabrication activity on semiconductor materials at LNESS laboratory. She has a broad and multi-disciplinary education integrated by an extended experience in sensors fabrication, in photonics and plasmonic, project management and lab and clean room operations.

Website: http://lness.como.polimi.it/monicabollani.php

Scientific seminar: Optical metasurfaces and meta modulators: from the design to device fabrication and characterization.




Tiziana Cesca, University of Padova (Padova, Italy)

Tiziana Cesca is Associate Professor in Experimental Physics of Matter at the University of Padova and she works at the Department of Physics and Astronomy (DFA). Her research activity is mainly experimental and is focused on the investigation of structural and optical properties of nanostructured materials for applications in nanophotonics (in particular plasmonics) and nonlinear optics. Her interests include also the study of structural, electrical and optical properties of impurities introduced in semiconductors and glasses by ion implantation for applications in the field of optoelectronics. She is co-author of 111 publications on international journals with peer review and 1 book chapter. She presented 39 contributions at International Conferences (13 Invited Talks) and 7 seminars at international Institutions. She has been member of the Organizing Committee of 7 International Conferences.

 Website: https://materia.dfa.unipd.it/nsg/

Scientific seminar: Tunable nonlinear optical response in hyperbolic metamaterials.




Marco Liscidini, University of Pavia (Pavia, Italy)

Marco Liscidini is currently a professor at the Department of Physics of the University of Pavia, a member of the Steering Committee of the National Quantum Science and Technology Institute and serves as a technical advisor to Xanadu Quantum Technologies Inc., Toronto, Canada. His research activity is focused on the theoretical study and modelling of the light-¬matter interaction in micro- and nanostructures. He works in several areas of photonics, including classical and quantum nonlinear optics, spontaneous emission, plasmon and QW-exciton polaritons, optical sensing and bio-sensing, and photovoltaic effects. His theoretical research activity is in strong collaboration with experimental groups and in the framework of national, European, US, and Canadian research programs. He is a Fellow of Optica.

Website: http://www.liscidini.com/

Scientific seminar: Enhancing the quantum nonlinear light-matter interaction in photonic nanostructures: how to squeeze light out of a resonator.




Cristian Manzoni, IFN-CNR Milan (Milan, Italy)

Dr. Cristian Manzoni is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies of the Italian National Research Council (IFN-CNR), in Milan. His research activity focuses on the development of ultrabroadband parametric amplifiers for the generation of few-cycle light pulses in the ultraviolet, visible and infrared spectral range. The research also involves the characterization of light pulses and their manipulation, for applications in time-resolved spectroscopy of organic and inorganic systems, and for the study of femtochemical reactions. Spectroscopic characterizations involve Pump-probe, 2D spectroscopy and Raman-induced processes at femtosecond time-scales.

Website: https://ifn.cnr.it/people/cristian-manzoni/